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Pretty good SHTF / post apocalypse book and on sale for kindle for .99
Basically the book centers around and old man that is a scavenger for a small tribe. He runs into some interesting things and... well I wont spoil it.
Think of The Road meets The Old Man and the Sea. It actually works very well.
It is not super long (I read it in an evening but I read super fast YMMV)
Well worth the download.
I picked this up for pretty much the same reason (it was 99c), and I came away with a similar impression. It's hard to write a book that primarily features just one character by himself for long stretches, and Cole does a great job with it. I thought the very ending was a bit of a cop-out, though.