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Dust

4.1 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595259359
ISBN-10: 0595259359
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About the Author

Her infatuation with End Times has inspired many published works of Jacqueline Druga-Marchetti. A native of Pittsburgh, Jacqueline is a fulltime freelance writer, a musician, and she also works as a private investigator.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595259359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595259359
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,803,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Normally I seldom leave reviews, but this book had no reviews at this point, and it is definitely good enough that it deserves some.

Best:

excellent character development, especially the narrator, as well as all the other central characters, good, neutral or evil. Seldom one-dimensional, the characters are usually fairly well rounded.

Good:

The effects of a nearby nuclear explosion seem to have been well researched, and the effects of this over a long period of time seem likely and believable.

Poor:

The scenario suggested that caused WWIII is extremely unlikely, and threw me out of the story for a few pages. But this is a very peripheral part of the book, and one bad small note shouldn't destroy your appreciate of an otherwise fine performance.
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I'd never heard of this book before, and I'm a newbie when it comes to Post Apocalyptic fiction, preferring my End of the World to be filled with Zombies...

I loved it, plain and simple... it's not an action-packed book where things are blowing up every five seconds, your hero is a Bruce Willis who shoots his way out of spots and baddies swarm our heroes with overwhelming odds... the story centers around a small group of survivors and their interaction - good and bad - as they try to figure out what has happened in their world. The characterizations are realistic and you feel for these people at the end.

I'm looking forward to reading more from this author!

Armand Rosamilia
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I honestly don't know where to start with this review. I just knew I had to write one. Upon downloading a sample of this book, I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters lives. This book is about one mother's struggle to ensure her family and friends survival. It resonated deeply with me and I could relate to her on many levels. This isn't a "how-to" on survival and preparedness. It is the story of one unconventional family and their troubles and times immediately after a nuclear war. The war itself is basically background information. I would give this story a 5 based on plot/ storyline alone, except for a few of the characters decisions. However, there are a few grammar and spelling issues which don't really affect the overall enjoyment of the story. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. My review title says it all best though. I anxiously clicked the "next page" button and was devastated to notice my progress bar was at 100%. That is not to say it was a "cliff-hanger" ending... Just that I could've kept reading about these characters for a long long while.
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This is a story of survival during and after a nuclear attack of the United States. It is such a page turner that I literally could not put it down. It has something special in the writing. It has such a spark of something not found in all books. It is that certain way of telling a story that can captivate you and make you feel like you are almost there. The characters are written so well. The author tells it from a female point of view, and it is so realistic that it is almost like it could be true. I found the nuclear information to be so intriguing that I intend to go and research some of her facts to see how accurate she is.

This story has in it what I love the most about post apocalyptic stories. The tales of how people can survive no matter what happens to them. These people go through some pretty tough hardships, but the subtle hope that is throughout this tale makes it such a good book. Although this lady seemed to be out of the ordinary in how she set up her basement, I do know people that are end of the world survivalists. There are people in this world that are very like her, so it was easy for me to suspend some belief in that area. The best part of this book is how it shows what happens after the bombs.
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I really enjoyed this book, its twists and its characters. For those who like to constantly 'edit' books they read, you can deal with the very few errors in this one.

The storyline is very well-developed and my favorite books are page-turners you just can't put down until you reach the end. This is one of them! There was NO WAY I was going to bed until I found out what happened next....and then finished it and liked the ending very much!
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Well, I've read worse on my Kindle.

First, it was good to return to the good old days when the world ended in nuclear fire. Zombies, viruses, vampires, and even runaway weather have had their days in the sun recently. Returning to the roots of the fall of civilization was a welcome change. And it was good to see nations providing the decimation rather than a rogue terrorist organization. It's good to see old adversaries having a solid throw-down. Besides, who's ever developed a weapon they haven't used? Sure, America nuked Japan, but those devices were crude. Today's nuclear destruction potential is just much more glorious!

But I did have some issues. The story moved slow in the beginning. I expected... I don't know, more to happen, I guess. With all the people at the aide station, it seems the surroundings of the main character's house would or could have been visited. People poking around in the debris looking for food comes to mind. Wounded looking for a place to rest also works. The aide station all but demonstrated the vast numbers, either in line or in the few cots. That none would go rummaging through the wreckage, making noise... I think this might have been a missed opportunity.

Someone else brought up the main character's poking her nose in the aide station and leaving virtually unmolested is a bit of a stretch. I would agree with that. The tension I felt in that scene I thought would certainly come from her being severely punished for trying what she tried. Guards, more guards, even more guards, and justice meted out by the bullet. Civilized behavior is just a thin veneer over the brutality we're all capable of. I don't think, really, the powers in charge would have looked kindly on Joann's pilfery.
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