Solar Storm is for those wanting a story that relates how the average citizen—not asuper-soldier—reacts and adapts in a nationwide grid downsituation. It is the story of change, survival, and ultimately thestrength of one man’s love for his family. Solar Storm is an ongoing serialized story, written in episodes of around 20,000-25,000 words each (around 100 pages), written with the aim to educate and inspire, as well as entertain.
Jay Cantrell will find his daughter…or die trying.
He had the perfect life as a small-town librarian: married just over a year to a beautiful airline pilot and with an daughter in college studying to be an astrophysicist. He’s ready to celebrate his first anniversary as he adjusts to an empty nest.
But the sun had other plans.
Awakened before dawn by northern lights—in Illinois— that covered the entire sky, Jay’s entire world changes in the blink of an eye. Flying a planeload of passengers to Hawaii, his wife, Kate, experiences the coronal mass ejection in a whole other light and must fight to stay alive every step of the way. Leah, Jay’s daughter, is left stranded at college and witnesses the collapse of society through the eyes of a student far from home.
Jay sets out to rescue his daughter and must make a harrowing journey through a post-apocalyptic wasteland as the rest of the country comes to grips with just how serious things have become.
In a world where electricity is a thing of the past, can there be any hope for the future? After all, it’s not a matter of if a CME will strike, but when.
How far are you willing to go?
Jay Cantrell kissed his old life goodbye and started out to find his daughter. Will he have what it takes to reach her in time? The veneer of civilization is cracking all around him and he has two options: give up and become a statistic, or fight and rescue his daughter.
Kate survived the landing, but can she survive a cross-country trip in a world without electricity? From the moment she steps off her plane, Kate discovers the world will never be the same. It’s a long way from California to Illinois…
Leah faces down unrest on campus and must decide whether to stay and face starving locals or flee with other students into the vast unknown. Without a way to communication with her father, she has to put her life on the line: bug in or bug out?
Civilization is a thin veneer…
Jay, Leah, and Kate all witness civilization crumble as they try to survive the chaos following a massive CME event from three vantage points: on the road in the midwest, on the road in the western desert, and at college in Indiana.
On his way to find Leah, Jay is confronted and forced to decide whether to stick to his beliefs or join the rest of humanity in the ultimate struggle where only the strong survive. Will he place his faith in the goodness of mankind or in himself?
Kate, alone in the desert, comes face to face with how low people can sink in a world without rule of law. She must decide who and what to trust: a stranded woman or her training.
Leah, trapped at school in an untenable situation, finds out that privileged students at college are not immune to succumbing to mankind’s baser instincts. As she watches her campus tear itself apart when the food runs out, her faith in Jay is cast in doubt.
Only the strong will survive…
Jay, Leah, and Kate are all tested and pushed to their limits in this exciting episode of Solar Storm.
Jay is left without a car again when his plans fall apart and he finds himself on foot, hiking through winter in Indiana to reach his daughter. Exhausted, wounded, and alone, Jay must find the will to push through and rescue his child.
Kate, back in control of her own destiny, faces a taste of the reality FEMA has delivered to the major cities of America in the aftermath of the coronal mass ejection. She must pass through the fire to return home, but only if she’s ready to sacrifice everything.
Leah and the other students left behind become firsthand witnesses to the desperation of man and what violence that can bring. They are forced to dig deep and defend themselves, or risk becoming a footnote in a new, darker history of mankind.
The end of the beginning…
In the concluding episode to Season 1, the Cantrells face a nightmare scenario where their very survival is anything but guaranteed.
Jay and Leah take stock of what remains of their lives, their neighborhood, and their home. They have new allies to help them survive to see the next sunrise, but also have discovered new enemies who face desperation of their own.
Kate, once lost to the world, discovers what she left behind looks nothing like she remembered. In a world of change, her anchor—family—is nowhere to be found. Instead, Kate is beset by strangers and attacked. The only thing she can count on is her will to survive.
When stars flare, civilizations fall.
What would you do to save your family if the world were plunged back into the Dark Ages? Jay Cantrell must face that question after a massive coronal mass ejection slams into our world and creates a global blackout that may last for generations.
