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End of Days Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 30, 2011
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--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on End of Days
“Multilayered …the book includes many military and scientific details to add verisimilitude . . . Fans of such nuclear apocalyptic fiction as Nevil Shute’s On the Beach will enjoy this exciting addition to the genre.”
--Library Journal on End of Days
“Just when we thought it was safe to dream again, Robert Gleason has pulled us back, kicking and screaming, to our collective nightmare: nuclear annihilation.”
--Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Gate House
“What an amazing story, sweeping in scope, terrifying, uplifting, outrageous, funny, and shocking, forming an unforgettable picture of humanity’s ‘end of days.’…A story for the ages.”
--Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact
“Robert Gleason has been to the jagged edge of the pit and peeped in; he’s been seared by the heat of the eternal furnace, smelled the brimstone, listened to the mournful wailing of the damned. The Dante of our age, he’s back to tell us about it.”
--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin
“Gleason does for the end of the world what Milton did for Hell itself.”
--W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of Fire the Sky and The Dawn Country, on End of Days
“Gleason has been pondering the inevitability of a Nuclear Apocalypse for more than twenty years. His thoughts are now words. . . . Once you enter his nightmare world, you’ll race wildly through it to find the nearest exit---only to realize that End of Days is not a dream. It’s just tomorrow arriving a day early. Let us hope it inspires all of us to take action.”
--William S. Cohen, former secretary of defense, U.S. senator, and New York Times bestselling author of Dragon Fire
“One twist and turn after another. Scary and compelling. A devious plot, it’s spun by a stellar hand, check it out.”
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor's Tomb
"This masterful tale of the risks of nuclear Armageddon---and much, much more---can only be compared in its imaginative impact with the seminal novels of the “What-if?” genre---John Buchan’s Greenmantle leaps to mind, as well as Nevil Shute’s On the Beach---in the sense that this novel is groundbreaking and peerless in its time.”
--Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters (U.S. Army, ret.), New York Times bestselling author of The War After Armageddon and The Officers’ Club
“A devious, believable tale packed with action and atmosphere. Gleason is at the top of his form, and you’ll hate to see it end. Given current world events, his story unfortunately isn’t that farfetched. The end may be closer than you think.”
--General Sid Shachnow (U.S. Army/Special Forces, ret.)
“Reads like a dark prophecy. A brilliantly conceived, ferocious journey into the final fire, it swept me up with its blazing intensity. A heart-stopping reading experience.”
--Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Hybrids, on End of Days
“The ride of a lifetime—or more accurately…of a deathtime! Written in 3-D, it will take a Spielberg to make a movie of it!”
--David Black, winner of two Edgars, a dozen Emmy and Writers Guild nominations and awards, as well as the author of The Extinction Event, on End of Days
“The Road on steroids!”
--Jon Land, award-winning author of Strong at the Break, on End of Days
“One of the reading experiences of my lifetime. Seldom if ever have I read a book that combined such literary power with a factual background that induced those basic components of tragedy, fear, and pity. Talk about being riveted to the page! I was transmuted!”
--Thomas Fleming, winner of the Lincoln Prize for Lifetime Achievement in History, former president of the American Society of Historians and of PEN, and New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee, on End of Days
“Readers diving into Gleason’s world will never be the same again End of Days is a nuclear warhead of a novel, which could do for the anti-proliferation movement what Silent Spring did for environmentalism. People will inevitably compare End of Days to such apocalyptic masterworks as The Stand, Left Behind, Swan Song, Fail Safe, Dr. Strangelove, and The Sum of All Fears, but in truth there are no comparisons. End of Days dwarfs all previous efforts. A vision old as the Bible, violent as Armageddon itself, End of Days is more than a novel. It is the fulfillment of Revelation, Nostradamus, and all the ancient apocalyptic scrolls rolled into one. This is the End Time writ large. Bravo! Hats off! I wish I could have written End of Days, but I’m man enough to admit that I could not have done it for all the tea in China!”
--David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter
About the Author
ROBERT GLEASON was born in Michigan City, Indiana. He has an AB in English literature from Indiana University, a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and Le Premier Degre a la Sorbonne. He has written more than a dozen novels. The History Channel recently featured him in their two hour special, Prophets of Doom.
