I read this book first 30 years ago in college. It became one of my favorite books ever even after all these years. This is not your typical apocalyptic novel with undercurrents of aliens or walking dead. It is a straightforward tale of a man who lives his life on the earth almost devoid of human life. It describes in detail the gradual decay of all that humankind built over 5000 years as the earth reclaims its own. It also tells the story of a small group of individuals that make a life and even a community amid the vestiges of a bygone world of machines and remnants of mankind's achievements. It truly is a book that will stick with you for the rest of you life.
I have always like Cussler for some mindless entertainment, but this book seemed to go on forever with a meandering plot. The characters were even more artificial than the standard fair you get from Cussler. Half way through I gave up and it took me another 6 months to get up the desire to finish it.
Depressing but I would think rather accurate if this really happened. The story was compelling if not a little sappy in places but not bad.
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