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Aftershock

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 435 pages
Published May 7th 1991 by Crown
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Sheila Myers
Oct 20, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoyed the main plot of the story and most of the characters. It's always interesting to read about natural disasters (real or imagined) and how people cope with what happens. There are two reasons I marked the score lower. The story gets bogged down by overly long descriptions of some actions and often too much backstory on characters that really isn't necessary to the plot. Also, a lot of the dialogue is "stiff".
Robert Beveridge
Feb 11, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it did not like it
According to scientists, a major earthquake is going to hit the east coast sometime before the year 2010; the probability, according to the late Dr. Robert Ketter, is "nearly 100%." And one of the largest ground faults in the East runs parallel to 125th Street in Manhattan. So what would happen if a major earthquake hit New York City?

Such is the subject of the meticulously-researched novel by broadcast journalist Chuck Scarborough, Aftershock. He posits an earthquake in NYC in 1994 (oops), and i
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Deborah
Jul 31, 2008 Deborah rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book.It's about a massive earthquake leveling NYC. It's like reading one of those old disaster flicks (The Towering inferno, or The Poseidon Adventure) which I've always been fond of.
The first part was a little slow, introducing characters, where they are when the earthquake hits etc.
The aftermath is much more exciting, focusing on different people, or groups and how they are rescued or survived.
It was slowish at times, getting into the cost and plans for rebuilding and the politi
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Misha Fredericks
Oct 28, 2013 Misha Fredericks rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. A few too many characters and stories going on at once. Sometimes hard to follow. I kept reading expecting to read something about the earthquake's impact on Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and how that additionally made survival hard but the author never meantioned it. That was a HUGE ommission. Surely Indian Point would have significant damage perhaps almost as bad as Chernobyl and Fukushima making survival in NYC precarious plus rebuilding NYC with nuclear radiation would ...more
Stephen
Apr 23, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing that strikes me about this book is how the people of New York pull together after the earthquake. In many ways it was a foretelling of what happened in the wake of 9/11. In my humble opinion Aftershock is in many ways to 9/11 what Futility was to the Titanic disaster.
Nranger7
This book came out in '91 and is supposed to be about an earthquake destroying Manhattan in '94. Kinda weird to be reading about that devastation after the 9/11 attack. Thought the story would be lame, but it wasn't bad.
Michael
May 17, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Story of post-nuclear New York written by Chuck Scarborough, news anchor in New York. It was quite good and you could make connections to various local politicians.
Aaron
Feb 11, 2015 Aaron rated it it was ok
Shelves: apocalyptic
It was a hard read - mechanically speaking. Word choice, sentence construction. Annoying after a while. Sprinkled in were some unbelievable actions - giving up a gun voluntarily?....
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Sep 08, 2010 Tamera rated it really liked it
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