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Posted March 19, 2001
It's incredible to think that this book was written by the same person. 'Ressurection Day' which begins in Boston some years after the Cuban Crisis sparked WWIII, and following America's hollow victory in the war's aftermath, opens with a flourish of details so vivid and natural, that it's okay to overlook the incredibly fake British dialog and the way the book clearly rips-off the far superior 'Fatherland'. In that book, the alternate history involves a Nazi regime that emerged from WWII Uber Alles. Both books involve seemingly meaningless murders of unknown, obscure men that, when investigated, threaten to unravel the fragile understanding of the story's alternative history. By now, it's the 1970s, and America's WWIII triumph means that the nation is a bombed out, nuked and slowly disintegrating version of itself, with whole chunks of the country verging from lawlessness to uninhabitability. A strong military presence barely holds the country together, but much of the credit goes to General Ramsey, a thinly veiled stand-in for 60's SAC Chief Curtis LeMay. For most Americans, life is a series of utter deprivation, periodic form letters regarding missing relatives, censored news, and a preserved hate for the Kennedy's and their circle who are widely given responsibility for the war. (If the Kennedy years were supposed to Camelot, the Americans who populate 'Ressurection Day' would substitute a mix of Nazi Berlin, Troy and the Land of Mordor from Tolkein). Believed dead, the President is held in utter contempt, as is his young circle who are in different measures dead or in prison. Millions of Americans receive periodic form letters indicating that their relatives remain missing. Though technically a superpower, America is also impoverished, dependent on the good will of other nations. Though profiting from America's scars, even the most cynical foreigners pine for the America of old, the shining light pf democracy. The detective in this case isn't a policeman, but a Vietnam vet (we still lost Vietnam) named Carl Landry. Out of the service - service including military suppression in California in the war's aftermath - Landry writes sanitized news in Boston. When a homeless man offers Landry the story of a lifetime, Landry's interest isn't exactly picqued. The mysterious death of the informer is a bigger lure. When a cursory review of the victim reveals that he was part of JFK's honor guard, the hunt is on for some lost secret left behind by the President - something that will galvanize the nation to pick itself out of its fallout shelter the same way the youthful president had set the nation towards racial integration and scientific advancement. This is where the story turns into a sort of cross between political thriller and mystery. His newspaper writing skills should be enough to have cultivated in Landry the workings of a true detective. Unfortunately, those skills seemed to have been honed by regular readings of supermarket tabs, and Landry becomes a captive audience for every crazy conspiracy theorist left alive. There are hints midway through that the author will rehab the pitiful Kennedys - not so much because he begins guilding them, but because the military establishment gets the strong-arm treatment early on, and author Dubois shows no interest in changing that direction. Landry, however, seems to quickly lose the capacity for doubt, and only swallows more conspiracy. Unfortunately, suspended belief becomes infectious, and the British charachters, who are the weakest in this story, are given a starring role. There are hints that something will happen, that events are in the offing, but no clues - there's no reason for the reader to even guess as to the results, so why bother. To stretch plausibility even further, Carl falls in love with a visiting Brit who is not only clueless as to the state of American affairs, but needs Carl's to explain the history of WWIII. With the war so recent, Landry
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Posted May 24, 2012
Dont waste your money. I cant believe this was even recomended or even in the same category as "patriots & Survivors" was. Dont waste your money on this. The begining of the book is incoherant rambling not easy to follow and just plain dull. I made it to page 20 and closed it then started reading another book I got that has to do with the post Apacolyptic world im fastinated with and like to read aboutWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2012
This is a first rate thriller of alternate history. The reader realizes that real life characters are woven into the fiction making it plausable. I want to give it a five because it was SO memorable a read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2000
An interesting 'what if' novel dealing with the cuban missel crisis, what if things had turned out differently and the soviet union and the u.s. went to war. At least that is the premise of the novel, it's setting. What the story really is is part love story, part espionage story. Dubois keeps the story moving with various turns in the plot and some interesting background story as to what it is like in this alternate world. He creates likeable, believable characters. It's good for some light reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.