The characters are a bit over drawn but the story is fast moving and very believable. Mr Forstchen is the holder of a doctorate in history and it shows in his works. The details of small unit combat ring true and the behavior of people under stress is well portrayed. I do not have the information or the type of education that would allow me to judge the probability of such a weapon being used or if the effects would be as stated. There is a short bib and a foreword and after-word that attempt to address this issue. Overall I enjoyed the book very much and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a good, and possibly cautionary book.
Set in the the near future, this thrilling and frightening novel is by William Forstchen and introduces us to the town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Forstchen, is the author of the the "Lost Regiment" series and two trilogies of alternate history, We meet several of the townspeople, but the book focuses on a widowed college history professor and his exteneded family.
The town of Black Mountain, like the rest of the U. Literally on the phone with a general in the Pentagon when the attack strikes, the professor slowly realizes what has happened to his community and nation. As the consequences unfold, he tries to preserve both his family and his community, and his ideals about America. The is one of the best post apocalyptic novels since "Alas, Babylon. This was a read that was terrifyingly gripping.
Really makes one think of what would happen in if the nation came under a crippling unforseen war. Story was well thoughtout and carachters pretty well developed. One of the best reads I have ever came across. In case you aren't familiar with the term, an EMP is an electromagnetic pulse, and there has been a lot of talk over the last few years about the threat to us from such an attack. It has been said that it could feasibly be caused by someone detonating a nuclear warhead high above the earth.
Doing so could wipe out all electronics within the reach of the blast. This book was a hot topic when it came out, even discussed within the walls of the Pentagon as a foreshadowing of a previously unrealized threat. With a foreword by Newt Gingrich, this book provides a very real depiction of what life would be like after an EMP, and underscores the fact that every American should be aware of and prepare for such a threat.
My final word: Very realistic and timely, this book should be a wake up call to the world regarding a potential threat-- whether caused by man or nature. This story is hosted by very believable characters fighting to survive and overcome very real events. Everyone should read this book, and do what they can to prepare for any event, be it for an EMP, solar flares, hurricanes or floods. Allow this book to the be the hand on your shoulder that moves you to action.
And I am happy to mention that this book is currently in development as a major motion picture! I'll be looking forward to the movie version! Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. Many a great science fiction classic has been written with warning in mind, and the thought of the damage an EMP Electromagnetic Pulse could do is terrifying One can practically hear the capslock shouting warnings at us from the page.
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Large sections of the book are devoted to some of the most painful, clunky dialog I've read in a long time as indistinguishable characters discuss the hard choices they have to make and the horrible things that are coming and the shame that someone hadn't prepared for anything like this. The prose is so clunky to have made me wince more than once. I finished this book. I hoped it might have an interesting resolution. It mostly had preaching. This isn't a story - it's a badly fictionalized report of the possibility of an EMP attack.
There are no themes, no relatable characters, no plot to move forward.
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I kind of regret wasting my time on this one. Forstchen harkens back to classics of nuclear post-apocalypse books, but he fails to realize that books need to be solidly built stories first, or no one's going to care two bits about their fervently-written doctrine. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments.
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