What are you reading right now?

So, a couple of books showed up today in a Prime delivery van. 

The first is BLACK TUESDAY OVER NAMSI written by Earl J. McGill. This is the story of B-29’s flying out of Japan and meeting Mig-15’s for the first time. Its an odd chunk of history I’m really looking forward to understanding. More about this book after I finish wading through..

The second book is the main reason for this post. Its my latest dive into “alternate history” and I’m still on the fence. 

THE GREAT NUCLEAR WAR OF 1975 by William Stroock tells the story of a three day war between the US and the Soviet Union. Well, it tries to which is why I’m not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series (Yes, its book 1 in a series).

Stroock uses the keystones of the Alternate History genre to mostly deliver a hot mess. Part of this I can understand, its a post-nuclear war world and there aren’t many people to tell the story. Things are mostly confused as the new President (Nelson Rockefeller) tries to keep the government and nation running from a high school in Wyoming. Stroock makes some tactical errors, its as if he wrote down the names of famous people and events from the 1970’s and 1980’s on cards and threw them into a hat, to be retrieved at random. Plot lines (and there are a ton of them) pop up at random and go no where. The famous names tend to stick to their foibles from the 1980’s, no one has a moment of catharsis and rises (or falls) to the new challenges. 

AI Bot running SUBSIM, what could go wrong?!