His wife, Kate, is an airline pilot, on a routine flight to Hawaii when the lights go out and she’s forced to fight or die as she travels across the country.
Leah, Jay’s daughter, is trapped at school when the power grid dies and witnesses first hand what the collapse of society looks like, up close and personal.
Solar Storm: Season 1 is the complete set of all five Solar Storm episodes in one book, including a never-before seen bonus chapter previously cut from Episode 1. Over 400 pages of post-apocalyptic chaos and survival, Solar Storm: Season 1 is told through the eyes of average people, some more prepared than others, and offers a glimpse into a very real future that could happen at any time.
The continuing adventures of Jay and Leah Cantrell, their daughter, Leah, and their group of survivors struggling to forge a new life in a world without power, a world where Darkness Falls.
Sometimes a helping hand isn’t so helpful…
Jay Cantrell, worried that his hands, injured in their trek across the Midwest (Season 1), are infected, tries to keep the secret from his group. They’d survived the journal from Illinois to Indiana, returned home to Illinois, and crossed the Michigan border—worrying about his health wouldn’t do anyone any good.
Kate, tense from her harrowing trip across the country, is forced to take on the leadership of the group…while Mac prepares his compound for his friends’ arrival and runs into unexpected complications in the form of suspicious neighbors.
When the Cantrell vehicle breaks down, help comes in the form of a stranger with questionable ties of friendship. He offers assistance…for a price.
Can the group afford…CONTACT?
When there’s no way out, even safety can be dangerous.
Kate Cantrell, now the undisputed group leader, is quarantined with the others in the town of Grover Creek, Michigan, controlled by seemingly benign militiamen. But despite the way the town appears—as if the solar storm never happened—something is dangerously wrong. With Jay in the town hospital under constant care, the Cantrells are well and truly trapped.
In northern Michigan, Mac discovers that not all militias are made equal. He’s drawn into a civil war whether he wants to participate or not—the lives of his friends may just depend on it.
In the end, when you have no other options left, desperation might just make your decisions for you.
What would you leave behind in order to escape?
Forced to make a choice between abandoning the people who gave them shelter or saving their own lives, Kate and the group bet on themselves. They hatch a daring escape plan, involving sympathetic locals who aren’t as docile as their militia overlords thought.
Up north, Mac comes to grips with what he’s done, what’s happening around him, and what will likely happen next. He begins construction of a last-ditch retreat cabin that may well prove pivotal to his—and the Cantrells—survival.
But when Kate and the others steal out of Grover Creek in the dark of night, they run the risk of incurring the wrath of people who have up morals when the lights went out.
A person can only be pushed so far…
Kate and the group are safe at last—but the cost may be more than they can bear. She left someone behind and is ready to risk everything they’ve fought for to bring them home and a daring rescue mission is launched to make the group whole once more. Yet nothing is as easy as it first seems…
After the lights went out, Kate, Jay, Leah, and Mac have been running—from the collapse of society, from desperate neighbors, from sociopaths unleashed by the absence of the rule of law, from threats around every corner.
It’s time to take a stand, time to hold the line…it’s time to strike back.
To secure peace…prepare for war.
The Cantrells have survived everything the world threw at them since the lights went out, but what’s coming will test each and every one of the group, pushing them to their very limits. When they struck deep at the heart of the Grover County Militia, they not only took a stand against tyranny, they took sides in a civil war.
Now is the calm before the storm. They know what’s coming. They know who’s hunting them. But they have only one option as winter engulfs their northern Michigan refuge: prepare for battle.
Will they have time enough to heal? Will they have time enough to build? Will they have time enough to arm and train? Will they have time enough to love and recover? Or will the fight find them at last…
Heroes will rise…
Hunted down by the Grover County Militia, Jay and the group make their last stand. Outmanned, outgunned, surrounded—all seems lost. But the Cantrells have something the militia didn’t plan on: Mac.
Backs against the wall, time running out, Mac and the group plant their flag and draw a line in the sand. When the Grover County Militia crosses that line, hell breaks loose in northern Michigan.
When the dust settles, only the strong will survive and inherit the freedom paid for with the blood of the brave. But who will be left to pick up the pieces?
©2017 The Freeholder Press