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The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States is an exciting piece of "speculative fiction." The novel posits that there was a nuclear attack against the US on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. It's pretty scary stuff.

©2018 Jeffrey Lewis (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Disturbingly plausible, What Ifs are always open.

If you like Arms Control Wonk, this fiction story from the podcast founder is sure to satisfy. Read well with steady voice acting that didnt mock or drop to impersonation of Trump. Freaky story the was disturbingly plausible, somewhat predictable (as it would be for most ACW listeners) but supremely enjoyable. I appreciated the build up, starting with an accident and ending with
...well, read it yourself!

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Interesting story

Thought-provoking, great delivery by the narrator. While some may be put off by the politics, it asks a pointed question about nuclear weapons that is as relevant today as when they were invented. Recommended.

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What a book!

A very plausible “what if” fiction story. For all Americans who think it cannot happen here this is a cold shower wake up call. Sooner or later some country or organization will commit this atrocity and then it will be too late.

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Speculation, but, well done.

A look at a likely event to happen in the future. Well researched for a fictional war.

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Powerful read!

Very powerful book. Well written. Terrifying largely due to it's realism. Must read for those interested in US foreign policy, particularly as it relates to the Korean peninsula.

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A terrifying look at a possible future.

The author obviously knowledgeable about nuclear proliferation , military and political realities of the US AND Korean government. He uses this knowledge to tell write a cautionary tale of the possibilities of a nuclear event. He uses the real names of key government officials and does a good job of political profiling their likely actions and personalities. I read about 40 nonfiction books a year on policy and this work of fiction will stand out. I enjoyed it.

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Strong start and weak ending

The book started off good and held my interest but as it neared the end my interest started to vanish.

My biggest issues with the book include:
1) Repetition - the author repeats information when it's not needed.
2) Contradicts preceding text - for example the author writes that the attack on Guam failed. Further int he text he states that there was heavy loss of life at the Guam military base. Even later the author reverses himself.
3) The ending was sucked dry of all emotion. I wasn't invested in the consequences of the attack.
4) The secret service - completely absent except for a brief mention near the end.

I wish the author had crafted the later part of the book as he had crafted the beginning section.

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Hard to believe

I was so excited to read this book but, was disappointed after doing so. The idea of the United States would not retaliate with a strategic thermonuclear war after a DPRK nuclear first strike against South Korea, Japan, AND a thermonuclear attack against the homeland is unfathomable. The US was in a decades-long cold war with the USSR with Minuteman missiles on a hair trigger. You can't tell me that we wouldn't retaliate with nuclear force after being hit on the homeland.

This book made it sound like the military is incapable of protecting the homeland and unable to respond when threatened. Regardless of what you think about Trump, we are not that inept. I am afraid I have to disagree with the premise. Some parts of this story were very compelling, but overall, I find this speculation to be far-fetched, and the ending fell flat.

For the Nuclear junkies out there, this is a hard pass.

Audio of the book was inconsistent in levels. Sometimes it was loud, other times it was quiet.

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Liberal bias makes potentially good story beyond believable

This could have been a great story. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, had the author put aside his own biases and focused on believability, this would have been a compelling book with a strong reminder to everyone why today’s world is so dangerous.

Sadly, however, the authors blind hatred takes the characters of President Trump and his staff to such extreme levels that it’s simply not believable. The ultimate example of this is when a nuke detonates in FL, Trump looks out the window if Air Force One and says, “beautiful”, as the mushroom cloud forms. Again, regardless of how you feel about The current state of things, the portrayal of Trump is so extreme, that no one would write a fictional character in this manner, yet we are expected to believe this with a real person.

Probably even more disturbing is the inept development of surrounding military characters. I submit to anyone reading this that the author has neither served in the military or known many who have.

To sum up, I have read an immense amount of post apocalyptic literature. This ranks among the worst. Most of what I read in this genre are real world possibilities- nuclear, emp, and biological. Occasionally, I’ll branch into the complete fiction of viral zombie stories, although it’s rare. Those low brow fiction stories are more believable then this.

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this book sucks and is a waste of money buying the most left leaning author I've ever listened to

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