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The Rift
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2014
I commanded my kindle to prepare for me a list of post apocalyptic science fiction stories. As it turns out these mostly involve zombies.

i wouldn't personally describ this as sci-fi but i can forgive kindle for that as this is a book which is mercifully zombie free.

Rift describe the journey back to normal life undertaken by the excellently drawn main characters though a wonderfully vivid evocation of the Mississpi river as it is shaken by an enormous earthquake.

The earthquake and its aftermath are brilliantly, and, although I am no expert, frighteningly realistically portrayed in great detail and draw on historic evidence of a real earthquake in much the same location.

Against this back drop the characters find their worlds are literally torn apart and are forced to journey through the new and terrifying landscape and society that has so suddenly, and violently, been thrust into being. Some parts of society are coping better with the dramatic change in circumstances better than others and our characters meander through various different sub plots some of which show humanity at its best and others at its worst in the face of the crisis.

I highly recommend this and look forward to exploring more of this authors work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
The Rift appears to be written around the very real possibility of a cataclysmic event in central US. Firstly, I'd like to clearly state that I really liked this book. The story is based on a scary but very interesting disaster scenario. Inter-cut with seemingly real witness accounts of a previous earthquake in 1811, this story throws our main characters into a series of challenges that demands every ounce of their wit and skills and a lot of luck, to survive. There are practically no "why the hell would he do that " or "that is not possible" moments. It is chillingly realistic. The development of the two main characters was very well done.
However, there are a few draw backs. First, as a Brit I found just picturing the geography (vital to follow the converging storylines) very difficult. I had trouble getting my head around the different Mississippi's, Missouri's and Ohio's - a problem actually raised in the story. I also struggled a bit with the baddies - the lunatic preacher and his dutiful followers prepared to slaughter in the name of salvation and the Ku Klux Klan police department prepared to slaughter in the name of "descent people" are a bit out of my experience. We also sleep comfortably at night, over here, knowing that our own looneys generally can't arm themselves to the teeth with machine guns and hand grenades. So the threads in the story that involve such people is as much curious as it is scary.
I also found the 1811 witness letters fascinating to start with, but by half way through the book, I could happily skip them as they seemed very repetitive,
On balance a very good book and I would love to read a sequel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 1999
As a fan of "end-of-the-world" novels, this one is one of my favorites. It reminded of a Stephen King novel with the extensive development of the main characters. If you loved "The Stand", you'll enjoy this one...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 1999
This is one of the most amazing disaster novels I have ever read. AStonishingly real in it description of an earthquake and its after math. Combined with insights not only into our own counrtries speculated struggle to pull itself together, but also the global impact of what would happen if america's heartland where ripped apart and we had to turn our resources inward. Disease, toxic spills, nuclear waste occupies our thoughts in addition to a war on a global scale, while tiny dicatators set up camp along the estranged banks of the missippi. I highly recommend reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book that the writer himself states has become dated by subsequent real life diaster.

An earthquake floods central South East America. Cauising widespread flooding, the threat of nuclear meltdown and civil disturbance.
Sadly all too real given Fukishima and New Orleans.

Worth the read for the social consequence substory thats unique to the USA.
sadly too realistic and not fictional enough now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2013
A fantastic book with characters who grow during the book in situations that seem so far away today but could be so close tommorrow.

I could barely put this book down and I' drecommend it to anyone... Hell, everyone!
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on 5 April 2015
[The Rift] by [Walter J. Williams] is exactly the type of book I love to read. I enjoy dystopian that could actually happen such as the Yellowstone Volcano or, in this case, the New Madrid Fault. [Williams] does a great job describing the events that could happen if this fault slipped. Also he does a nice job creating characters both likable and ones you keep hoping will die. The way he brings all the different story lines together is predictable but works. I recommend this book.
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on 8 March 2014
Wow - what a disaster novel, really excellently written and when you consider when it was written too - really made me think about the way nature is turning......

Great characters, story and context.....very entertaining.......
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on 24 September 2014
I enjoyed this book. Good descriptions and characters, nice story arc. Decent premise and a smattering of historical facts. If you like something like Lucifers Hammer, then this one is a good one for you, good honest PA fare.
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on 2 April 2014
This book is very slow - so much that I am half way through and read other books in between . I will finish it but not what I expected.
Not fast paced enough for me - but it has a deep story.
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