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Day of Wrath (Dies Irae) Paperback – August 29, 2014
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''Bill Forstchen is highly respected in the military history community because he is the only one working in the field who understands the operational aspects of war, as well as the tactical and the policy/strategic levels.'' --Dr. Dennis Showalter, former president of the Society for Military History, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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I hate reviewers who are spoilers, and whose reviews read like book reports, so I’ll try not to say too much here....but I feel it is important that every potential reader realizes what this book is about: In "Day Of Wrath", Forstchen takes on the threat of ISIS staging a coordinated attack in and on America.
If you don’t know what ISIS is, then you truly have been living in a dream world these last few months. ISIS makes bin Laden’s team look almost like Sunday school teachers by comparison, as in real life they launch their murderous rampage of executions, beheadings and crucifixions. ISIS is THE number one terrorist organization out there, and since their offensive into Iraq in June, they have been threatening to bring their so called jihad to our shores.
Forstchen in his foreword explains that he wrote this book in direct response to their threats. Again, as in “One Second After’ he captures the horror of a potential disaster by turning it into a personal story about how a family could be impacted and with this book impacted with extreme violence. He presents the nightmare that ISIS targets our public schools and nation’s highways for attack. As a parent, it left me numbed.
A few concluding points. This book is short, about half the length of Forstchen's previous works that I've read. Second, it is obvious that the author is trying to present us with a warning of a very clear and present danger.Read more ›
Fortunately for you it is a book easily finished in a night. The storytelling is tight, the pace is perfect for said-story, and the characters are both believable and sympathetic; I found myself mentally cheering for, mourning over, and getting angry with various characters throughout the book. In my opinion stories told in a crisp yet artistic manner - reasonably priced - are the wave of the future, perfect for the e-reading experience, and the author nailed it here. Taken strictly as a fictional tale it was one of the most satisfying reads I have engaged.
Just one tiny problem with that last sentence: it's not JUST a 'fictional tale.' The scenario laid out here - an ISIS terror attack on the U.S. - is frighteningly possible, even likely given our current state of readiness. When the ineptness (dare I say indifference?) of our civil leaders is combined with ISIS' utter disregard for 'infidel' life - especially 'infidel' children - and our culture of appeasement in the name of 'coexistence,' you get a story which travels to another level. A rather sobering, indeed terrifying level.
With all this noted, I was tempted - oh, so tempted - to deduct a star due to the author's serial grammacide (to understand what I mean, see my review for Forstchen's seminal work, "One Second After"), but I decided not to do so with "Wrath.Read more ›
First, let me state that I am a personal friend of the author's, and remember speaking with him earlier this summer before I had even heard much about ISIS in the mainstream press. It was Bill, the historical scholar that he is, who immediately seized upon the import of this terrifying organization and forwarded me a video created by ISIS, showing them gleefully firing upon innocents on the highway, all choreographed to music and slogans. He told me then that he was taking a digression from all his other projects to focus on this novella, because he felt so strongly that he had to get his message of warning out in the medium that he knows best -- realistic, plausible fiction.
If you're like me, and you're worried about this country's leadership (or lack thereof) and you have loved ones to protect, you owe it to yourself to read this novella as well as _One Second After_ so that you can at least glean basic ideas for disaster preparation from Mr. Forstchen. Consider him a modern-day prophet.
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I have not seen any other versions of this story so I can not compare, but the narration is good and the story is chilling and believable. Highly recommended.Published 7 days ago by Allen W. Mcdonnell
As a school bus driver 11 years now, I got the confirmation I have always suspected.... We are soft targets!! Good book!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mr. Forstchen provides the Cliff Notes length metaphor for today's lamentable societal condition. A must read, sadly.Published 11 days ago by Steve S.
I'll keep this simple and straight forward as other people have already written great reviews on this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
A stark and gruesome example of what terrorism could wreck on our shores. Every American should read this book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by ESMDHokie
A great but scary possibility of the near future! I'm not a fast reader, but finished this in 2 days. DougPublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer