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Aftermath Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2000

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 547 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553577387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553577389
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Mr. Sheffield is one of the premier writers of "hard" SF. The novel begins with one suspension of scientific principles: alpha centari goes supernova. This cannot happen happen by today's known mechanisms of supernova formation, as binaries that go supernova involve a dwarf star. Once this happens, however, Mr. Sheffield follows the consequences of a gamma ray blast from the exploded star that happens to emit in a direction that puts earth in the path. The EMP pulse devastates the computerized world by frying nearly every microchip on the planet. When this is added to the global weather changes, the problem is monumental. The novel focuses on events involving three main groups of people, one of which is the president of the United States.
Overall the novel flows pretty well, and the plot lines are interesting. The novel may have been better served by having one less major line to follow. This is particularly true of the events surrounding the US president. Many of the things that happen (such as a quiet dinner with one of his aides one evening) are hard to imagine in the face of the greatest disaster to strike Earth during recorded history. It is surreal to have the president having a quiet dinner and talking about an old flame when Australia and the whole of southern Africa are apparently gone due to the violent weather patterns in the southern hemisphere. The scene is reminescent of Nero playing the lyre while Rome burned, though this is not the author's intent. Overall, the novel is in the "good" range. More focus and stronger plot development could have made it "excellent."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
Never having read a Sheffield book, I was thoroughly entertained with Aftermath until I realized that there weren't too many pages left to adequately explain the unanswered. Oh great I picked up another scifi novel that the author feels compelled to make into a trilogy. I don't know about you but I hate that. By the time a sequel comes out I will feel compelled to read Aftermath again. Maybe that's not all bad but...I hope at least that the retail price is less than $14.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 1998
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After a slam-bang beginning, most of Sheffield's characters fall into idiot mode. Major world leaders make world-changing decisions based on fifteen minute interviews with 'experts' they've never met before. Insane bad guys set inexperienced teens to guard their captives while lots of more experienced people take the night off. Want to sleep in the White House? Just ask. Aides with no security experience will give you the run of the place.
Perhaps worst are scientific explanations that drone on for pages, and are then repeated four or five chapters later.
Nothing comes to any kind of conclusion, not even the execrable 'wait for the next episode in book two' sort of conclusion that S.F. has fallen prey to in the last twenty years.
All that said, Sheffield's writing style is so deft and his characters so engaging that one can forgive him almost anything. His work is head and shoulders better that the dreck that many a best seller puts out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1999
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Interesting start, but clearly the first of three. Way too many loose ends, Sheffield is not sloppy. Most amusing part is the grey panthers showing the youths how to cope with life without microchips (I would be one of them). Stay tuned for resolution of important questions, like what blew up Alpha (Niven's "culthang bronte" ?) and why Althea knew about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1999
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This was a decent read, but if this is a part 1 of three, I wish it would have advertised it on the cover. I think the book would have been more interesting if it had dealt more with the struggles of "average joes" who are fighting to survive in an average city following the Supernova. Instead, we are treated to the stories of a serial killer, the president, some astronauts, and some terminal cancer patients. Howabout a bit regarding Bob, the guy next door? Also, this book didn't seem to contain that much "hard" information to me, certainly nothing that anyone who's paid attention in high school and watched "Goldeneye" didn't already know.
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