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The End of October: A novel Kindle Edition
—The Wall Street Journal
“A fast-paced thriller with big, sweeping, made-for-the-adapted-screenplay action sequences. . . . The End of October is the perfect novel for a long airplane flight or a beach chair.”
“A maniacal page-turner. . . . It read[s] as if it’s been shot out of a cannon.”
—The New York Times
“[Wright] applies the magisterial force of his reporting skills into spinning a novel of pestilence, war, and social collapse that, given the current pandemic, cuts exceedingly close to the bone. . . . Chilling.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“[The End of October] imagines a global pandemic in which an unfamiliar virus works its way around the world, leaving economic meltdown, conspiracy theories, and mass death in its wake. . . . The propulsive plot is counterweighted with rigorous, gracefully presented context on the history and behavior of diseases.”
“A deeply researched scenario-play of a novel told in brisk, unsparing prose. . . . There’s a compulsive thrill to reading a book which grazes, and then runs off with, our increasingly ungraspable reality.”
“Some works of fiction seem ripped from the headlines. Others anticipate the news, providing a prophetic vision of our future. Lawrence Wright's new novel, The End of October, belongs in the rare second category.”
“What makes The End of October compelling to read right now is that Wright researched the hell out of what kind of infrastructure the US would need to survive a pandemic. He concluded that we did not have it. And then he drew on his formidable knowledge of domestic and international politics to imagine what would ensue. . . . Wright is undoubtedly a gifted reporter and observer of the world.”
“Harrowing. . . . Wright is excellent at gracefully working the science of viruses into the narrative. . . . The second half is almost pure action—pure, heart-stopping action. . . . This book will wake you up, and keep you awake.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“As captivating as it is disorienting. . . . Even taken as speculative fiction, the author approaches his subject with gravity befitting the stakes. . . . Throughout, Wright keeps the various threads pulled taut—medicine, military matters, international intrigue, economics.”
—The Texas Observer
“A thriller for our times. . . . Like all good thrillers, The End of October diverts us from the real world while keeping a firm base there, letting us imagine not only disaster but the ways out of it.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“[A] multifaceted thriller . . . Wright pulls few punches and imbues even walk-on characters with enough humanity that their fate will matter to readers. This timely literary page-turner shows Wright is on a par with the best writers in the genre.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B07WKJSP4J
- Publisher : Vintage (April 28, 2020)
- Publication date : April 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3342 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 401 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0525658653
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,822 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First I'll be on record that I DNFd this book. I tried to push through but it was a bit too much for me. Being house bound in a pandemic at the moment I'd rather spend my time reading books that I enjoy. Rather than reading one that offends me any time it deals with Muslims. Which is a lot.
Stereotypes abound in this book. Women who cover are radicals, not that their behavior warrants that label just thr cloth on her head. Saudis insult non muslim colleagues by referring to them as infidel so flippantly. It's an unfortunate dialogue in media that presents Muslim characters. Its tiring and not worthy of my time.
Did the author have a good premise ? Sure it was interesting and could have went somewhere. Even if I ignored all the slights against muslims, the pacing was weird. There was unneeded medical banter that added nothing to the story, in fact it just slowed the pace down and was boring. But again I couldn't get through it.
Read it if you dare. Or, if you don't want to be afraid for the future of humanity, you might want to wait to read this until about 2022... assuming we make it that far.
Top reviews from other countries
Nation blaming each other because on demagogue
leaders and gagged national mass media lead to
near annihilation of our beautiful blue planet.
The medical information and clinical analysis were of
top class which shines a strong light on our present
Well worth the money makes thinking and take
positive action to stay safe and healthy.