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Top Customer Reviews
I looked forward eagerly to this book's arrival and dove right into it as soon as it arrived. I am a fan of end-times stories and enjoy seeing the different theories and ideas of what to expect. It became horribly clear within the first twenty pages, however, that "End" was going to be a letdown. Touted as being "The Road" on steroids, or something to that effect, it has nothing of that book's immediacy, power, or somber dread. It is, instead, a mishmosh of plots and subplots, rife with characters I can only describe as flat and one-dimensional, with an overall smugness about its construction and an attitude of being uber-literate, with its inclusion of supposedly profound poetry and the rantings of a messionic prophetess with a worldwide following.
The story never dwells on any one character long enough to develop the most rudimentary interest in them; in fact, the little the reader gets to know about any of them makes them abhorrent rather than compelling. Lydia Magruder, a one-woman NORAD who has created the ultimate bolt-hole and weapons cache in the Western mountains with enough supplies to ride out Armageddon, and who is apparently descended from Native American mystics, rails to anyone in power about the coming of the apocalypse. Her daughter is meandering in Mecca, at the very edge of disaster. Her stepson, a reckless, risk-taking journalist, has run afoul of two sadistic sisters of someone who is seemingly styled as the AntiChrist, and is slowly being tortured by these witches (one of whom is sleeping with the American President).Read more ›
The title is apt, this is a book about worldwide, thermonuclear war. It was inevitable because, well, there were so many nukes laying around that somebody was bound to start using them. This isn't the first book about nuclear war - Sir John Hackett's "The Third World War" is probably the definitive tome - and sadly, it doesn't add anything to the genre.
This is one of those rare books that is indescribably painful to trudge through. First, we have talking rats. They not only talk amongst themselves, but to birds and even people. It adds nothing to the story, but takes up many pages. Then there are the talking nukes. Thankfully they only talk to each other, but like to wax philosophical en route to their targets, usually wrapping up with a "pithy", gutter-ghetto epithet. More pages and pages of wasted print and paper. The human characters are pretty well drawn, and almost all are despicable. The dialogue induces headaches, particularly when Mad Vlad or the Sin Sisters get spun up. I can understand including bits of it to establish their mental states, but page after page after page is way too much. Even the reasonably normal characters do things that make no sense. Just to round things out, the author has a fixation about electrical torture of the genitals, and chapters are devoted to all sorts of torture. As for the science, apparently EMP effects don't exist in this strange world, among other oddities.
Maybe this was all intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but if so, I really missed it. I've read some pretty awful books this year, but this one is destined to take the title of "Very Worst Book of 2011". To paraphrase Python, this isn't a book for reading, it's a book for laying down and avoiding. Zero stars.
Here's my review in a nutshell. Do not waste your time on this book unless you enjoy torturing yourself with visions of talking rats, cogent machines, thinking warheads, trash-talking characters who have no redeeming qualities, a heroine who requires you to suspend disbelief as she survives unbelievable peril (not to mention nuclear detonation, radiation fallout, and multiple surefire death scenarios) and an old woman reminiscent of a similar character in Stephen King's The Stand (a far superior novel). I didn't like any one in this novel and really didn't care if they survived or not.
Frankly, there's nothing redeeming this book from the dumpster -- I can't think of a single person I'd pass this one to. I love a good apocalyptic novel - but this wasn't one of those. Skip it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very simply one of if not THE worst books I've ever read. I'm not into writing reviews but in the interest of performing at least one public service before I die I felt like it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony Mowatt
In a word: awful. This book is hardly a novel, but more like a garbage bag full of words, possibly the worst book I have ever read out of many hundreds. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. A. Ernst
An incredible story, woven through the eyes of several characters, never staying on one for too long, but just long enough to make it impossible to put down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erika Lewis
Worse. Book. Ever... This is the first book I stopped reading after the first 100 pages. I just couldn't take it anymore. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Debra Holmes
Wow - what a brutal book. I bought this while on vacation at a bookstore and unfortunately made the mistake of not checking Amazon first. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bob Wolff
I stopped reading at about page 170. I gave it a good effort.
Too much back story about too many characters you don't care about. Read more
This book is not an easy read. There are a lot of things that will make you want to quit. I was about a third of the way though and I was thinking, "What the heck is going on? Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by W. Mackela
This sounded so good, but a few pages in I realized the best part was what was on the jacket. Don't waste the time...Published on October 13, 2013 by Jill