I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a unbiased review. I just bought the damn book. It was that good. Where to start? Everything, and I mean everything, was done right with this book.
I cared about the characters. That says a lot. I really cared about what happened to them. The female characters were well written. They were not victims or just observers of the action. When something bad happened to them, they fought back and took revenge just as well as the male characters did. Kudos to Mr. Parker for getting that right.
The pacing was incredible. It was not just insomnia and shoulder pain that kept me reading until early this morning. As I finished each chapter, I had to know what happened next and kept reading. When I finished the book, I felt like I did not want to leave these people. I liked them and wanted more time with them.
The situation which brought about the apocalypse/armageddon was believable. Apocalypse fiction is my favorite, probably because I grew up during the cold war when nuclear war was a daily threat. The details Mr. Parker has with the nuclear blasts and aftermaths are great. His concept of nuclear winter is first rate (reminded me of how well Robert McCammon captured it in Swan Song). Then there are the zombies, mutants and mutated insects. I will skip the biggest monster for readers to discover themselves (Spoilers Sweetie). Holy crap, there is so much here for a horror fan to love.
The best part of the book was the characters, their relationships and their development from all the horror inflicted on them. The title is perfect. It is to be endured, not merely survived. I hope Mr. Parker is planning on making this an audiobook. I can think of a narrator (looking at you Mr. James Foster) who would be great. I recommend Enduring Armageddon to fans, not just of horror or post apocalypse, but fans of terrific writing.