“Being the #1 bestseller in Western Science Fiction for more than five months took us by surprise,” said co-author and San Tan Valley resident, Tony Martineau. “We knew there was interest in the topic of preparedness, but never imagined it would have such a worldwide appeal.”
This novel skillfully weaves fact with fiction. Scenes from the novel depict survival skills that would be needed during any type of emergency in our arid climate.
“Even if you don’t think the world is coming to an end, Post Grid makes you think about what could happen if you lost power for a couple of days or a week,” said Nancy Martineau. “Very few people have enough water stored for drinking, let alone for cleaning. After only a few days of no power, most would find it difficult to make meals, keep their kids entertained, and stay comfortable.”
In the novel the power grid has failed and civilized society is rapidly deteriorating. Kelly Wise knows that to survive, she must leave the city and reach the safety of her mother’s rural Arizona ranch. On the dangerous journey by horseback, she encounters Jared Malloy, a sheriff’s deputy who has been shot and left for dead. He’s a liability, but as a nurse, Kelly knows he doesn’t stand a chance without her. The eclectic group of survivors, including a Civil Air Patrol search and rescue ground team, greets them at the ranch. Kelly soon understands that their combined knowledge and skills may just be the thing that saves them all. Anyone who has traveled between Phoenix and Payson will appreciate the books settings.
“The plot has an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, destroying the grid. An EMP causes an energy wave that can ravage electronic systems and components by instantaneously bombarding the earth’s atmosphere with thousands of volts of electricity without harming living creatures,” explains Tony. “This can be a natural occurrence such as a coronal mass ejection, also known as a solar flare, or it can be caused by the detonation of a nuclear device high above the earth. A nuclear bomb’s size and the altitude at which it is detonated determine how widespread its electrical grid-killing effects are. It doesn’t have to be an EMP that deprives us of electricity. Recently we have been reminded that our electrical grid is vulnerable to physical and cyber attack by domestic and foreign enemies.”
Nancy continues, “We are particularly vulnerable here in the desert to power outages because we need electricity to supply water. Every drop is pumped out of the ground or pumped from our reservoirs into the canal system. Even people with wells can’t extract water without electric pumps; our ground water is too deep. Swimming pool water can’t be used for drinking because of its high concentration of salts and other contaminants. Our goal in writing this novel was to give people suggestions for just such an occurrence, while giving hope with a community-based tale of survival.”
About the Authors
Tony Martineau is a former Deputy U.S. Marshal and flight paramedic who continues to work in law enforcement and as a wildfire line medic. Nancy Martineau is a nurse specializing in emergency and pre-hospital medicine. The couple has been active in search and rescue, both Civil Air Patrol and Maricopa Medical Rescue Posse, in the desert areas that serve as the setting for their book. Both are long-time amateur radio operators. They have two non-fiction books to their credit: Camp Health and First Aid In My Pocket, and Labor and Delivery In My Pocket.