- Publisher: Gold Medal; First Ed edition (1960)
- ASIN: B005H5BZHA
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark December Paperback – 1960
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Top Customer Reviews
Major Gavin is released from his military duty, hops flights over ravaged land until he ends up Redmond, Oregon and from there has to try to find his way south through bureaucratic detours, a crazy man, radiation, disease, feral children and more trying to make his way home.
This book, even though published in 1960, was not too dated at all (at least on important details). The military sections of the story were very believable, which might come from the fact that the author, Coppel, was a fighter pilot with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. I had to stop and think a minute while reading the book. I was trying to visualize Gavin's journey and was getting a little confused -until I realized the book was written BEFORE the construction of Interstate 5.
This was one of the best early examples of the post-apocalyptic genre I've read.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, if one can say that about a book about such catastrophic events...but I was quite impressed by the hard-headedness of the narrative. This book seems close in style to The Postman, with a lone wanderer in a Pacific NW wilderness/wasteland battling bandits, rouge army commanders and what-not. Grim stuff about struggling for survival in a world gone wrong. if you are a fan of John Christopher's novels such as NO BLADE OF GRASS, then DARK DECEMBER will be your cup of tea. Cheers!