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Defiance Paperback – August 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Stein and Day (August 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812881567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812881561
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Kohl on December 29, 2010
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Defiance

Like your post-apocalyptic heroes with clay feet? We got a bunch here. Also I'll give a quick plot outline since no plot is given in Amazon's book description.

Mountain states, mid 80's, sneak attack on the USA by USSR. Not much nuclear. Mainly used to take out USA leadership. Soviet troops fly over the North Pole, seize and garrison a leaderless nation. As the other review said sorta like Red Dawn. Though not much action. Very character-driven until then end. I didn't miss the action; I was too amazed at the characters and their drives.

What is not like Red Dawn is our heroes are flawed, very flawed. VERY FLAWED. Yes, I am shouting. Don't get this book if you want black haired Greek gods as heroes.

Our Heroes:
Failed painter, anti-social outcast, a drunk, who's possibly a lousy father, and directionless.
His son, slightly retarded, taken from Pops and placed in a foster care home. Then used as slave labor by Foster-Father. No, he doesn't drink.
A self-made, old-time SOB drunken cowboy-type, possibly untrustworthy, defiantly Republican Congressman material.
A pair of sniveling "boys", who drink, while competing for attention.
The inhabitants of the local drunk tank.
The Spanish and Indians do come across as honorable. Heavy drinkers but honorable.

No, the book is not comedy. This book is very dark, very rich, and very good. Forgiving my above belittling, the characters are well written with human flaws. No broad-shoulder, narrow hipped gunslinger types. Just real people, with a real ending.

I believe the author was writing a story about the people and the post-apocalyptic setting is just a tool.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Carpenter on July 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This story is on a similar vein as The Movie Red Dawn but was written earlier. It's well crafted and interesting. I liked it because it wasn't predictable. Well crafted story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hesperus on December 6, 2012
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This is clearly a period piece, the references used almost stink of the 1970s, yippes, malaise, decadence. But this is an extremely creative and well written novel, I read it in half a day, although I should stress that it is engrossing stuff and I am a fast reader. The part about the concentration camp was disturbingly familiar to me. Although I do have 2 small quibbles, somehow I think that in the event of an invasion that there would be more than a half a dozen guys who wouldn't put up with it and the author described MIG 21s as having swept wings. They have delta wings with a tailplane, I know, I have been in one.
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