BDS Book Festival – The End and The Long Road + Interview with G. Michael Hopf

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival – The End and The Long Road + Interview with G. Michael Hopf

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  G. Michael Hopf , the author of The End and The Long Road is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with a free copy of his two books.

Both books are survival fiction set in post-apocalyptic world.  Why is it useful to read survival fiction?  As you follow the decisions and choices made by the characters, you have an opportunity to ask yourself “What would I do if I were placed in that situation?”.

The End and Long Road Interview & Giveaway

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of the giveaway below.

An Interview with G. Michael Hopf

Tell me about your books, The End and The Long Road. What are they about?

I have written two novels, they are books 1 & 2 in a series titled, The New World. The first book is titled, The End – A Post-apocalyptic Novel and book 2 is titled, The Long Road.

The series follows several point of view characters around the world as they etch out an existence in a post EMP world. Several super-EMP weapons have been detonated over North America, Europe and East Asia, resulting in a catastrophic collapse of the power grids and most electrical devices in those areas. Without power and with fast dwindling resources these characters must fight to survive

The End sets up the situation and you’re with the characters over a six week time period. The Long Road picks up right where The End closed and follows the characters through 4 more weeks.

What type of research did you have to do while writing The End and The Long Road?

The internet obviously provided a great resource for information on certain topics but finding reliable sourcing can be difficult. I pride myself on having accurate portrayals so after exhausting the internet I found experts in certain fields and interviewed them.

The interview process was amazing! The amount of detailed information, specifically on governmental response to a wide scale event was eye opening. I highly recommend to those writing to look past the internet and conducts in depth interviews on topics related to what you’re writing about.

How long did they take to write?

The End took the longest because it was a part time endeavor, from start to finish for the first draft it took me 18 months. The Long Road was quite different, upon seeing how well the sales were doing for The End, I quit my job and wrote full time. I completed The Long Road in 3 months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope your readers will take with them after reading The End and The Long Road?

I have two messages actually.

One, be prepared. After interviewing former government officials the over arching point they made is the government has limitations in response capability. While they will want to come to aid in any calamity they will be limited if the event is large scale. It is really important for people not to look to the government for security. It is up to the individual to take care of themselves and the first responsible step is to be prepared.

Two, our electrical infrastructure is vulnerable. We have created a wonderful system that makes our lives easier and convenient but it is not hardened. If the main power grids have a catastrophic failure it will result in cascading failures down the system to our own homes. An EMP is one way to cripple the power grid, the Sun can emit a massive CME or terrorists can bring it down by a cyber attack. Whatever the means, if the power grids fail, we are in trouble.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

As a young man, I loved adventure, but I wasn’t the weekend warrior type. If I liked something, I’d do it for a living.

I saw the world and wanted to be a part of it so the first thing I did as a legal adult was join the Marine Corps. I spent 6 years in and served with many great men in the Persian Gulf War. I was a commercial diver working off oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico for a couple years after the Corps and then spent 9 years as a bodyguard working for corporate types and even the Saudi Royal family.

In between those two jobs I traveled the world many times. Upon one of my travels I met my wife, Tahnee and she gave me what no adventure could, so I settled down and now we have two beautiful daughters, Scarlette and Savannah. I live in Southern California and have a great life as a writer.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have plans for many more books. Book 3 of The New World series will be published by Plume in April, 2014 with Book 4 following closely behind in the summer of 2014. The New World series will comprise 7 books in total so, yes, I have plans for more books. I am also working on a spin off series with one of the characters from The Long Road.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I want to say thank you to all the readers out there who have read the books. I love interacting with them. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for my readers. I am grateful to many in my life but the readers are what keeps this series alive and going.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of both books have been reserved for one lucky reader.  It has been awhile since I have compiled a list of reader favorites so here is the question:

What is your favorite survival fiction novel?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The Final Word

It is always a toss up when I select the next book I want to read; sometimes I choose something educational and other times I choose survival fiction.  You will find this story of a post EMP-world frightening if only because it really could happen.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of G. Michael Hopf’s two book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Items:  The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)

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For Gordon Van Zandt life once was one of duty and loyalty to his country, so when 9/11 happened he dropped out of college and joined the Marine Corps. This youthful idealism vanished one fateful day in a war torn city in Iraq. Ten years later, he is still struggling with the ghosts of his past but must now face a new reality thrust on him and his family. North America, Europe and the Far East have all suffered a devastating Super-EMP attack that has caused catastrophic damage to the power grids and all electrical devices.

