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Posted March 26, 2009
Critical Mass by Whitley Strieber is not a credible story.
It is impossible to introduce a nuclear weapon on US soil because of NEST, the Nuclear Emergency Search Team. The difficulty in smuggling a nuclear weapon or nuclear components into the United States was researched while I wrote my novel The Cruise, ISBN 9781438914718, thru Author House under the pen name Edouard DesLauriers. The Cruise is a novel about nuclear terrorism on a cruise ship.
The technologies used by NEST would unmask any nuclear material brought into the United States in very quick order. A lot of research went into The Cruise to include some cloaking methods the terrorists used which, frankly, I don't think would work against NEST capabilities. But even my cloaking methods were based on science, and a good fiction story must have solid roots in fact.
Critical Mass is on very shaky ground based on what NEST can do. It protects the United States against a nuclear attack with classified overflights monitoring the United States 24/7. Satellite surveillance is also included.
Without NEST Critical Mass is a good read; but with the existing technologies used by NEST, Critical Mass falls short.
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Posted August 20, 2010
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