Dies the Fire

Dies the Fire

Book - 2004
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S. M. Stirling presents his first Novel of the Change, the start of the New York Times bestselling postapocalyptic saga set in a world where all technology has been rendered useless.

The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable--and plunged the world into a dark age humanity was unprepared to face...

Michael Pound was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper McKenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest...
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2004.
ISBN: 9780451460417
0451460413
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Stirling S.M. 2004
Characteristics: 483 p. ;,24 cm.

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zrut
Feb 04, 2017

Not a bad start to not a bad series. Dies the Fire is best taken not as a serious book or true "sci-fi" or fiction writing - the more supernatural events are used (at least in this book and the subsequent few sequels) as a way to set up the world, with little to no explanation. The book itself is far more an exploration of how people react to crisis then a consideration of how the crisis comes about. To that end, the characters are varied and generally quite likable. Even the villain comes across as believably human. All in all, it's worth a read.

Rbrightone Apr 10, 2016

I enjoyed this book. Strong characters, fun interactions and some really great descriptions of how to adapt current technology, sans electricity or gunpowder, to a world with new physical laws. I think my biggest issue was the depth to which the characters held to their stereotypes. The wiccans were all in for wicca. The Aussie was like a walking Crocodile Dundee trailer. The special forces guy was the very stereotypical stern disciplined person. The story itself was great, I just found the character development/descriptions distracting rather than enhancing the story.

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john_doh17
Mar 06, 2015

Good story telling. Overall the theme was a bit predictable. Why are history teachers always psychos in these books? I think it would have been better if it had something about who and how the EMP worked and physical laws were suspended. To me without those explanations it flipped over to fantasy rather than sci fi. Maybe this is explained later in the series but I don't have the patience to stick around and find out. This also reminded me of the Horesclans series by Robert Adams.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 21, 2014

What if the laws of physics changed in an instant? Electronics, combustion engines and guns stop working in this novel about the end of our world. It follows the engrossing trials and adventures of two groups of survivors who make it through the first year after technology ends.

dvschmidt Aug 29, 2012

Breah recommendation Aug.2012

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damation
Aug 30, 2011

interesting study of the world suddenly being thrown back to the middle ages. Well thought out and detailed but a bit too violent for me even though it is probably realistic.

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skyness
Jul 06, 2011

Great read, first of a trilogy, followed by The Protector's War, and ends with A Meeting at Corvallis.

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hendrikhols
Apr 17, 2011

Great concept with a nice twist on the post- end of the world theme.

read every novel of the series and I like very much how its ties in with his earlier trilogy "Island in an Ocean of Time"

great reading!

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jac8103
Jan 29, 2010

This is a VERY good book; I thoroughly enjoyed it. Stirling is an extremely vivid storyteller. It's great!!

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KRFordham
May 29, 2007

If Stephen King's "The Stand" is on your "favorite books" list, this one is a must read. Full of characters that you care about and can't help but cheer for.

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