Warday – By Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
Book Report By Vincent
Hey kids! It’s another book report where I indulge in World War III fantatsy! You know, I love all kinds of stories involving a nuclear World War III scenario, but the most “realistic” ones are the ones I enjoy the most. The reason is simple. It could have happened. It’s the one most hellish end of the world scenarios that actually could have happened. Hell, it still could! I think its one reason why people like reading about Nazis. They were the real life equivalent to the Empire in Star Wars, but they actually existed. That’s scarier than anything Clive Barker could imagine (man, what a now out of date reference).
You’d think I’d get bored reading about these types of stories, but the funny thing is is that there’s lots of variations that could occur in such a situation. There’s a full on war where there’s nothing left. The president may live, the, certain cities may make it, the way survivors try to cope could be vastly different (think Road Warrior vs. The Day After).
Warday takes place mostly after a limited nuclear war. What’s limited? Well, major US cities were hit, but there’s till a lot of places that made it (at least as not being bombed). Not all of New York city is destroyed. It’s highly unlikely, but plausable the way it happens in Warday. In fact, there’s only a few major U.S. cities that are hit, including Texas. The fact that Texas got hit and not San Diego kind of bothers me about this novel, but I digress. The war is in fact much more limited that it really stretches believability, because the UK, France, and Japan survived. In an all out war they’d be wiped out with us. The only reason they make it is that they had secret treaties with the U.S.S.R. that said they’d remain neutral in a nuclear exchange.
The unique spin on Warday is that it features the authors Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka in the book. It’s a fictional account of what would happen to them after World War III. After they settle down, more or less, they decide to take a cross country trip to see how the United States is doing. Warday consists of their observations, interviews with lots of different folks they meed in their travels, and government documents relating to the recovery efforts and losses on and since Warday.
I really enjoyed reading about what happened to different parts of the U.S. after Warday, but I found that I was most interested in what people did when the bombs dropped. The best chapter by far was an interview with a British sailor who hunted down subs. You see, the nuclear powered subs carrying nukes would survive a war and they most likely wouldn’t get any instructions or believe that the war was over. The chances of them launching after the war was over are pretty high. That’s some scary shit. It was also kind of interesting to see how the UK and Japan help the U.S. recover in a complete reversal of what happened after World War II. Basically, it makes you think about how the people helping are also occupying the country.
As much as I dug Warday, it grew kind of old toward the end. You can only read so many pretend statistics about fallout and death due to illness. I’d say pick this puppy up if you are interested in these types of scenarios, but if you’re more of a casual reader who would want more of a story this is not for you.