End of the world disaster novel. Large on ramifications of east vs. west vs. the rest of the world. Needed a bit more "after" for me to give it 5 stars. Great adjectives; a rainy day favorite. "Lucifer's Hammer" was a perfect 5 1/2 stars! This one is about low 4'ish.
Starts a little slow, but after the first couple of chapters the pace picks up and it is a enjoyable end of the world story.
(From back of book) The first strikes destroyed Cleveland, Tunis, and parts of Alaska, Canada, and Australia. That was barely the beginning. The swarm-a cloud of meteors and Asteroids 50,000 miles across- was coming. Hundreds of missiles put Earth under siege, forcing the world into a panicked hell of anarchy and catastrophe. Riots and orgies rampaged in the rubble. And worse waited. Because at the swarm's heart was Shiva-a 30 billion-ton comet set to hit earth with the force of 250,000 H-bombs. The impact would turn seas into vapor and mountains into dust. Pray, scream, get drunk, or run amok- but no one could escape it. No one could survive it. And no one could stop it.