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Book Review: Lightning Fall

Bill Quick is a well-known blogger and writer, and many of you may be familiar with his DailyPundit blog. He has a new book out called Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster. It’s pretty…dark.

Basically, the story starts in the near future, with a nuclear terrorist attack. The attack is state-supported, not only by the usual suspects in the Middle East, but also by Mexico. New Orleans gets nuked, and a a major EMP blast essentially disables everything that uses electrical power in the states west of the Rockies. Then it gets worse.

America’s political leadership isn’t up to the job of responding. President Millicent Carter isn’t the best person to handle this sort of crisis, despite the keen political acumen and assistance of her husband, ex-president B.J. Carter–who was impeached, but not convicted, in the late 1990s. So, 60 million people are set to starve to death, or die in horrific rioting, or be killed by the invading army from Mexico, while the President does essentially nothing useful, and much that is counterproductive. This kicks off a Constitutional crisis.

Everything gets just about as bad as it possibly could, but, while it’s dark, it’s a pretty compelling read. I recommend it.


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8 Responses to Book Review: Lightning Fall

  • President Millicent Carter isn’t the best person to handle this sort of crisis, despite the keen political acumen and assistance of her husband, ex-president B.J. Carter–who was impeached, but not convicted, in the late 1990s.

    Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

  • … and the B.J. stands for …

  • Mexico? That shoots his credibility down to near zero. Mexico might be slimy, but it’s not suicidal.

    • Wasn’t this the plot of “Red Dawn” ? .. the first one with Patrick Swayze

      • That was Russia, with help from some marxist Central American union (specifically Nicaragua), but it had to have come up through Mexico.

  • Sounds like a Hillary Hater doing a pre-emptive attack. It’s been done before, with more imagination and less current politics: Whitley Streiber’s Warday.
     

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