Test of Fire

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Dean Sluyter
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Earth has been devastated by a massive solar flare. Now a small group of survivors fights to rebuild civilization.
Cities became ovens, grasslands seas of flame. As the touch of dawn swept westward across the spinning planet, its fiery finger killed everything in its path. Glaciers in Switzerland began to melt; floodwaters poured down on burning Alpine villages. Paris became a torch, then London. North of the Arctic Circle, Laplanders in their summer furs burst into flame as their reindeer collapsed and roasted on the smoking tundra.The line of dawn raced westward across the Atlantic, but as it did, the sun dimmed as quickly as it had flared.The Americas escaped the sun’s wrath … almost.


What the Critics Say

“A hard, dark book, the story of mankind after the fall…Compulsive reading…The battle to rebuild Earth after its almost total destruction by a gigantic solar flare.” (Harry Harrison)


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Customer Reviews

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rather bla.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

plane and mild. but ok and short

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it was ok. not any amazing thing but i got through it all right.

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- josh "sci-fi lover. not a prepper but i dig end of the world stories. I'm a black smith and foundry man by trade. & Zombies Zombies Zombies."

ok story, sub par narrator

the story was good, but the narrator always seemed to put a strange emphasis on the wrong words and made it hard to get comfortable.
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- David Hefley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.