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The Ordeal (The Survivalist #17)

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The awesome nuclear arsenals of the Second City are finally within the grasp of the Soviets. Trapped deep inside hostile territory, beset on all sides by enemy battalions and the City's blood-crazed survivors, ex-CIA agent John Thomas Rourke must fight tooth and nail just for survival!
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Zebra
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Jeremy Thompson
I remember reading a lot of the cold-war, WWIII fiction that came out in the mid-1980's. This was one of the more popular series though I never ended up reading it until now.

It was entertaining, but it's obvious from the beginning that this is no Tom Clancy techno-thriller. One thing that can be said about this book and the way Jerry Ahern writes is that he is very detailed when it comes to military tactics and weaponry. He spends a fair amount of page space describing things and at times it enh
Suzanne Moore
I listened to the graphic audio of this book. "Like a movie in your mind." The sound effects were very realistic ... lots of shooting, exploding, "arghh!" There was so much action I had trouble keeping up with the plot.

The story takes place after a nuclear war, and John O'Rourke(ex-CIA agent) is on a mission to fight soviet invasion, while attempting to reunite with his family.

I would recommend this book to those who like stories with military action.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite adventure series. Dr John Thomas Rourke leads his family and friends through a post apocalyptic world fighting ever step if the way. Fantastic characters and plots. Very detailed weapon descriptions. Excellent series. My highest recommendation
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Shelves: mens-adventure
See my review under "Total War," Survivalist Book 1.
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Was fun easy reading in my teens. Would actually like to pick one up again and see what I think now. :D
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Jerry Ahern (born Jerome Morrell Ahern) was a science fiction and action novel author best known for his post apocalyptic survivalist series The Survivalist. The books in this series are heavy with descriptions of the weapons the protagonists use to survive and prosecute a seemingly never-ending war amongst the remnants of the superpowers from pre-apocalypse times.

Ahern was also a firearms writer
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