I was skeptical about watching the movie. We all know the story, great preview, sucks when you see it. After watching the movie however I thought "Wow, not that bad." then I thought hey wonder if there is a book. And you know the rest. Like most books its better than the movie and has a different ending.
The performance by Fred Berman is excellent and he really makes Glynn's story pop.
In short. Get it!
This is one of those books where you see it and go... Holy crap that could be a great story. Like all such books with great plots potential it runs the real risk of being total crap.
I was really worried when I got the book that it was going to be one of those crap books, to my pleasure it turned out even better than I thought it could be. I finished the book in about two hours and forty five minutes (yay! triple speed) and couldn't stop laughing.
This is Heinlein's best Juvenile fiction. If you like Survival fiction this is one for you.
The Author does an excellent job laying out many of the reasons we are in the current mess. His solutions however leave a bad taste in your mouth and asking the question "You want to do what?". The solution is a CG (Central Government) on a global scale. After berating the incompetence of governments around the world, after pointing out their numerous short comings, their corruptions, their weakness's, he seriously suggests that the way to fix things is to add yet another centralized political body on top of the currently existing ones. Only this body will somehow be wiser than all the others.
It is beyond me how someone as intelligent as Damon Vickers can suggest that the best way to decentralize power is to centralize it.
While the idea was great the execution was (Being kind here) moderate. While the book could have been awesome even as a Soft Apocalypse this book should be retitled bore me.
I spent several months going back and forth about getting this book. I love Apocalypse and post apocalyptic stories, this was one that I could have done without.
While one second after is non-christian friendly the same can not be said for Survivors. The story is good the performance of the book is good, but i have to give the overall a three star rating because of the blatant and over the top christian propaganda.
While some may say the book would be better if JW Rawles went back and deleted all christian references to the book, I would say that the quality of the book would be doubled or tripled if he removed half the reference to Christianity. Frankly as a non-christian it is insulting to have the subtext of the book be "If your not a christian your not a good person and cannot be a good person.". The author would be much better served to follow the C.S. Lewis approach to writing and be more subtle about his flag waving for Christianity.
In comparison One Second after while it has a great story is heavy on trivial facts, and is much more subtly Christian so that it can be read without you feeling the author is trying to shove Christ down your throat. While Survivor has a lot of great practical knowledge a good story but is constantly shoving Christianity in your face. It would be nice if these two authors could find a middle ground.
I despise abridged books i wish I would have seen that before i got it.
What would have made Exile better? Anything. While I love Ringo and Stirling is okay this book was a disaster from the first word.
Joe Barret does as always a very good job with the reading of this book. While I don't think I would like the print version as much his performance makes the book pop.
That said... Alright I will admit there were a few tear jerker spots in the book. While there are some who seem to think that the book is conservative propaganda there is actually very little if any politics in the book. The only "political bashing" in the book is directed at both conservatives and liberals for the complete lack of preparation of an EMP attack. I personally do not see how some can label this book as politically "right wing" unless they are offended by the fact that some of the characters are Christians. As an Atheist I personally think the author did a very tasteful job of recognizing the fact that people (if I agree or not) will fall back on religion as a safe haven, and further that there will be nut balls proclaiming this is the end times yatta yatta...
While I am not sure if the author of the book is a Luddite it is clear beyond any reasonable doubt that he grasps exactly what such an attack on America would mean. I personally love technology and am always looking forward to its advances. However I personally have had this fear since I first understood the implication of EMP at fifteen (eleven years ago). While I hope (i wont say pray because i dont pray) this never happens I would much rather some kind of emergency plan exist and not need it than we need it and it not exist.
This heart breaker is well worth anyone's time. While I could have wished the man character were a little older so the author could have probed some things a little deeper this story is one of my favorite kinds.
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