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The Nuclear Catastrophe (a fiction novel of survival) (Nuclear Fiction Novels of Survival Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara C. Griffin Billig , Bett Pohnka
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in Southern California, this is the story about the people living and working near a nuclear power plant that experiences a large earthquake. The book follows the paths of Ben Harrington, head of the nuclear power plant and Sara, his pregnant wife. Frank and Paula Waring with two children live in San Mirado, an adjacent town. Althea Carr is their school teacher, and Cecil Yeager is employed as an accountant at a nearby chemical plant. Each chooses different solutions to deal with the problems that arise after the catastrophe. This book brings home the reality of what would or could happen. No one can be so arrogant as to believe it will NEVER happen, especially after the events of March 11, 2011, in Fukushima, Japan. History has shown us time after time that...what can go wrong...will go wrong.

This is the 4th edition of the originally published hardcover novel. Technology has moved with lightning speed since the story was written many years ago predicting this type accident would occur. Now we actually know for sure what was denied for thirty years - that this accident can happen. Sadly Fukushima, Japan, was a replica of this novel's story line. And since years have passed since the Fukushima disaster, we now know much more realistically what the aftermath is like.

Unfortunately, the United States and many other countries also have nuclear reactors that are over forty years old that are the same design as those that experienced meltdowns in Fukushima. It is a foregone conclusion that as these reactors age, or new ones are operated by incompetent third world countries, or attacked by terrorists, more nuclear catastrophes are in the future.

Radiation is a boring subject – you can't see it, you can't hear it, you can't feel it – until it's too late. But what if you were warned that more than the normal amount was released into your area? What would you do? Where would you go? This fiction novel is about what should NEVER happen. But what if it did...near where you live...or work?

Read what these fictional characters experienced and the choices that they made – and be better prepared to make your own choices.

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From the Author

This is how the nuclear fiction novels started. As a science teacher at the time living in Southern California by the San Onofre Nuclear plant, the severe earthquakes experienced in the area gave a premonition of what might occur. It took years before the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan proved this could happen. Now these novels are a reminder that no other industry can affect millions of people in one catastrophe as nuclear can. It's time for safety or for shutdown.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Clearview Investments, Inc.; 4 edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, 4.75 stars, Highly Enjoyable. March 1, 2012
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Until I am able to post my video review, I thought I'd leave a written one in the meantime.

I was excited to read this book, as I lean toward favoring watching the apocalypse in my novels, this one grabbed my attention.

The writer does a superb job of setting the tone in the introduction. In the first chapter she educates us on nuclear power plants. Her characterization was visualizing and her dialogue, especially Sara's dialogue, is realistic.
Now, for me, characters are important, to have a believable character makes the world of difference in a book. You believe that the people you are reading are real, so in fact, you feel for them, engage in their struggles and pain. The author did a good job in that. I especially applaud her in building of her female characters.

We get to see a very detailed and horrifying story that could very easily happen. The negative outcomes as things break down are plausible. The choices these characters make and how it changes their lives is gripping.

I'd like to note that while a reader may find it unbelievable that people are `ignorant' of radiation, please keep in mind that those of us who read these types of books are far more educated in things like radiation than the average Joe. Because we read these books, we take for granted that everyone knows what we do. So untrue. Ask a twenty year old about Chernobyl. Ask five. Only one will probably know. Ask them about the recent radiation in Japan. Most, I kid you not, will say, `huh?' I know this, because I am a DJ and I asked a group of 15 people under 25 those two questions.
In my opinion, the author did a good job in capturing what could be true ignorance if the situation arises. She tells an excellent story that will stay with you for days and weeks.

I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, I finished reading it in two days. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a strong read.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible and dated July 15, 2012
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The book is dated and it shows: written before both Chernobyl and Fukushima, the book takes unusual stances on how nuclear plants operate and how such a disaster would unfold. Perhaps the blatantly most ridiculous is, "There was no plan to deal with it." Really? I find it hard to express how stupid such a thought is.
The characters suck too. Cardboard and hard to get into, the author none the less puts them in stupid situations. The "strong black female" knows her neighborhood is dangerous (according to the text) but then two paragraphs later leaves her keys in her car. In a bad neighborhood. In a disaster. While trying to save her mother's life. Totally ludicrous.
Even with it being free to rent I regretted downloading this book. Avoid it.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear catastrophe February 27, 2012
By Maru604
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This is one of the poorest books I've ever read. The characters are cardboard cutouts, the author clearly has zero knowledge of nuclear power plant operations, and the plot appears to be scare as many people as possible. Ignorant emotional junk. I am sorry I wasted my time and money on it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a nuclear catastophe February 28, 2012
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i thought this book was very insightful and well written. it is written as a fiction novel but does get you to think about what to do if this became a reality.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catastrophic read...! February 13, 2013
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Death and destruction are elements that remain on the sidelines in our reality. When we hear about tragedy on the news, it's not real for us until, of course, it happens to us.

