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One Second After by William R. Forstchen
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Apr 20, 09

bookshelves: apocalpyse, teotwawki, thriller

Alas, Babylon has been updated for the new millennium with this novel. I strongly recommend reading this from a quite realistic 'what if' scenario. It was a 'read in one sitting' novel, well crafted technical thriller around a significantly under-rated national risk. The author clearly put a great deal of personal passion into the novel, which shows through in the writing quality and intensity of characterization.
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Annette While I don't agree with your review, I recognize it's mostly your opinion. However, you suggested that the quality of the writing was good when it's blatantly not the case. The writer (nor his editor apparently) know the difference between "have" and "of"!

Janjaf I agree with the previous comment, and acknowledge your opinion. However, saying that Alas Babylon has been updated by this book ignores the numerous important differences of these two books, which only share the most superficial features. Alas Babylon hinges upon a belief in humanity and humanism, whereas this book hinges upon a fundamental distrust in all humans institutions except the military. Basically, this book partitions humanity bleeding hearts and ex-military heroes. And only the latter are allowed to survive, with the author and narrator clearly enjoying martial law and summary executions. This is really more of a political manifesto than a novel - and no wonder Newt Gingrich provided the introduction.

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