- Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books; 1st edition (1961)
- ASIN: B000H0FQ2K
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,364,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles (Classic Ace SF, D-530) Mass Market Paperback – 1961
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Let's just say I found Mr. R.M. Williams style a bit "raw" compared to other authors.
But at the same time, this book is so great about the story it tells, that it could be rightly considered as a "seminal" paper, who sparkled so many ideas for the future to come.
After finishing, I realized how much has been taken from this book.
The Last of Us, The Walking Dead, Mad Max, 1997 Escape from New York, The Crazies... you name it, it was brilliantly already described in this short story.
A must read for all "apocalypse" stories fans'
"The bombs that hit Los Angeles on that peaceful day unleashed a terror greater than any calculated by man. Far worse than the instantaneous destruction and mass deaths was the sudden appearance of human beings transformed into howling zombies who attacked the survivors unmercifully. Even the terrible fall-out could not account for such barbarism.
Tom Watkins and his crew watched hopelessly as men turned into beasts all around them; desperately they tried to defend their tiny hideaway. But even more puzzling was the fact that escape from the devastated area was under penalty of death. Was it really possible that the onslaught of bombs was sent, not by an enemy nation, but by the government of the United States itself?"
-- Transcribed from The Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles teaser page
THE DAY THEY H-BOMBED LOS ANGELES is a gem by Robert Moore Williams.
Williams wrote a lot of SciFi back in the day. And most of it, alas, as is too often the case with too many wordsmiths, has been forgotten, consigned to the mists of time.
This one deserves better. Since it was penned during the height of the Cold War, when you first see the cover,
with its shocking depiction of L.A. going up in a mushroom cloud, you might think it has to do with a Soviet attack on U.S. soil. But no. It's the U.S. government that drops the bomb on one of its leading cities.
What would merit so drastic an act? Williams comes up with a novel---pardon the pun---rationale, that also happens to be believable. Because if events unfolded in real life as they do in this book, there is no way the government would let the infection spread.
The bomb itself is mere backdrop. Williams focuses on the survivors, those who manage to live through the blast, only to find themselves immersed in a greater horror. Hordes of mutated humans are roaming the streets, killing all the 'normals' they find.
And although the front page blurb describes the creatures as 'zombies', they're not like any zombies you've ever read about. Which makes them doubly terrifying.
It's a short book and a quick read. If you're home alone and want some goose bumps to crawl over your skin,
treat yourself to THE DAY THEY H-BOMBED LOS ANGELES.
Short book. Easy to read. A great story. Enjoy!