- Publisher: Lightyear Pr (November 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0899683754
- ISBN-13: 978-0899683751
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,933,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Long Loud Silence
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Most of the great post-apocalyptic novels have had films made of them so that new generations of readers could be redirected to the books and generate interest in the book and the author's other works. Examples that come to mind are Stephen King's `The Stand', the Philip Dick short story `Second Variety' (`Screamers'), H.G. Wells' The Shape of Things to Come' (`The Shape of Things') and `The Time Machine', and Neville Chute's `On The Beach.'
Sadly, though, Wilson Tucker's account of an Army recruiter surviving an atomic/biological attack on the USA doesn't have that 21st Century video version pulling in the book fans. The book has gone out of print.
Cpl. Gary wakes from a birthday bender on the wrong side of the Mississippi River after the nuclear/biological attack. He thinks that because he is a member of the US Army, that his comrades on the Western side of the River will welcome him home with open arms. Before he gets a chance, he sees these same soldiers will shoot anyone from the East who dare to try to cross over.
The rest of the story is about how Gary tries to adjust to the changes that the apocalypse has brought ----hunger, loneliness, mistrust and survival. Gary evolves from a not-too-likeable fellow into a clever, practical, but solitary survivor.Read more ›
This book was published when the Cold War was raging, as many of the lasts I've reviewed and show some of the cultural background of the time.
Here the reader is presented with a world situated after a crushing blitz war. Corporal Gary has celebrated his birthday with a monumental drunkenness. How many days has he been unconscious? He couldn't say. But he awakes in USA's eastern half, devastated by biological and nuclear weapons. The Mississippi river is the unsurpassable border dividing America in two. At the west margin some organized Government still survives and a country free from pestilence. The very few survivors in the east are isolated and not permitted to come across.
Gary is not a very nice character; he is prone to being selfish and ruthless. But he is a survivor whatsoever and his WWII experience enhances him to do this. He tries once and again to go west.
Will he succeed? Read the book and find the answer.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
Gary is now faced with a battle for survival. Trapped in a world returning to barbarism, he's determined to find a way of crossing the river and returning to the civilization that still exists on the other side. But the biological weapons have left Gary and the other survivors infected with plague germs. Anyone who tries to cross the river is killed by the soldiers guarding the bridges, for fear of spreading contamination. Gary is trapped between armed soldiers on one side and lawless violence on the other. Over the months, things go from bad to worse...
"The Long Loud Silence" was written in 1952, the same year the United States detonated the first hydrogen bomb. The novel is grim but not as bleak as some of the other books in the genre. In fact it's quite optimistic in some ways. The novel is set in the 1950s. Corporal Gary is a World War Two veteren. That experience gives him an advantage over the other survivors he is trapped with; he knows the tricks of survival. One expression Gary is fond of using is "hell of a note". Was the author afraid of using profanity? It's an expression I've never heard before. It sure gets used a lot, though.
The cover artwork shows a muscle-bound, macho-looking guy in a ripped shirt holding a gun. Behind him is a stylized mushroom cloud. The only thing I have in common with this character is that he has the same birthday as me.Read more ›
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This was a pretty interesting take on the usual post-apocalyptic survivor story. Uneven at times, but a lot of nice additions and details that can easily resonate with current... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Eric Quinn
Wilson A. Tucker (1914-2006) was a not very prolific sci-fi author. He has written a dozen novels and two dozen short stories. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Maximiliano F Yofre
Wilson A. Tucker (1914-2006) was not a very prolific sci-fi author. He has written a dozen novels and two dozen short stories. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Maximiliano F Yofre
I purchased this to replace a copy that was "borrowed." Wilson Tucker did his usual excellent job in the writing of this book. His vision of the world is usually very dark. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Amazon Customer
For the general gist of the book read the other reviews. What is interesting about the book is that the central character is a borderline psychopath but this is clearly not... Read morePublished on July 28, 2007 by A. F. Mcclure
Wilson A. Tucker is not a very prolific sci-fi author. He has written a dozen novels and two dozen short stories. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Maximiliano F Yofre
Title: The Long Loud Silence
Author: Wilson Tucker
The Plot: Sometime in the 1950s, an unidentified aggressor attacks the eastern third of the United States... Read more
I read this book 20 years ago, or more, and at the time I thought it a good effort in the post-apocalyptic genre. Read morePublished on October 2, 1998