Top positive review
5 people found this helpful
An insane romp through insane subject matter
on 8 November 1997
Though the summary might suggest I did not enjoy this book, very little could be further from the truth. I thought this book was poignant and meaningful. Its subject-matter is a bit dated since the fall of the Soviet Union, but it is still a tale that packs a moral punch for today's society. As with most apocalyptic novels, the book seems to be a bit far-fetched in places. However, instead of trying to defend this as realism, Morrow goes overboard in his insanity for maximum potency. George Paxton, an average everyman, is thrown into a group of military personnel and technological geniuses responsible for the end of the world by signing a contract pledging his complicity in the nuclear arms race, and must answer for the crimes against humanity and against those who never had the chance to live. The references to Nostradamus as the narrator are lively and cleanse the literary palate quite effectively. I would not say that this is Morrow's best work to date, but perhaps the one of his works that deals most effectively with the frail yet arrogant human society.