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48 Hours by William R. Forstchen – Book Review

Science Fiction, Apocalyptic

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Book Review

48 Hours

William R. Forstchen

4/5

Science Fiction, Apocalyptic

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48 Hours

William R. Forstchen

4/5

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Synopsis

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun, a “Carrington Event” that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world’s electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off. Will the world’s population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it? William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.

Review

3.5 stars, rounding it up to 4, because why not?

48 Hours is your typical apocalyptic story. You’re following two POVs; one is of the President and those around him, the other of two common folks out in Springfield, MO. A solar flare is about to create an Extension Level Event, and well, you can guess the rest.

The characters are great, and like any apocalyptic story, you’ll explore morality and 48 Hours is not an exception. You see the worst of the worst and the best of us. I think the author did this well, they were believable, and I cried, but what’s new? I’m a weeper. lol

The pacing was okay. It was suspense from the first couple of chapters, continued to build, and everything unfolding was nerve-wracking. You wanted to know more. What will happen to civilization? Will we make it? Then we essentially step into a bible study class, and it dragged and dragged and dragged. I can handle some religion in books, as it’s realistic, but this was a bit too much for me personally. Thankfully it only dragged for a few chapters, and then the end picked up with the situation’s intensity again.

What I love most about apocalyptic books is they make you realize just how insignificant we are. We’re living on a sphere in the middle of a vast empty universe of nothingness and, in this case, a huge fireball that could obliterate us at any moment. It makes all your problems and worries dissipate and shine new light on life.

Anyways, if you want a short, intense, suspenseful read that explores morality and compassion, I’d recommend this one.

Best,

Ashley

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