- Paperback: 550 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (January 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507798822
- ISBN-13: 978-1507798829
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,220,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Fire: An Epic Saga of the Nuclear Holocaust Paperback – January 30, 2015
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About the Author
KENT DAVID KELLY is the author of over 30 books, including the best-selling post-apocalyptic saga FROM THE FIRE, the gothic novel ARACHNE, and THE NECRONOMICON: THE CTHULHU REVELATIONS.
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Top Customer Reviews
All the way through this book, my heart was pounding and I kept wondering if Sophie would safely make it out of her refuge to find her daughter, Lacie in Kersey.
During her attacks of paranoia under Fairburn Mountain she decides to busy herself with doing simple things. The voices she hears are of her long deceased sister (Patrice) and her father. Sophie wonders if she is the only one left alive. Tuning up the Grundig, she realizes there are others. The trek with Silas in the Hummer is one incredible ride. This exemplifies the love of a mother so very desperately tying to reach her daughter, Lacie. This is the part where I kept asking myself "what if"? The reality of the utter destruction after thermonuclear explosions is a real eye opener. And then, the question I kept asking myself "what for"?
The fight at Pearson's Corner shows the desperate state of the survivors and illustrates just how low humanity would sink in a scenario like this one..
The novel delves into the psychology of humans and does show the better side of mankind in several instances.
Hopefully, humanity will never sink to this level of destruction. God (or whatever your belief system allows) help us all if it ever comes down to anything that resembles this scenario.
Most highly recommended.
The beginning is a bit tough to get through, as far as reading goes---Sophie keeps "rebooting" mentally. At first, she's brittle and in several forms of shock. Bear with the opening sections. As soon as Silas arrives, things pick up fast. It's utterly amazing how sad this book is. It's a quiet, weeping sadness, very well done, no bathos, no gore for gore's sake, although again---it's brutal because an total, no-holds barred global nuclear war would indeed BE brutal beyond belief. The author pulled me so deeply into this book, I finished it in one long setting, and then couldn't sleep because I was...moved. There are losses, and there are triumphs, too. As dark as this book is, it's not as horribly unredeemably bleak as it could have been.
Just...read it. The sample doesn't do it any justice. If you're after more traditional fare---mutants, political intrigue, or a war story, this isn't it. This is about survival in a world where even the soil and bedrock has been pulverized and cast into the skies, a world of never ending storms. It's Hell, but these amazing characters endure.
Warning: The author is incredibly talented at creating images that are deeply vivid. I have several of them stuck in my head today. If you're extremely sensitive or deeply empathic---if you cry over roadkill----this book might be too painful to read. The world dies. It's rough but worth it.
Once I did a project in the Longmont area and have been on some of the roads, and the countryside along them, described in the book. It was a bit creepy reading those parts since I could picture those places in my mind's eye.
The author interestingly explains why he wrote some of the content at the back of the book, that was interesting too.
All in all I recommend this work if you liked things Alas Babylon or A Canticle For Leibowitz - there is a Canticle in this book too.
Our main character suffers through not only the obvious horrors of nuclear war, but also her own inner demons. She is tortured, and the author makes us as readers feel every second of her psychological torment. The author is a masterful storyteller, using the writer's craft to build an immersive world and suck us into it, like it or not. Frankly, much of this story is so disturbing it was tempting to stop reading, yet I could not put the book down.
No one will pick this up expecting a "feel-good" story. However, at the end, I did feel "good" in the sense that this author took me on an incredible and ultimately satisfying journey. I definitely recommend this book.
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