sledjockey, personally I thought Lights Out was outstanding. Part of the reason was I lived in San Antonio for 20 years so I recognized a lot of the locations he described. That really caused me to think as I could relate to the situation personally.
I also thought the way he developed Jon into the main bad guy was a warning to us all, for we really don’t know how people will act when the SHTF. Not only that, but we really don’t even “know” the people we think we know all that well.
My advice is to keep reading as i think you will enjoy it.
For God, Family, Country, & Liberty!