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Warday by Whitley Strieber
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Nov 08, 15

did not like it
Recommended for: nobody
Read in April, 2011 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** This book is recommended for die-hard fanatics of the genre. The war is exciting and the ecological and economical effects are very interesting. Unfortunately, the political conclusions the authors, as the main characters, jump to are not believable. Most disappointing are the distinctly xenophobic, stereotyped, and negative view the authors present toward anyone who isn't from the United States. One example is the stereotyped position of Japan in the new world with their "credit-card-sized cameras" and their appropriating as much nuclear technology as they can from the US to become a new world power. Likewise, the role of Great Britain as the holier-than-thou creditor and aid provider to the US; the brutal Mexican annexation of the southwest. It's just not tenable. The concepts of the USSR launching a pre-emptive war are also rather dated as it's generally been accepted now that was the USA that maintained a pre-emptive strike posture and it was the USSR who held a defensive posture.

I have to add another comment: it doesn't appear that many reviewers on Good Reads have actually read this book very closely because so many reviews are wrong on certain key points.

New York City was not destroyed because the Soviet bombs missed and hit Long Island and the ocean, instead. Indeed, one of the "authors" survived the war in Manhattan and returns to his old apartment while visiting the Manhattan salvage operation. A horrifying description is given multiple times of the fate of Long Island. New York City was abandoned because of non-functional infrastructure and the uninformed idea that it was all the fault of leaking petrochemical plants of New Jersey that poisoned the rivers. The authors obviously know little about the New York metropolitan area beyond New York City and the refineries they see from the New Jersey Turnpike.

San Antonio, Washington DC, and the Wyoming/Montana/Dakota missile fields were the only places "vaporized" in the USA. Many of the plot devices concern the fallout from the missile fields and visits to salvage operations in New York City as well as a fun survey of the San Antonio industrial area.

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