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The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of survival)

The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of survival) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara C. Griffin Billig , Bett Pohnka
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It's a beautiful sunny day in Southern California. Ben Harrington is arriving at work where he is project manager at a local nuclear power plant. He and his pregnant wife, Sara, live nearby. All is well until the unexpected happens. Suddenly the plant starts to roll and shake. What could NEVER happen.....does happen.

From there the plant workers, the people living in surrounding areas, and those in adjacent cities all have to make decisions – stay with their homes, their families, their security. Or flee – if they can. All choices have have both good and bad consequences. All choices affect the character's lives both immediately and for a long time thereafter.

This fictional story brings home the reality of what would or could happen. No one can be so arrogant as to believe it might NEVER happen. History has shown us time after time that......what can go wrong....will go wrong. What would YOU do? Your answers may be different after reading this novel.

As of January, 2011, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world. The United States has 104 of these plants, France has 58, and Japan has 54

About the Author

Barbara Griffin Billig graduated from Washington University in St. Louis at age nineteen with a degree in biology and chemistry. She taught for several years in St. Louis before moving to Southern California. There she owned a variety of businesses including pet shops, restaurants, and a real estate brokerage firm. Deciding to take a sabbatical from the business world for several years she wrote, in conjunction with another teacher, Bett Pohnka, “The Nuclear Catastrophe”, published in 1977. This fiction novel portrayed what ultimately came to pass with 3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Japan Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown. A new updated edition of this has been created and is currently for sale for download on a kindle reader at or as a printed paperback. Bett Pohnka (1935-1991) did her graduate work thesis on a comparative study of the Genetic and Somatic effects of Radiation upon the cells of man. She taught and wrote. Barbara Griffin Billig is also the author of “A Successful Business of Your Own”. She and her husband, Edward Billig currently own Clearview Investments, Inc. which has several different businesses under that corporation name including construction and real estate. They live in Southern California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Clearview Investments, Inc.; 3 edition (12 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Nuclear Catastrophe 24 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Upon reading the description of the book (what would happen to a community that was experiencing a nuclear nightmare), I was very excited to start reading `The Nuclear Catastrophe.'

While the book has merits, it is a little disappointing in parts. Although `The Nuclear Catastrophe' delivers the story the description promises, the story line appears as though it were much more modern seeming than it actually was.
Also, they were in situations that are unheard of in the current day world. For instance, in the book the community had no plan should a nuclear situation arise. I am positive that every city and town that has a nuclear power plant has an emergency plan for disastrous situations, so this surprised me.
Also, a lot of the people believed that because you could not feel or see radiation, that it was not real. This was true of people in the early 1900's when radiation was still something new and not really understood yet. I might have enjoyed the book more had I not been excited about a different type of story, a better description would do wonders for the books future reviews.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so bad 1 Nov 2013
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A good story in concept, lacking a little in excitement but nevertheless well written and entertaining. Certainly, filled a couple of empty hours for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When? 4 Aug 2014
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Yes, when?? Is my question, as this is too much like reality as it's not a question of if this will happen, but when?? You see I truly believe that this will actually happen one day, it's just a question as to when? That's what I love about books like this, they really get your mind thinking as to what you would do when this really happens. Yes, I really do believe one day, a nuclear power plant will explode and we have been close before and will be too close one day again. So I will end with my beginning, when??
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 26 May 2013
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I was riveted from the start and this was written in a style that flowed from one character to the next.

At times I forgot I was reading a novel as it was so plausible. A very good read.
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