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Resurrection day
DuBois, Brendan.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.
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389 pages ; 24 cm
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In 1972, ten years after a nuclear war decimated both the United States and Soviet Union, Carl Landry, a young reporter, searches for the killer of a veteran of the 1962 war and begins to suspect that the victim may have held the key to a terrifying conspiracy.

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Brendan DuBois, Brendan DuBois is a former newspaper reporter who has taken to writing thrilling military/mystery novels. His first novel, entitled "Dead Sand," was published in 1994, followed by the sequel, "Black Tide," in 95 and "Shattered Shell" in 1999. DuBois has had almost 40 short stories included in various magazines including, "Playboy," "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine" and "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine."

In 1995, DuBois' short story "The Necessary Brother" won the Shamus Award for Best Short Story of the Year from the Private Eye Writers of America. His short stories have been nominated three times for the Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writer's of America. In 1997, one of his short stories was nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Mystery Short Story of the Year. His stories have appeared in five editions of "The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories," two editions of "The Year's 25 Best Mystery Short Stories" and the 1997 edition of "Best American Mystery Stories." His latest book "Resurrection Day" received the Sidewise Award for best alternative history novel of 1999.

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Booklist Review

The problem with a lot of historical fiction--especially novels like this one set in an "alternate history" --is that characters tell each other things they should already know because the writers can't figure out less-obvious ways to get important information to the reader. DuBois has neatly solved that and many other problems typical of the genre in this excellent thriller. It's set in an alternate 1972, 10 years after the Cuban missile crisis erupted into a full-blown war that destroyed much of the U.S. and the Soviet Union--killing President Kennedy and Vice-president Johnson, causing massive and long-term power and food shortages, and forcing the U.S. to rely on British and Canadian aid for its very survival. At the center of the action is Carl Landry, a Boston Globe reporter whose investigation of an apparently unremarkable homicide lands him hip-deep in a conspiracy of almost unimaginably large proportions. Like the best alternate-history fiction (Robert Harris' Fatherland or the novels of Harry Turtledove), DuBois' tale is a feast for the mind, a what-if story that's so plausible it reads, at times, like nonfiction. In every way, this is a first-rate novel and one that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

In his first novel outside of his acclaimed Lewis Cole mystery series (Shattered Sand, Forecasts, Feb. 15, etc.), DuBois delivers an alternate-history thriller that deserves to be as popular as Robert Harris's Fatherland. DuBois postulates an America that has been politically devastated by a nuclear exchange arising from the Cuban missile crisis. It's now 1972. Washington, D.C., is a radioactive crater; Nelson Rockefeller is running for president against George McGovern; and Boston Globe reporter Carl Landry is investigating the shooting death of a 60-year-old retired serviceman. Warned off the story after it gets spiked by the military's in-house censor, and emboldened by Sandra Price, a beautiful reporter from the London Times, Landry keeps digging at Swenson's past. What he uncovers is the truth behind the rumors of what really happened in the White House as the missile crisis spun out of controlÄand evidence of an unholy alliance that is poised to reverse the course of American history. From cryptic references to post-bomb chaos in California to clever reworkings of '60s history (e.g., antidraft demonstrators chanting, "Hell, no, we won't glow!"), DuBois creates a sobering and imaginatively detailed vision of an America that has been crippled by tragedyÄa nation where John F. Kennedy was not the King Arthur of Camelot but its Mordred, the man who brought down everything. One of DuBois's many brilliant touches is an underground of diehard Kennedy supporters who scrawl the graffiti "He Lives" on every available surface, because they believe that JFK was not only innocent, but is still alive and broadcasting from a pirate radio station. Cohesively plotted and smoothly written, steadily exciting and rife with clever conceits, this is what-if thriller fiction at its finest. Foreign rights sold in the U.K., Germany and Holland. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

YA-A creative plot based on a fascinating premise. Imagine that the Bay of Pigs standoff had resulted in a Third World War. The USA and the USSR opened fired on one another with nuclear-armed warhead missiles. History, as we know it, is totally different. It is 10 years after the war, and the U.S., now a minor player in world affairs, is still struggling to pull itself together. The country remains under martial law, with the rights guaranteed in the Constitution a bitter joke to those faced with an enforced draft and censorship of all written material. When Carl Landry, newspaper reporter and veteran, investigates an old man's death, the military censor orders that he drop the story, but Carl continues to probe his sources. One by one, they mysteriously disappear. Full of twists and turns, this compelling novel grips readers from page one, picks up speed around the middle, and does not let go until the final page. Technology, world leaders, famous people, powers, and "rights" that are very much taken for granted are mentioned in passing, causing readers to stop and think about how the slightest change in history could unalterably affect the future.-Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.