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Here is a thriller that not only has no dull moment but is also prophetic in a particularly eerie way. The writers-Janet Morris and Christopher Crosby Morris-wrote this back in 1984 (a year that to me signifies a projection into the future, because of the dystopian novel by English author George Orwell, which was published about forty years before.) In the not too far past in history, we had the Hundred Years War; then the Six Day War; and now a war is fought within Forty Minutes. Here, the writers bring us right into the cockpit of a plane as a takeover is underway, a takeover that in many ways, seems to project into the events of 9/11.
Tim Welch, the versatile narrator chosen for this project, has two dozen titles for sale in a number of different genres on Audible. Being a public speaking professor at the State University of New York speaks to the depth of his experience. He breathes life into each one of the characters in this suspenseful Political-military context. I felt as if I am standing right behind the group of Arab terrorists, tongue-tied, praying for my life and for the survival of everyone onboard, wishing the pilots may prevail, somehow, and outsmart the Arab terrorists and prevent calamity. The action, and the complex contrasts between cowardice, heroism, overcoming fear, and a willingness to sacrifice for saving others. All these emotions come alive through Tim’s interpretation. He does the story justice.
I received the audiobook edition as a gift, in exchange for an honest review.
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"The Forty-Minute War" gives a amazing description of what could possibly happen in the event of a Nuclear battle. The story gives viewpoints on both ends of the spectrum. Briefly mentioned in the beginning of the book, Janet and Chris Morris do an amazing job at describing what is going through the Arab terrorists heads before the Nuclear detonation above the Whitehouse, rather than looking at the group as a lifeless enemy. They do this as well as giving the general American perspective which is widespread panic as expected.
This book differs greatly from other war novels that I have read. One that comes to mind is "All Quiet on the Western Front". This book takes course over the entirety of WWI as opposed to the 40-minute war taking place in modern times. The book does a great job at
showing what a crisis in such a small period of time can amount to.
To top it all off the Narrator of this audiobook, Tim Welch, does a wonderful job with putting emotion into every word that he utters, making the experience of the story that much more vivid. He explains the mood and the setting of the events expertly, taking the details and piecing them together in one great big picture, making the listeners interpretation much more enjoyable.
The Audiobook is just short of 7 1/2 hours, making it a little lengthy for some to listen to in one sitting. Given the right circumstances, this would be great for a day off or a long plane ride.
All in all, I recommend this book to anyone interested in modern time, or any time for that matter, war novels. It does a great job at piecing together what could possibly happen. An amazing job on everyone's part.
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THE FORTY-MINUTE WAR
THE FORTY-MINUTE WAR is an exceptionally well created book and shows the effects of a nuclear blast on Washington. The treachery and reality of life is about to hit home for readers in this brilliantly crafted story from Morris.
An awakening... THE FORTY-MINUTE WAR!