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End of Days

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    QUENTIN TARANTINO & THE DEVIL AT WORK

    Reads as if Quentin Tarantino & the Devil were perched on Robert Gleason's shoulder, urging him on.
    Best parts are the submarine scenes: best I've read since Clancy. And I liked Sailor the Rat, too...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Awesome

    Robert Gleason did a great job writing this book, all 500 pages. It is well written, well researched and thought provoking. In addition, it is imaginative and spell binding with lots of action. The cast of characthers are creative and well developed. I was intregued with the talking rat "sailor" and the talking missiles and warheads, nuns, sisters, NYC, nuclear invasion and how it all came together in one novel. I would recimmend this book to anyhone, even those with a slight interest in nuclear invasion and end of world scenarios. There is something to be learned here!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    Thank God it's fiction.for now.

    Robert Gleason's END OF DAYS is a chilling (and thankfully fictitious account) of the cataclysmic end of the world, and the resulting struggle for mankind's survival. It is interesting, shocking, violent, scary and entertaining all at the same time. It does however need more polish before I would categorize it as "good."

    The old Soviet Union's nuclear weapons are available for the taking, either on the black market or just by stealing them from the hundreds of unguarded, unsecure storage sites throughout the world. Some fear that this will lead to a worldwide proliferation of nukes, and begin to prepare for Armageddon while trying to convince others that the end is coming. The doomsday prophecies come true when suitcase nuclear weapons are detonated at the same time as "Russian" subs begin launching nuclear cruise missiles at major cities all over the world. The rest of the world immediately begs the US to lead a response before it's too late, but the acting US president (much of the National Command Authority was killed when Washington DC was nuked) is weak and won't respond. Nuclear explosions continue to rock the world, and eventually the US military acts without authority and responds with nuclear strikes of its own. By the time it comes to light that the Russians were framed by a small middle-eastern country, the Motherland's major cities are already glowing with nuclear fallout. The world plunges into chaos.

    In the United States, militias bond together for survival, as do large numbers of convicts now free from their incarceration (and who for some reason have been preparing for this very moment). Eventually their ranks grow to the tens of thousands, and they too have liberated nuclear weapons. It seems the killing isn't over.

    Those are the books more chillingly believable parts. A number of of interesting story lines are developed, but probably one too many for a truly coherent story. In addition to a beautiful reporter who seems to be trying to get herself killed to prove her worth to her billionaire-Armageddonist mother, there is the white supremacist, the Mexican gang leader, and a reborn Malcolm X. There are two generals, a space station, an AI presence that can see all, and several rats that seem to speak with each other as if they went to the Ivy League. Through in a pair of sex-crazed sisters who are insatiable both in their lust for sex and torture, and things start to get a little less "real."

    Finally, the climax involves three heroes who were once on the NY Yankees as the team won six consecutive championships before they went their separate ways. One became a Pulitzer winning journalist; one a drug dealer serving three consecutive life sentences, and one an Air Force General. They meet up again just in time to prevent the bad guys from nuking mankind's best hope to rebuild. Now we are into pure entertainment.

    Overall, it was an entertaining read, though a bit on the long-winded side at 490+ pages. There's plenty of foul language, sexuality, torture, violence, blood, animal cruelty, suffering and despair. There is also some dark humor, some likeable characters, and enough discussion of Armageddon to at least make you think about it.

    Not a waste of time, but probably not award winning material either.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    This is an exciting fantastic and entertaining thriller

    Ancestor of a Shaman, media mogul Lydia Lozen Magruder has had visions of the End of Days for years. When she built the Citadel on the southwest desert and dedicated her media empire to warn of the coming end of civilization, everyone even her daughter Kate assumes she is a lunatic.

    L.L. becomes concerned that the countdown has begun when Houston reports a problem. Her ace reporter John Stone has been investigating a Russian general who vanished along with numerous nuclear subs, and a terrorist scheme to prove Einstein right that the fourth world war will have soldiers using stone age weapons. Stone like the Russian officer has vanished. L.L. asks Kate to find her former boyfriend John while warning her daughter that the countdown to nuclear Armageddon has started.

    This is an exciting over the top but entertaining thriller. Besides L.L. who holds the story line together, the zillion secondary players include lunatics like the aptly named Chaplain and two brutal Mideast princesses as well as heroes like sailor and innocent like the population of Manhattan. It takes one nut with a paranoid Pygmalion Effect belief to cause the beginning of the End of Days. Fans will enjoy this thought provoking tale as readers will compare the Citadel to what led to destruction of the world in Nevil Shute's On the Beach.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Good book

    This was a good book but 1700 + pages was just too long. For instance, it took a full page on my nook to describe food on a table. Much could be edited from this book to make it a better read. All in all though, it's a good read, if you can skip over the lenghty prose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    A truly good novel not only entertains, it jolts us out of our s

    A truly good novel not only entertains, it jolts us out of our smug
    complacency and takes us kicking and screaming to another dimension. End
    of Days certainly does that. Gleason’s creativity, vivid imagination,
    and vision grabs you on every page, and the reader is forced to confront
    the reality that what seems impossible might instead be probable. This
    tour de force of a novel kept me up past my bedtime on too many nights,
    and it left me thinking hard all day about what his frightening vision,
    should it occur, portends for the human race.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 15, 2011

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    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    End of Days

    For an almost 500 page book, it really goes nowhere and everywhere at the same time. With a huge cast of characters, including a rat, you never get to appreciate them as individuals. The characters and situations were unbelievable. This is a story about the annihilation of the world and to tell you the truth I didn't care.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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