05 November 2011

Desperate Times by Nicholas Antinozzi

Desperate Times by Nicholas Antinozzi

Published: 4 April 2010

Genre/s: Post Apocalyptic, Financial Collapse

Source: Own Library

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK


Jimmy Logan wakes up in the morning to find that the stock market is crashing and the dollar has collapsed. He makes a trip to town and finds the banks closed and hyperinflation has hit the streets. Many believe it’s the End of Times. Jimmy joins up with some friends and they head north to ride out the storm. That’s when they find that everyone wants what they have, and will kill to get it.

My Thoughts

For me, Desperate Times had some very good things going for it, but also a few negatives thrown into the mix.

Desperate Times is the story of Jimmy, an average blue-collar kinda guy, with an average job, living in an average home with an average live-in girlfriend. Jimmy's boss, and family friend Ken, predicts a financial collapse in the very near future, and has planned for the possible consequences. With his finger on the pulse, Ken has prepared his cabin in the woods and has invited a select group of friends to join him for 'the duration', including Jimmy and his girlfriend Paula.

However, Ken's wife Patty has other ideas, and invites along far more people than Ken wanted, and as the woman wearing the pants, gets her own way, no arguments.

As the impact of the financial collapse spreads across the state, Jimmy and his group find themselves thrown into a world where humanity's morals are rapidly falling to the wayside. Throw in a bunch of bad guys (motorcycle gang, insane extremist pastor etc.), some more good guys (the town doctor, Patty's hair-stylist) and a whole bunch of easily influenced people, and you have the making of a good PA drama.

The characters are a little cookie-cutter, but also have some flaws that make them much more likeable than the characters of some other PA novels I have recently read. They make mistakes, don't believe that everyone has a good side, have complicated relationships and don't miraculously become ninja-warriors when faced with baddies. And sometimes good people die.

There are small excerpts at the start of each chapter make for interesting reading and add some more realism to an already possible scenario.

On the negative side, the dialogue is a little stilted in places, there is no mention of what is happening outside the lake and small town where the book is set, no travellers turning up out of the blue bring news from other places. There are also some editing issues, but I've definitely seen worse.

Overall, if you enjoy PA novels, this one will most probably appeal to you.


  1. Thank you so much for the nice review, Kat. I know there were some bumps and bruises along the way, but I did the best I could and the book seems to have been well-received. I just tried to keep it as real as I could (and still keep the reader interested.) Stay tuned, I'm working on the last book of the trilogy and personally, I thinks its 10 times the book DT is. I do think you'll like it. Thanks again and keep reading! Remember, the television is your enemy! ;-)

  2. Thanks Nick - your writing has massive potential and I am honoured to be part of it. Desperate Times 2 is coming up soon!



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