- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st Ballantine Books trade pbk. ed edition (January 27, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345421396
- ISBN-13: 978-0345421395
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 910 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think this is one of the most exciting, inspiring books I've ever read. Humankind, faced with overwhelming cataclysm, regroups to fight its way back to civilization. All the way back; no settling for another uncomfortable, time-wasting Dark Age. It is a story with brain and heart--and a lot of both--and I can't figure how it missed that list of the hundred best books of the century.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor
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evastation will sweep across the globe if the newly-discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth.<br><br>For millionaire Tim Hamner, the comet is a ticket to immortality. For filmmaker Harvey Randall, it's a shot to redeem a flagging career. And for astronauts John Baker and Rick Delanty, it's a second chance for glory in outer space.<br><br>But for a world gripped by comet fever, fascination quickly turns to fear. And only those who survive the impact will know the even greater terror, when rich and poor, politicians and killers, turn to each other or against each other--and the remnants of humanity grow savage to battle for what little remains . . .<br><br>Including an all-new introduction by the authors!
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When the comet hits, the Los Angeles Basin is destroyed by a tidal wave and much of the rest of the world is also destroyed. Survivors in the foothill areas of Los Angeles try to escape and it is basically every man for himself. A few make it to Silver Valley, a small valley at the edge of the giant San Joaquin Valley, and regroup at a ranch owned by a California senator.
All of a sudden society reverts to a much earlier stage were daily survival is at a premium. The most important occupations for men are now farmer and warrior, with most of them doing both. While some women help with defense, their main occupations are housewife and mother. No one initially knows if they can survive the coming winter. Meanwhile a gang of black criminals from Los Angeles and a renegade army unit operating in the valley hook up to terrorize the area. The local farmers and the survivors at the ranch team up to oppose them. The future of what's left in California hangs in the balance.
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The story has always been entertaining.