- File Size: 477 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Publisher: RosettaBooks (January 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003XVYLA8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Red Alert (RosettaBooks into Film) Kindle Edition
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Overall: 4 3/4 stars
Plot/Storyline: 5 stars
Okay, let's this out of the way right now. My favorite movie of all time is the dark comedy classic "Dr. Strangelove." Red Alert was the novel that Dr. Strangelove was loosely based upon. Very loosely, I have to add. The essential story was carried over to the film, but the comedy elements were added in the screenplay. In other words, in the novel, there was no Dr. Strangelove, there was no breaking-into-the-Coke-machine scene, and Slim Pickens didn't ride the bomb down.
But don't be too upset. Aside from the comedy stuff, the storyline of Red Alert was carried over to the movie fairly accurately. As a fan of the movie, I even recognized much of the dialogue.
Instead of the psycho General Jack Ripper, there was General Quinten, commanding officer of the 843rd Bomb wing based at Sonora AFB, who decided to take out the Soviet Union with a massive first strike against their airfields and ICBM launch complexes. He issued "Wing Attack - Plan R" orders to his B-52s, and as in the movie, only he knew the recall code prefix ("OPE") that would bring back the planes. Inside the Pentagon's War Room, the President and his military and civilian staff argued the merits of sending in every SAC bomber to finish the job the 843rd had started. And on the B-52 "Alabama Angel," commanded by Captain Clint Brown, the crew went about their deadly business of delivering two hydrogen bombs.
And the Soviets did have a Doomsday Device that would destroy the world if it was triggered.Read more ›
It reads like any novel written in the 50's complete with main characters who are all white men and fine upstanding examples of duty and valor. But, that doesn't detract from the overall story, it actually makes the story more believable since the everyone is doing their duty to the best of their abilities. Its fast paced and relatively short - only 2600+ locations - and makes for a pleasant read. Unlike most modern novels in the genre, there is no gore, no panic in the general population and a comparably small body count.
If you're a fan of Apocalyptic fiction, this is a must read.
Of little note today is that SAC (the Strategic Air Command) had air fleets of B-52s armed and in the air from the 1950s until the early 1990s. During that time there were many 'incidents' that could have triggered a 'bombing' should there not have been numerous "failsafes" that kept this from happening. One of the major protections was the 'red phone' lines directly between the US President and the General Secretary of the USSR.
While Kubrick decided to turn this into a satire, most of what happens in the book does happen in the movie, without the comedy. What prevented this disaster from actually happening was that 'Plan R' was NEVER a scenario that was approved for use by the Joint Chiefs. One of the reasons that no one person (except for the President) could order a strike was to prevent some one going off the deep end and ordering a nuclear strike. In most cases it took two or more people to arm a missile and fire it. The 'Minuteman' sites were set-up so that one person couldn't turn both keys at once and the two men in the silo were armed so as to able to shoot each other should it become necessary to stop any attempted launch.Read more ›
I myself am a terrible speller and usually read right over such mistakes, but these are so numerous and so obvious that I cringe thinking about all those I missed. They are a distraction to the story and show the poor quality of the editorial staff.
If you can find an earlier printing of this book, buy that copy. So far, it is worth the read, but not the frustration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is straight but was taken to make it a satire as Dr. Strangelove. Well worth reading.Published 2 months ago by Robert B. Lyons
The movie was very true to the book. Although the book had no dark humor at all; you could see how and where Kubrick got his inspiration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave Carver
Thought provoking, quite a different ending from Dr. Strangelove. Many technical inaccuracies, but ok nonetheless. I need to watch the movie again.Published 6 months ago by Paul Robinson
Very inaccurate technical details, from B-52 crew makeup to doomsday device.Published 8 months ago by Tim Brummer
The no nonsense straightforwardness of this novel makes it believe able, except that the Cold War is thankfully over. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas R. Boxleiter
A very important book. Written as a page turner, with a real empathy for its characters, big and small. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Franky63
Read it to see how it compared to the screenplay. It was pretty darn close, but any humorous scenes from the movie were certainly not in the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tin Pigeon
Terrific story! Action through out. A lot of interesting stories about the B52 crew: how they stuck together to the end. The scenes at Sonora air base a dynamite. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Onlygameintown
This was an excellent story with a spine chilling ending. It reminded me of the movie "Failsafe" starring Henry Fonda. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter Sinclair
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