With nothing working from cars to phones and with the total collapse of the economic infrastructure, Gordon must fight for the limited and fast dwindling resources. He knows survival requires action and cooperation with his neighbors. As daily life continues to break down so does all sense of civility within his community. With each passing day Gordon makes choices that would seem extreme in today’s world but necessary in this new world.

The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)

The End was just the beginning of the new world.  It has been 6 weeks since the attacks; the United States is a wasteland of starving bands of survivors, mobs and gangs. Millions are dead and millions more are suffering and will die.

For Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Cruz and Barone, the turmoil and chaos they dealt with before will seem trivial now as the real collapse of society plays out before their eyes.  They all have suffered great loss but what is coming towards them on the journey ahead will test their sanity. Uncertainty abounds as they all travel different paths in search of a safe place to call home.

The one thing that is certain, The Long Road will take its toll on all of them.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances:  Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival


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80 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – The End and The Long Road + Interview with G. Michael Hopf”

  1. I would say (in spite of the howls from some) that my favorite survival fiction is the “Deathlands” series. What makes it even better is the audio ‘shows’ by Graphic audio. – Note! These are ADULT stories and contain graphic violence and sexual situations (which I usually skip over).

  2. Well, since I’ve only read one “survival fiction” novel, my answer will have to be “One Second After,” but it has certainly whet my appetite to read more–and The New World series sounds like a great place to start!

  3. One of the very first survival books I read was “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. Still by far my favorite. And also, with me being a man proud of his Southern heritage, it was fun having the setting in North Carolina. Well written, great characters and definately a page turner.

    Not for nothing, but a close second, even though this covers two genres, would be “Day by Day Armageddon” by J.L. Bourne. Both survival story and zombie action? Can’t get much better than that!

  4. My favorite survival fiction novel that I’ve read to date is “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. How real the possibility of events transpiring like that is anyone’s guess. The scariest portion of the book to come to grips with is the collapse of the medical system. Those in nursing care and hospital facilities will suffer the most the soonest. Next anyone dependent on medication for serious chronic conditions will also suffer greatly. Lets pray there is never an event that impacts the entire country to the degree in “One Second After”. Regional service disruption events happen like hurricanes such as Katrina and Sandy or earth quakes like the 1994 North Ridge quake. Each event illustrates the need to prepare on the individual, local, State, and Federal levels. But only count on your individual preparedness efforts.

  5. My favorite is The Postman by David Brin because it’s set in Oregon and the final battle is near where I grew up. I learned a lot from this book as it was one of the first survival novels I read.

  6. I loved “Patriot Dawn” by Max Velocity, but just before reading your post I had put “One Second After” on my Amazon wish list. After reading these reviews, I suppose I will order it.

  7. Going Home is my favorite survival book.
    Being able to put myself in shoes and see how I may have done things differently. I have read one second after, and 3 of james w. rawles books. I have read the end by G. Michael Hopf on my kindle.

  8. Without a doubt – One Second After, amazing book!!!
    Was my first survivor/survival book and a very hard act to follow – it ‘woke me up’ to potential situations and how to try to prepare to protect myself & loved ones – took pages of notes/lists!

  9. I have two that choosing my favorite depends on which one I’m reading. Alas Babylon and One Second After. Different scenarios, different styles of writing, but both spellbinding. I just purchased Lucifer’s Hammer and it looks like it could be really good as well. As you can tell reading IS my preferred entertainment. Thank you for the opportunity to win these books. Good luck everyone.

  10. Robinson Crusoe – the unedited/abbreviated full-lenght version that explores his mind as well as the surrounding area. It can be a long and slow read, but really how cool would it be to be stranded like that; but not alone.
    I read it when I was 10 and I am reading the full-lenght version right now thanks to my daughter’s Kindle and the free books from Amazon.

  11. I like the books by Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming. The Grid Down series and A Rabid Mind. He started with non-fiction books about snaring & trapping which is where I started following him. But I think my favorite survival fiction book so far is Phoenix Island by Charlotte Paul. It’s just different from all the others. Thanks BDS for turning me on to it as a free Kindle download!

    • Oooops! I got my titles confused. It should be ONE SECOND AFTER by WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, but the first one I mentioned is a good read too.

  12. The one that really sticks in my mind, I read in the 1950’s and introduced me to thinking about survival. It was “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank. It was really good and very much impressed me as a teenager. Saw it in the library the other day. Think I will check it out again.

