Something has gone wrong. A group of American bombers armed with nuclear weapons is streaking past the fail-safe point, beyond recall, and no one knows why. Their destination - Moscow.
In a bomb shelter beneath the White House, the calm young president turns to his Russian translator and says, "I think we are ready to talk to Premier Kruschchev." Not far away, in the War Room at the Pentagon, the secretary of defense and his aides watch with growing anxiety as the luminous blips crawl across a huge screen map. High over the Bering Strait in a large Vindicator bomber, a colonel stares in disbelief at the attack code number on his fail-safe box and wonders if it could possibly be a mistake.
First published in 1962, when America was still reeling from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fail-Safe reflects the apocalyptic attitude that pervaded society during the height of the Cold War, when disaster could have struck at any moment. As more countries develop nuclear capabilities and the potential for new enemies lurks on the horizon, Fail-Safe and its powerful issues continue to be relevant.
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This 1962 novel is one of the best suspense...
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"
Fail Safe Audio Book Good For The Drive!
Kevin Kraft took what was an extremely dry topic and infused enthusiasm into the audio presentation.
I was surprised at what the president of the United States did after the unintentional act perpetrated upon Russia.
The ending was my favorite part - really unexpected.
No - I think the subject matter may be too dated to be appealing to a contemporary audience.
The narrator did a very good job presenting the different characters. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by Mr. Kraft.