Thanks to David Lee Summers for including Strike Three on his blog: http://dlsummers.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/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.
In my post-apocalyptic novel, Strike Three, a few people here and there, who had enough advance warning or foresight, saved some livestock, but would anyone save animals from a zoo?
It’s the last day and the last letter in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. At last!
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.
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)
They’re starting over in a lot of ways in Strike Three…
Will there be a United States of America afterwards in Strike Three? Yes. As long as there are states, we will stick together, work together, and go forward together. Well, that’s the plan.
Most of the planet is a desert now in Strike Three. Are there enough seeds to restore life? And how long could that take? And how long will it take to learn if some of the saved seeds are sterile?
Though the hot virus is long gone–but not forgotten–the radioactive states will be hot for a long time.
What does it sound like when there are no animals, no birds, no insects, no planes in the sky or cars on the road, boats on the water, snowmobiles, … It’s strange and scary. You might think it’s finally peaceful, but it feels so wrong…