  13. My favorite survival fiction novel is probably the first one I ever read (and I’m aging myself here 😉 – Lucifer’s Hammer.

  14. “Patriots” was the book that got me reading survival fiction. Although I read “Alas Babylon” 60 years ago. Patriots is an excellent book and there is a lot to learn in it.

  15. ‘Alas, Babylon’ started my enthusiasm for Post-apocalyptic fiction 23 years ago when my twin sons brought the book home from school as required reading for their English class. It has remained my favorite all these years, followed closely by ‘Lights Out’ by David Crawford & ‘Lucifers Hammer’ by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.

  16. I haven’t read a lot of survival fiction, although there are quite a few on my list to read, but the first one I read, and therefore I’ll have to list as my favorite, was Patriots.
    I will have to add all the ones I’ve seen listed here to my list!

  17. I have 2 favorite one fiction and one non-fiction. For the fiction, it is “Patriots” by James Wesley, Rawles. It is about an economy collapse and how one network of friends manages to pull together and survive. It sounds so real like as this is what it really going to be like it such thing happens.

    My second favorite is a non-fiction book about ideas on how to prepare. It is called “How To Survive The End of The World As We Know it.” The funny thing I never knew it is by the same author till just know when I was writing this blog. So it is also by James Wesley Rawles. Lots of ideas in this book from water/food to growing a garden in unrest times to communication and home security. Granted every idea did not fit my liking but that is an opinion everyone needs to make for their self.

  18. I like the book One Second After. It really hit home as to what would happen if an EMP event occurred. I’ve loaned it out continuously but it has been passed on to others from those I loaed it to but that is okay because it is well worth reading.

  19. Well, I am only in my 3rd month of being a prepper, and I have been studying so many things that I have not had much time for fiction. Back in the day, and I am not sure this one counts, I read all 12 books of the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (ok, I read them twice, they were that good). I figured that since the good guys had to live under the radar of society at large, it just might be able to slip under the wire for survival.
    Gaye, I am voting for you everyday! Your numbers are way up there! Yay!

    • Well, I read the previous entries and so many recommended the book, One second after, that I had to go and order it. Should be here in a few days. I would have gone to the store to get it, but the last time I went for one item I walked out with three bags full, LOL.

  20. My favorite survival fiction was The Ash series by William Johnstone. The Ash series was a group of books with Ben Raines as the main character and his team of rebels after the collapse. It took place in the Tri States Area. These books had survival information, military applications and heroes. I highly recommend this series. In addition, Lucifer’s Hammer was an excellent novel.

  21. My favorite survival fiction novel that I’ve read so far is “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. I am reading the 299 Days series by Glen Tate, but it is disappointing. He is stretching out the story in 10 books, which I think is just a marketing ploy. Each of the books isn’t a story into itself, but just one long narrative. Oops, I told you my favorite plus my not so favorite.

  22. I read Lights out last year and thought it was good and I’ve ready several by Archer Garrett. I usually read more nonfiction than fiction in prepper books. Right now I’m reading about herbs. 🙂

  23. The Road would probably be one of my favorite books and movie. It makes you think of the way things could or would be if the SHTF.

  24. My favorite survival novel is 1984 by George Orwell. This novel presents a leading character who cannot win. Theoretically this novel is about a place/situation where conditions and the quality of life are dreadful. In literature it is a dystopian environment but this novel gives a warning of what to watch out for and what to prepare against. The first time I read it some 50 years ago it described a world that was beyond belief. In the 50 years since we have seen most of the content come to past and I fear that we might not be able to prevent or avoid the full fruition. The most notable aspect is what is described as double-speak. Our elected officials are expert at it. Right is left, up is down, good is bad, bad is good, etc. Our every thought is captured, analyzed, and stored for what future purpose we can only guess. When published it was fiction – now I’m not so sure.

  25. I love the “Going Home” series..can’t wait till book #4 comes out. Also at the moment I’m reading “BrushFire Plague”. Never would read fiction, but the bug has bit me!

  26. I started out with “One Second After” so that directed me to a Survival Expo where I got the book and got hooked on the “Going Home” series. I’m love being directed to new reading!

  27. I loved Swiss Family Robinson as a child. I believe it shaped my “prepper” mindset. One Second After is my current favorite because it is also a mind-shaper.

  28. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden is a great novel. My friend had it on her shelf and I picked it up for grins and giggles but ended up finishing it overnight. Great read! I’m such a bookworm, I’d love to have a copy of the first two New World books – come on April for number 3!

