End of Days: A Novel

End of Days: A Novel

by Robert Gleason
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End of Days: A Novel by Robert Gleason

Born from the fear of nuclear annihilation and painstakingly researched for over twenty years, Robert Gleason's End of Days is a thriller unlike any other.

Lydia Lozen Magruder—the great-granddaughter of a female Apache war-shaman—has seen visions of the End since childhood. She has constructed a massive ranch-fortress in the American Southwest, stocked with everything necessary to rebuild civilization.

Now her visions are coming true. John Stone, once a baseball star and now a famous gonzo journalist, stumbled across a plan to blast humanity back to the stone age. Then he vanished. Lydia's only hope of tracking him down lies with her stubborn, globe-trotting daughter, Kate, Stone's former lover.

Kate is about to step right into the plotters' crosshairs. Stone has been captured by a pair of twin Middle Eastern princesses, hell-bent on torturing him until he reveals all he knows.

Meanwhile, a Russian general obsessed with nuclear Armageddon has also disappeared...as have eight or more of his Russian subs, armed with nuclear-tipped missiles.

The world is armed for self-destruction.

Who will survive?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429985628
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 591,442
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

ROBERT GLEASON was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He has an AB in English literature from Indiana University, a master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and Le Premier Degre a la Sorbonne. He has written more than a dozen novels. The History Channel recently featured him in their two hour special, Prophets of Doom.

Robert Gleason, author of End of Days, has worked for 40 years in the New York book industry, where he has published many scientists, politicians and military experts. He starred in and hosted a two-hour History Channel special, largely devoted to nuclear terrorism and has discussed the subject on many national TV/radio talk shows, including Sean Hannity’s and Lou Dobbs’s TV shows and George Noory’s Coast to Coast AM. He has also spoken on nuclear terrorism at major universities, including Harvard.

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End of Days 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
flamingstar More than 1 year ago
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...
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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CCLOWES-CAB More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
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.
Pamela Williams More than 1 year ago
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