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Warday by Whitley Strieber
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Jan 27, 2014

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WARDAY is the literary equivalent of a Peter Watkins film. Indeed what it most closely resembles is his brilliant 1965 "documentary" THE WAR GAME. What the writers of WARDAY share with Watkins is a wholly original concept for dealing with a work of art that depicts the possible effects of a nuclear war: treat it like a documentary about the dread event--as if the nuclear war HAD occurred. The scenarios (spun out and supported by a ton of research)of what occurs after a "limited" nuclear war( just NYC and WASH DC and parts of Texas actually get vaporized) are so much more chilling than other books of this kind--because of that intensely personal and REALISTIC feeling that the authors are able to achieve--and also because the nuclear war depicted isn't so devastating as to be incomprehensible; this is one of the top three apocalyptic novels of the late 20th century; truly a masterpiece. This book frightened me like very few others precisely because it felt so real; let's all just hope that we never have to find out first hand whether Strieber & Kunetka were correct in their speculations.
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