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- Listening Length: 18 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 May 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K5KCUV2
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The situations are highly believable. There is no doubt that the US is very vulnerable to the type of attack described here (as are all highly developed countries whose functioning is very dependent on electricity and all the gadgets powered by it). Besides showing the effects in the areas directly damaged by the attack, this book goes a lot further and shows both in detail and logically just what the effects would be on the rest of the nation. Few Americans really think about such a doomsday scenario, and consequently make few or no preparations for handling such emergencies, and this is really the crux of why this attack is so devastating. If nothing else, this book might make a few more people think and make some actual preparations to help them through such disasters, as the results shown here are truly horrific, and his portrayal of one couple who really did make preparations can give solid guidance to what is needed and how useful such a setup can be.
On the basis of the above, I’d normally be inclined to give this a 4 or 5 star rating. But it has what I think is a major flaw in its depiction of the President Carter and her husband, who are very thinly veiled caricatures of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now it’s quite possible that Hillary could become President at the next election, which does lend some real world credibility to this story, but I really wish the author had elected to use some entirely fictional person in this role, because my real world impressions of Hillary and her husband kept intruding on the depictions of this story. Now Presidents have been known to be clueless, and have made horrendous mistakes, but what is described here goes beyond the boundary of the believable, as President Carter is shown to not only have severe difficulty in accepting the extent of the disaster and what should be done about it as capably presented to her by experts and aides, but persists in thinking that politics should be played just like it was before the attack. In the last fifty pages or so the wheels come totally off, something I just can’t imagine would ever be true of Hillary or Bill (though I’m no fan of either). Worse, the final section of this book becomes very much a right-wing manifesto, delving deep into Constitutional issues and presenting a Washington where me-first is the one and only thing, and loses some of the focus on the disaster itself.
Perhaps the next book will be better without this political point-of-view assault, and focus more on how to right the American ship. I hope so, because it would be a shame to have such a good story sidetracked in this manner.
Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
Why the rape? It seemed of no consequence; we already knew she was a tough cookie. A simple assault would have galvanised her partner instead off sexual violence.