Ben Harrington is one of these people, a project manager, a man of everyday routine with a normal life and a normal pregnant wife, Sara. But reality is taken away from him and thrown in an overdrive when one sunny day in Southern California, the nuclear plant where he works starts to tremble and shake under the onslaught of an earthquake. Ben Harrington then becomes the victim of a reality that we cannot possibly comprehend.
It is with the implosion of the nuclear plant that displaces the lives of all the plant workers and the people living around the surrounding area. Suddenly they find themselves in a situation where the choices that they will make will inconceivably lead to their very survival. Choices, that have long term connotations, and consequences that may not change the future for the better. What would you do if you were caught in their shoes? Stay home or flee?

I would like to stress here what the book description already covers, because I think it's worth reading and contemplating over again and again: As of January, 2011, there are 442 nuclear power plants operating or under construction in the world. The United States has 104 of these plants, France has 58, and Japan has 54.

Barbara Griffin, armed with a degree in biology and chemistry, has spun a web of dire situations for her readers to delve into, and perhaps conclude their own understanding of the reality in which they reside.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really? Geeezzzzz November 19, 2011
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While a lot of the book was OK, they keep making statements that people don't believe in radiation because they can't see it or feel it. Really? Was this written about 1900? Who doesn't realize that radiation is a very real threat even though you can't see it. I found it insulting.........

Not that good. Average minus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! April 23, 2012
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A riveting book on a significant subject. Radiation is insidious. Its effects are devastating and everywhere in today's world. But it is only obviously quantifiable after a catastrophe which is how the writers choose to make their point, propelling you from the start into the "when" of a disastrous meltdown, not the "what if." Expediency in the name of commerce and comfort exposes us all to danger. "The Nuclear Catastrophe" makes you face that fact. All things radiological have a consequence. Whether it be Fukushima or learning that dental x-rays are more hazardous than previously thought (something we all kinda suspected) or finding a new venue for spent fuel rods (Yucca is full up), one thing we know for sure is radiation, like life, finds a way... Read this book to experience one of the costs of its use so you can make a more informed decision on whether you believe nuclear energy is worth the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but don't expect to learn anything here.
Stated out well, but got lost somewhere between the explosion and the struggle to survive. Concentrates on four/five characters/ families at first then seems to forget most of them... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sean OCadhla
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning, this book is from 1977, keep this in mind before you read
This book is terrible. I was awfully confused throughout as it was so dated - the female characters were all housewives, doctors telling a pregnant women to drink 3 glasses of red... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ~Sarah~
1.0 out of 5 stars Gross technology errors in the writing, exp medical. ...
Gross technology errors in the writing, exp medical . As other reviewers have noted cardboard characters. Really, people allowed to move back less than year after within 30 miles.
Published 7 months ago by ella
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected
I was surprised within the first couple of chapters to find that this book was written quite awhile go. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. A. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this novel about a community facing a nuclear catastrophe.
I'm an Englishwoman in my mid-fifties, and hardly ever read novels; the only times I do being when the book is a novel written about some important factual subject. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christine T
5.0 out of 5 stars Man made technology + Mother Nature can equal disaster
The value of this book is that it describes and explains how Mother Nature and a manmade disaster can come together to create the ultimate destruction. Read more
Published 17 months ago by WannaBePrepper
2.0 out of 5 stars Alright but a little boring
Truthfully I didn't finish the book. I just could not get interested in it. I am a fan of apocalyptic tales but this one was just too slow and failed to grab my attention.
Published 18 months ago by Wildroseofky
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Description of a Nuclear Accident
As with any book that focuses on the possible catastrophes of nuclear meltdown, this book definitely has a political ax to grind. Read more
Published 21 months ago by LadyLJ57
4.0 out of 5 stars Our lack of preparation is a real fear
One doesn't quite know what to believe. One side of me believes that the measures and preparation for nuclear fallout must be more advanced than this book makes out; another part... Read more
Published on March 2, 2013 by Maria
3.0 out of 5 stars The Nuclear Catastrophe
Upon reading the description of the book (what would happen to a community that was experiencing a nuclear nightmare), I was very excited to start reading `The Nuclear... Read more
Published on February 24, 2013 by Crystal Lanham
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