Long ago, I had just read four or five post-apocalyptic books in the space of about a year, including Stephen King's "The Stand" and Niven and Pournelle's "Lucifer's Hammer", and I asked for feedback about other good post-apocalyptic books. One of the most often recommended books to me was Pat Frank's "Alas, Babylon!", a post-nuclear war story set in the heat of the 1950's or 1960's Cold War.
In this world, the Russians and Americans are aggressively poking at each other all the time, and the war begins like something out of Clancy's "Red Storm Rising". It quickly escalates into a massive nuclear exchange, and most of Florida's major population centers are wiped out. Randy Bragg, a resident of a small town in Central Florida, gets a little bit of advance warning from a relative and so has a couple of days to prepare.
Then the nukes go off, and the rest of the book deals with how this small town (especially Randy and his extended family and neighbors) struggles to survive despite avoiding heavy damage or significant nuclear contamination. It was only a little bit dated, and the main characters were fairly well fleshed out and likeable. I would've liked to read more, but the plot kind of skips ahead in time, overlooking the resolution of some issues I wanted to read more about, finally coming to an end several months after the attack.
Definitely one of the classic finishing lines of dialogue, but you can really only appreciate it if you have read the book.Posted by Observer at August 31, 2006 10:04 PM
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