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Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois

Resurrection Day (original 1999; edition 2000)

by Brendan DuBois

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Title:Resurrection Day
Authors:Brendan DuBois
Info:Time Warner Paperbacks (2000), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 580 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Library Book
Tags:Fiction, Library Book (2009 - ), Read in 2012

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Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois (1999)


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This is an alternate history novel set in America in 1972, a decade after the Cuban missile crisis developed into a full scale nuclear war which destroyed much of America, Cuba and practically the whole of the Soviet Union. America in 1972 is a repressive and rundown society, which receives food parcels from Britain (incidentally, it is ruled by a President Romney - George, not Mitt). One journalist has received clues that lead him to a series of secrets that overturns the assumptions of his society, though in a way that seemed a bit sudden and unlikely against the backdrop of the society depicted here.

The novel is gripping and the descriptions of the history that led to the current situation make for chilling reading when one thinks how near this alternate reality came to being true 50 years ago this month. The characters are rather cliched but this is a good page turner. 4/5 ( )
  john257hopper | Oct 9, 2012 |
In a little-known alternate history book, Brendan DuBois throws you back to 1972, ten years after the Cuban Missile Crisis turns into a full blown war between the United States and Soviet Union. Washington, Omaha, San Diego, Miami and New York have all been struck by Soviet nukes, while Russia is a radioactive pile of ash. Millions died in Asia as a result of radiation poisoning. The British and Canadians have been helping out there American friends...or so the US thought.

In a surprisingly plausible novel, DuBois tells us what could've been had President Kennedy launched ICBMs Russia's way. I really enjoyed this book. It's fantastic, and I think it's underrated. ( )
  MAINEiac4434 | Apr 12, 2010 |
A fast paced thriller which I have now read twice. A great mood was created and the stoic cental character was perfect for the role. It would make a good movie. Somehing between Fatherland and escape from New York. ( )
1 vote miketheriley | Jun 23, 2008 |
October 1962 was a nerve-wracking time for most people but it was only much later that I learned that I probably should have been closer to “terrified” than to “nervous.” I remember well reading the headlines and short articles in my thin local newspaper about the confrontation between Khrushchev and Kennedy that was happening in Cuba. There was a sense of great danger in the articles but I don’t recall talking with anyone who really believed that Russia and the United States would actually fire nuclear missiles at each other over the incident. Of course, I was only 14 at the time and may have been spared the truth about what adults were really thinking, but subsequent release of details about the confrontation show how utterly naïve so many of us were. (I do remember one of the infamous nuclear bomb drills, the old “duck and cover” routine, at my school that week but even that didn’t really scare me since I had already experienced several of those silly things.)

Resurrection Day, by Brendan DuBois, starts with the Kennedy-Khrushchev stalemate over the nuclear-tipped missiles that Khrushchev was installing in Cuba at Castro’s “invitation.” But DuBois takes an alternate path, the path we came so close to actually following, and explores what might have happened if Khrushchev had not blinked at nearly the last possible moment and agreed to remove his nuclear weapons from Cuba.

Ten years later, 1972-America has still not recovered from the devastation of the short war with Russia. Washington D.C. is still a blank spot on the map, New York City is off limits and has been fenced in by the military, and the country is still partially dependent on food supplies from Great Britain in order to feed people in its major cities. Russia has been effectively wiped off the map and its survivors forced into primitive living conditions in which their long term survival is still in doubt. It seems that the Soviet arsenal was greatly overrated and contained far fewer missiles capable of reaching the U.S. than had been thought before the war.

Carl Landry, military veteran turned Boston newspaper reporter, opens up a can of worms when he refuses to end his investigation into the murder of an old man who had contacted him with promises of a huge story. Despite being warned off the story by his editor and the paper’s resident military censor, Landry keeps snooping around and begins to uncover, with the help of his new British girlfriend, secrets about the true condition of New York City, the upcoming presidential election, and a plot between British and American military forces.

Brendan DuBois has created an intriguing version of America struggling to recover from the loss of its major city and its capitol. It is an America in which many want to believe that Kennedy survived the destruction of Washington D.C. and will return to power with a plan to rebuild the country while others despise him and blame him for being so trigger happy that he started a war that resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans and Russians. It is a world in which most of America’s former allies seem to delight in the fact that she is on her knees and needs their help, a condition in which some wish her to remain forever more. It is a country filled with paranoid citizens who truly do have to worry about being watched, arrested, and sent to detoxification camps if they say the wrong things to the wrong people.

Resurrection Day is not perfect. It probably overstates the difficulty that America would have rebounding from the kind of limited nuclear war described, one she actually won, and some of the characters, particularly the chief villain of the piece, are a bit on the stereotypical side and the ending feels a little too formulaic, too much like the culmination of so many other “spy thrillers,” But fans of alternate history will appreciate the world that DuBois created for us to ponder and should take a look at Resurrection Day.

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3 vote SamSattler | Feb 26, 2008 |
It'll loosen your bowels...
  kencf0618 | Oct 6, 2005 |
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In de annalen van de geschiedenis zal worden opgetekend dat deze bittere worsteling zijn hoogtepunt bereikte aan het van de jaren '50 en het begin van de jaren '60. Laat ik daarom als president van de Verenigde Staten nadrukkelijk verklaren dat ik vastberaden ben het overleven en welslagen van onze maatschappelijke ordening zeker te stellen, ongeacht de kosten en de gevaren. (President John F. Kennedy-20 april 1961)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0515129496, Mass Market Paperback)

Brendan DuBois is an award-winning U.S. author of mystery stories: this alternate-world thriller is very much in the tradition of Robert Harris's Fatherland. Consider this striking blurb line: "Everyone remembered exactly what they were doing the day President Kennedy tried to kill them." History went awry in this world's Cuba crisis, leading to a 1962 nuclear war that devastated Russia, crippled America, and left Britain a major world power smugly giving aid to the USA. Cut to 1972 Boston and ex-soldier Carl Landry, now a newspaper reporter whose coverage of a routine murder is suppressed by military censors. He's unwisely curious, investigates further, and inevitably stirs up a hornets' nest. Attacks, deaths, and disappearances follow. With a new-found girlfriend--an English Times reporter who is not all she seems--Landry uncovers a succession of red-hot secrets about abandoned New York, perfidious British and military plotting, and crucial documents coveted by several factions with different beliefs about their contents. Is Kennedy unjustly despised for starting World War  III? Is the rumor that he's still alive just this timeline's version of the Elvis myth? After building up terrific tension, DuBois delivers satisfying answers. Grimly plausible (apart from a few lapses in "British" dialogue) and worthy of the Fatherland comparisons. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk

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An alternate-history novel in which the 1962 Cuban Crisis ends in a war which ravages the U.S. The country becomes dependent on British aid and a Boston reporter discovers a plot to transform the U.S. into a British colony.

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