What’s your apocalyptic ride?



By J.L. Koszarek
Words and Ideas
December 29, 2014

Andrew Hard at Digital Trends wrote an informative article called Zombie-proof rides: The top 5 vehicles to get you through the zombie apocalypse. He has some pretty cool videos and photographs embedded in the article, too. Check it out at http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/top-5-zombie-apocalypse-vehicles/

By far, my favorite on his list is the 1988 Toyota Hilux because my friend, John has a similar Toyota truck that simply will not die. When I came across Hard’s article, I sent John a link to it and told him it’ll be a sad day when the “old Toyota” dies. Maybe it’ll be a sign of the impending zombie apocalypse! You never know, really. And with most end-of-day scenarios, the writing was on the wall all along, but no one noticed until it was too late.

I will keep a sharper eye on my buddy’s old Toyota from here on out.

I’m serious, though. You all have to check out the cars and trucks Andrew Hard listed. They are seriously more bad-ass (this is a new term for me, by the way) than the old Toyota, but the old Toyota is still cooler because you can see the road running beneath you as you drive down the highway because part of the floorboard is rusted away. If my friend, John ever gives you a ride, here’s a tip: Make sure to put a thick rubber mat on the floor on rainy days to prevent mud splatter all up and down your legs, torso and face). The little truck WILL NOT DIE!

Back to Andrew Hard’s list. I like the idea of the solar powered car called “Stella” and the super duper armored awesome “Black Shark”, especially when I imagine Daniel Craig driving it, but I think my favorite one on Hard’s list from a pragmatic useful standpoint is the Gibbs Humdinga Amphitruck. It seats six people, you can take it on the highway, off-road and in the water. It’ll get you almost anywhere you need to go unless you want to fly, but that’s another blog for another day.

Finding the right apocalyptic ride is very, very important. I won’t give any spoilers, but over the holiday, Thad and I wrapped Part Four of Divide Then Conquer and one of our discussions was about whether or not Jack Mason should abandon his ride. In the end we both decided he’d never do such a stupid thing. He’s Jack Mason, after all and his apocalyptic ride is pretty smooth.

The reality of the Zombie Apocalypse is that solar cars, James Bond cars and amphitrucks aren’t available to the average Jane or Joe and fuel will become scarce, therefore, I am disappointed in Andrew Hard’s list of apocalyptic rides because he missed the most obvious one to me, and to Jack Mason, by the way.

If you’ve already read the Three Box Set of Divide Then Conquer, you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, get on it! You’re missing out! Don’t fall behind! It’s bad-ass!

Part Four is set for release this week for your e-reading pleasure.

Follow me on Twitter at Jodi Koszarek@JLKoszarek1 and don’t forget the crew at Recon Jack Media@ReconJackMedia and like us both on Facebook. Let us know what you think of Jack Mason’s apocalyptic ride.

Have a great New Year reading, gaming, and enjoying the world around you.

J.L. Koszarek
Angel Fire, NM

2 thoughts on “What’s your apocalyptic ride?

  1. Of course having a ride is vital from getting from point A to point B faster, but what are the consequences of speed vs caution? Isn’t it the Tortoise and not the Hare that comes in first?
    I draw this comparison due to one main reason… With having a ride, or a motorcycle comes more danger due to creating a significant amount of sound. This we all know(or it has been apparent in every zombie movie/ literature I have ever come across) attracts zombies.
    Therefore, is it always best for someone to have a vehicle for the sake of survival? Possibly. Possibly not.

  2. Hi Rin,

    I suppose it depends on the situation. If you don’t have far to go, I suppose going on foot or using a bicycle, like Max Brooks recommends would be a great idea especially if fuel resources are hard to come by, but wouldn’t it be hard to outrun some of the fast ones?

    I think you’re right. There are a lot of variables, but if you had to go far, like across the Mohave Desert like Jack Mason did, I guess something quick with good gas mileage is the key, not to mention availability and dependability. Jack’s apocalyptic ride works well because he can go places other vehicles can’t, and it’s easy to hide. Only time and a few more chapters will tell where he goes next and how he gets there!

    Thanks for commenting! Let us know what you think of Part 4 available now via Kindle, Nook and iBooks.

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