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The day they H-bombed Los Angeles Paperback – 1961

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (1961)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007FPRN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,819,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dufus on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm thinking that I first read this when I was around the age of 12 (1965). It really grabbed my attention. The story is simple. An unknown virus infects people swimmming in the ocean. This causes them to mutate to people "monsters" that stalk and kill. The government finds out and seals off LA and nukes it. The story is of those that are "normal" and are trying to survive.

Short book. Easy to read. A great story. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Robbins on February 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
A lot of writers are prolific. They write a lot of books during their careers. Some of the stories are 'average'. Some rivet us to the page. These gems are worth tracking down.

THE DAY THEY H-BOMBED LOS ANGELES is a gem by Robert Moore Williams.

Williams wrote a lot of SciFi back in the day. And most of it, alas, as is too often the case with too many wordsmiths, has been forgotten, consigned to the mists of time.

This one deserves better. Since it was penned during the height of the Cold War, when you first see the cover,
with its shocking depiction of L.A. going up in a mushroom cloud, you might think it has to do with a Soviet attack on U.S. soil. But no. It's the U.S. government that drops the bomb on one of its leading cities.

What would merit so drastic an act? Williams comes up with a novel---pardon the pun---rationale, that also happens to be believable. Because if events unfolded in real life as they do in this book, there is no way the government would let the infection spread.

The bomb itself is mere backdrop. Williams focuses on the survivors, those who manage to live through the blast, only to find themselves immersed in a greater horror. Hordes of mutated humans are roaming the streets, killing all the 'normals' they find.

And although the front page blurb describes the creatures as 'zombies', they're not like any zombies you've ever read about. Which makes them doubly terrifying.

It's a short book and a quick read. If you're home alone and want some goose bumps to crawl over your skin,
treat yourself to THE DAY THEY H-BOMBED LOS ANGELES.
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Honestly, I have read much better pieces of Sci-fi literature.
Let's just say I found Mr. R.M. Williams style a bit "raw" compared to other authors.
But at the same time, this book is so great about the story it tells, that it could be rightly considered as a "seminal" paper, who sparkled so many ideas for the future to come.
After finishing, I realized how much has been taken from this book.
The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, Mad Max, 1997 Escape from New York, The Crazies... you name it, it was brilliantly already described in this short story.
A must read for all "apocalypse" stories fans'

"The bombs that hit Los Angeles on that peaceful day unleashed a terror greater than any calculated by man. Far worse than the instantaneous destruction and mass deaths was the sudden appearance of human beings transformed into howling zombies who attacked the survivors unmercifully. Even the terrible fall-out could not account for such barbarism.

Tom Watkins and his crew watched hopelessly as men turned into beasts all around them; desperately they tried to defend their tiny hideaway. But even more puzzling was the fact that escape from the devastated area was under penalty of death. Was it really possible that the onslaught of bombs was sent, not by an enemy nation, but by the government of the United States itself?"

-- Transcribed from The Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles teaser page
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A SciFi classic from the 60's with the right mixture of characters just like any diaster movie. The nuclear disaster here is really a kind of side story the real threat is not revealed until later. This is another paper back that I read til it fell apart, I'm still happy to re-read this again today.
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