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''A thrilling - and terrifying - tale of what could be our next 9/11!'' --W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

''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.

About the Author

William R. Forstchen has a PhD from Purdue University with specializations in military history and the history of technology. A faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, he has authored over forty books, including the award-winning young adult novel We Look like Men of War. Forstchen coauthored the New York Times bestselling Gettysburg and has written numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter and their dogs.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dies Irae
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (August 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625781547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625781543
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forstchen has hit it out of the park with “Day of Wrath”. I thought that “One Second After” was a frightening book....but.this story strikes far deeper and more viscerally because it has such potential to happen now....today.

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.
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Please read this book. It may save your life. The author has painted a horrific scenario plucked from the pages of tomorrow's news--an ISIS attack on American soil. I am grateful for one person at least with the courage to point out our weaknesses and the folly of pretending that the world is as we would like it to be. The truth is, we are predictable, soft on our enemies, and sitting ducks for a well orchestrated series of attacks. The author moves skillfully from the viewpoint of the protagonist who is under attack to the viewpoint of the attackers and places the motivations of ISIS terrorists on the table for us to look at without a shred of false sentimentality. Instead he focuses on the remorselessness of an enemy who believes that he can step to heaven on the bodies of children and the murders of those who are not like him. I applaud Mr. Forstchen for his courage in presenting his information to people who will probably not hear. Some may complain about the novella length, but I for one could not have endured the intensity of the book one moment longer. I warn you. It is not a pleasant book and its implications even more unpleasant. But the scenes played out in the book have already played elsewhere. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Please read this and wake up before it is too late.
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This is definitely one worth putting on your cyber-self. It's not often I get to say this, especially with works in this genre, but before you start reading "Day of Wrath" make sure you have a few hours to kill. Seriously - once begun it is unlikely you will stop until you see the words, 'The End;' it is that good.

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.
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I literally picked this book up and could not stop reading it until I was done.

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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