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Arc Light
Arc Light
Author: Eric L. Harry
In author Eric L. Harry's powerful, fever-pitched first novel, nuclear war is only the beginning. A series of political and military blunders precipitates the deaths of millions of Americans. The ensuing rage of an entire nation rains down on one man: a weak and broken President, impeached in high drama on the floor of the Senate's underground c...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780515117929
ISBN-10: 0515117927
Publication Date: 2/1/1996
Pages: 624
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4.3 stars, based on 20 ratings
Publisher: Jove Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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In a scenario terrifyingly close to today's headlines, Harry's debut novel opens with a North Korean invasion of South Korea that leads, through a series of tragic errors and decisions, to a Russian nuclear attack on military bases in the U.S. Like techno-thriller master Tom Clancy, Harry offers a sprawling narrative that focuses on a small army of soldiers, politicians and their families, American and Russian. National Security Advisor Greg Lambert must keep and tell secrets that may lead to Armageddon; Reservist David Chandler must leave his pregnant wife in order to drive a tank; U.S. President Walter Livingston, eager for peace, must endure the ignominy of impeachment; Russian General Yuri Razov must deal with the consequences of his initial decision to launch nuclear missiles. Ground, air and submarine battles alternate with scenes of anarchy stateside as exhausted leaders are forced to make instant decisions that might snuff out humanity forever. With a masterful grasp of military strategy and geopolitics, Harry moves his characters through nightmares of blood and death; his intricately detailed scenes of nuclear devastation are particularly horrifying. Told through a series of rapid-fire climaxes, this novel, a political and military cautionary tale of considerable power and conviction, will keep readers riveted.
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A really good story. I enjoyed the mix of military, political, and civilian stories and points of view. The characters seemed real and their reactions seemed authentic. It was a long book but I would enjoy a follow up story about the rebuilding.
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one of the best books I have ever read. starts out with an attack on south korea, and then it gets good.
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I did like the book but it is written more for someone who is interested in the mechanics of war weapons. For me the book would have been better if it has been more character driven.
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This book was very interesting because it showed what various people were thinking,and going through- from the new mom, to the President. Very thought provoking.
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An absolutely enjoyable read. The subject matter was frightening but moved along at a rapid clip. This is a must read for the fan of the military thriller. I had a little trouble with some of the technical jargon but overall it was written in a style that made it flow easily. The only part that was hard for me to swallow was the concept of that many warheads raining down without total annihilation.