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on 11 November 2008
The story follows an American Air Force major, Kenneth Gavin, who helped launch nuclear missiles in World War III. After a nuclear war lasting two years, hostilities end and Gavin is released from his duties and allowed to leave his bunker to return home to his family. This is unusual for two reasons in tales featuring nuclear war. Firstly, most stories will have you believe (probably correctly) that a nuclear war would quickly escalate and would be over very quickly (usually less than a day, and certainly less than two years). Secondly, after such a long war and after so many nuclear missiles have been launched, there is relatively little damage to the USA.
The rest of the book is a fairly standard post-apocalyptic story of a man travelling across America trying to reach his family. This has been done many times in other books, sometimes better, sometimes worse. The 'twist' here is that Gavin refuses to fight anyone after being responsible for so many deaths during the war. It's a pretty decent story, but it's nothing amazing. That said, I read the book very quickly once I had started as I couldn't put it down, so the author must have done something right, even if some aspects of the story are a bit unlikely.