  29. “One Second After” is my favorite so far. The amount of times the reader gets the chance to say “What would I do?” or my fave “I never would have thought of that” makes it a great novel AND a great learning experience. Thanks.

  30. I’m just now starting to read some survival fiction and have some of the one’s mentioned above in my TBR pile. “One Second After” is near the top.

    I’m going to say that the Left Behind series is my favorite.
    I’m sure there are those who will disagree, but I have always thought this series as a bit it of survival fiction.

    Another book I enjoyed was Ariel by Stephen R. Boyette. This is more fantasy survival fiction from 1983.

  31. “One Second After” remains one of my favorite books. I remember waking up in the middle of the night after finishing it and having to start reading it again.

  32. Patriots by James Wesley Rawles. It was a good book loaded with suggestions and hints by way of the characters’ choices and actions so you could learn about survival while being entertained.

  33. The only one I have read so far is One Second After. It was a great book. I’m fairly new to prepping and it was definitely an eye opener for the possibilities we could be facing in the future.It’s really what set us on the road to prepping. Looking forward to reading more.

  34. I have not read a lot of survival fiction yet but I like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Not really part of the genre but a lot of ideas of life would be in the 18th century for a person used to the modern world.

  35. Definitely for me it was One Second After by William R. Forstchen which had me literally crying throughout the last part. The book made me serious. The next best book was Grid Down by Bruce Hemming. Both books have made me more aware of what is going on.

  36. Grid Down Reality Bites by Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming and Sara Freeman. Bugging Out to Nowhere by Payle Roberts. These two are my favorite. I started out with Alas Babylon, Luciafer’s Hammer and a book no longer in print titled Power Play. ( Other books have been written with the same title , the original is about a grid down on the east coast)One Second After and Lights Out.

  37. My husband & I both love survival fiction. We have both read and enjoyed One Second After and found it to be well written literature. BUT my favorite survival fiction, hands down, is THE REMAINING series by D.J. Molles! Even though the storyline is about a virus that creates zombies, it really opened my eyes to the folly of trying to “go-it-alone”.

  38. There are so many really good ones out there. As far as the best, I’m going to say One Second After. Read it a year and a half ago, just finished reading it for the second time.

  39. The Survivalist by Circumstances series by Cholley was my first foray into this fiction genre. The next was the Eden series by Tackitt and the first Grid Down book by Hemming.

  40. Wow based on the above posts looks like I have a few more to add to my list of books I want to read. But of the ones I have read so far I would have to say Disaster – to late to prep. It might have some slight grammar/spelling issues but the story itself is very believable and it gets you to think about how close to reality it might be.

  41. My favorite survival fiction novel is still Pat Frank’s Alas Babylon. It introduced me prepping when prepping wasn’t vogue and inspired me to learn Beekeeping and start food storage. I have read almost every survival fiction novel since, and enjoy and learn from them, but Alas Babylon will ALWAYS be my favorite.

  42. Toss up between Lucifer’s Hammer & Alas Babylon.
    Still wanting Atlas Shrugged.
    Thanks for the chance at the new ones. Mike

  43. “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean C. George is still a favorite of mine. I like the dvd too. They are old and simple but the book got me started on survival/outdoor preparation stuff way, way back in the day. I think I was in the sixth grade when I first read it. That was a long time ago. I have had both of my kids read it at one time during the summer when they were young. It is a simple, fun read.

  44. I have read the Left Behind series and My Side of the Mountain. I can’t wait to read all of the highly recommended books on this site!

  45. I have read The Left Behind Series and loved it, and very anxious to read these 2 and many other survival books!!

  46. My favorite is LIGHTS OUT. I could easily place my family in the book. It was a very realistic setting in a neighborhood where one of the neighbors who who is a reluctant leader and knows he does not have all the answers; but, brings the diverse neighbors together and makes a defendable subdivision and with neighborhood meetings sets up security, provides water sources, starts gardens, wood supplies etc. This was a very realistic book and incorporates the sheriff and official agencies in the situation in a realistic loss of power situation. Deals with all our basic needs in an entertaining no one had fantastic resources or years of stored supplies but through everyone working together they made it. This book helped me to prepare my little area of the world as well as showed the need for group involvement. Learned one family can’t go it alone and it’s amazing the different skills found in a group. A person just can’t know it all or do it all alone. Fantastic read.

  47. The novel and the movie “The Road”. This story really shook me up! A good introduction to the post-world.

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