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5 star review for Strike Three!

Review by Michael McManus – 5 stars
Reviewed By Michael McManus for Readers’ Favorite

In her novel, Strike Three, Joy V. Smith introduces us to the aftermath of World War III, a short battle that claimed the lives of the majority of the Earth’s population. The survivors of the war that turned the planet brown, those who went underground well prepared, and those who survived in spite of poor planning, returned to find the world outside their caves, fallout shelters, missile silos and communication bunkers completely barren. Nothing had survived a “hot virus” that had been unleashed onto the world by an unknown enemy. Some places were obliterated by nuclear bombs, but the most severe devastation took place in the plant and animal worlds. Even the insects perished. Sheridan and Lea Zane emerged into the new world ready to organize a recovery of the planet, or at least their corner of it. They had plants and wildlife enough for their own survival, but they reached out to other survivors as they returned to the surface and began to reestablish their homes and farms. Soon, the development of a trade route brought hope to the many settlements that formed; hope that the nation and, indeed, the planet could be saved.

This story grabbed me from the start and would not let go. I read it in three sittings. Along with the plot moving at lightning speed, the characters are real and interesting in the way they react to the situation they have inherited. For the science freak, there is enough detail about the devastation and recovery to keep you going. There is also adventure, a bit of action and even politics. I happily recommend this book to a general audience.

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Strike Three: The letter Y

Y is for Yahoo and yclept

Neither of these two words has much to do with Strike Three, but they’re good words to know: Yahoo is fromGulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and refers to humans who are coarse, unrefined, crudely materialistic, etc.  It isn’t used much today, which would explain why I saw it misspelled the other day. Yclept is a word I’ve always liked–and I’m sorry I didn’t use it in Velvet of Swords, where it would have fit one of the Terran groups who colonized the planet.  It comes from ME<OE [Middle English<Old English] and means called or named.

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Strike Three: The letter X

X is for Xenophobia

Not a lot of X words out there, but xenophobia is a word to be aware of, lest we suffer from it.  It means: “fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange.”  (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

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Strike Three: The letter V

V is for Victory

But how can there be a victory when everybody loses?

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Strike Three: The letter T

T is for Taxes

If we proceed with a new government, will there be taxes?  And what will the old govenment do, should it ever turn up?

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Strike Three: The letter R

R is for Radioactive

Though the hot virus is long gone–but not forgotten–the radioactive states will be hot for a long time.

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Strike Three: The letter P

P is for Planet

Is life on Earth doomed in Strike Three or does life indeed find a way?

Note: I just looked up planet in the dictionary and saw that there were nine planets when this edition was published…

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Strike Three: The letter J

J is for Justice

When there is no longer any support for a community’s infrastructure of any kind, what is to prevent anarchy?  Who will take a stand for justice?

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Strike Three: The letter H

H is for History

We’re going to have to write new history books.  When and where do we start?  Should we start a new calendar?  Has anyone been keeping track of anything?

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Strike Three: The letter G

G is for Government

What happened to the current government (heh, heh, heh)?  Will anyone step in to start pulling the fragments of the country together?  What about a new capital?  And what will happen if people try to take over?

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