- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); First Edition edition (October 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399127771
- ISBN-13: 978-0399127779
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trinity's Child: A Novel Hardcover – May 17, 2013
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Trinity's Child is a relative latecomer in this regard. The scenario was a bit hackneyed by the time Prochnau wrote the yarn, but it serves as a time capsule to the almost forgotten fears of the early 1980s when a segment of the US population believed the military buildup of the Reagan years might drive the USSR to indulge in a preemptive nuclear strike. Many authors during those years chose to transmit their concerns to the public by writing plots involving alternatives to MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction).
In Trinity's Child the Soviets choose the unlikely method of a limited nuclear strike against military targets in the US. This attempt to de-escalate the Cold War is accompanied by a message to the President of the US from the Soviet Premier. The Premier explains the motives and offers to accept a similar launch from the US without retaliating. The book is a classic demonstration of how far-fetched the workings of the human mind can wander while motivated by fear.
The Soviet plan soon runs awry when a misguided missile finds its way into the Washington suburbs. Prochnau follows the members of a B-52 crew from Cheyenne Mountain along their route, the presidential succession process through the ranks of politicos down to the Secretary of the Environment and the Strategic Air Command when it loses command and control as a result of magnetic pulses.
The book is an interesting read. The wild-eyed scenario is subdued by the knowledge that all this didn't happen, allowing readers to enjoy the aspersions cast on politicians and the interactions of a bomber crew torn by personal loss and self-doubt.
I'd give this one a recommendation limited to readers who've enjoyed similar books
So, even though this is a great representation of the fears of my teenage years, it's as dated as a mullet cut.
The characters are shallow stereotypes.
The portrayl of the B-52 crew was comical. The constant references to "PRP" and "Are you EWO ready?" are ridiculous. The ability of the crew to see fighters on their navigation radar as well as nuclear clouds was also entertaining, though far from reality.
If you can set aside the poor research and the character stereotypes, the book is a good story that moves along. My expiernce in the B-52 made the book's flaws difficult to miss.
The book gets points off for an almost silly excuse for starting the war (although I'll certainly grant it's plausible, just seemingly very far-fetched from a 2002 perspective).
Otherwise, a very exciting read.