I’m about half way through “Solar Flare” by Larry Burkett This seems to be a SHTF novel for non-preppers. No one except the government has any disaster supplies. No one except criminal gangs and the military has a weapon. The book has been a bit of a disappointment because I have found it hard to identify with most of the main characters (an astronomy professor, a liberal reporter, a media mogul, a general, and the President). It largely skips over how to deal with the crisis on a personal level and stereo types the masses into shallow groups – everyone seems to be either military, gang member, or being bussed to evacuation camps. That said – it raises interesting questions. Mid-book the situation is that a major solar flare has hit the Earth knocking out 1/3 of communication satellites and damaging the more sensitive electronic equipment. About a week later some communications have been restored and now a flare more than ten times the power of the last has been detected. The solar wind and radiation is en route to Earth with an arrival time in 72 hours. So the whole world has 3 days advanced notice that everything electric will become non-functional in three days time. This is a twist not usually seen in a SHTF scenario. What if everyone knew that TEOTWAWKI was coming and knew it would happen just three days away?