“This is a book that I did not want to write.”
These are the very first words that author William R. Forstchen uses in the Forward of his 2014 novella “Day of Wrath.” Needless to say, if after seeing that line readers are not prepared for a brutal, and brutally honest, accounting of what may well be in our nation’s future then shame on them.
The timing of this review is two-fold. Despite being three years old, I only discovered this book in the last few months (mostly because I was searching for books that didn’t involve a full-on EMP attack). Secondly, we are witnessing the aftermath of a ruthless attack by Islamic terrorists in England focused on children and primarily their mothers, aunts, sisters, etc.
Needless to say, it is time to take this book and see it for what it is – an accomplished military historian’s accounting of the kind of horrors groups like ISIS want to import to the United States and inflict on our friends and family.
For those who know Forstchen’s previous work, his most successful piece of fiction “One Second After” dramatically exposed our nation to the possibility and aftermath of a massive EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack, and caught the attention of Congress. As a result, most level-headed people believe that book should be read by every politician, Homeland Security official and utility executive.
Just so, “Day of Wrath” does the same, in horrifying detail, of the potential for ISIS attacks here. When I discussed this book with a good friend who knows the military, law enforcement and education worlds, he suggested that every law enforcement officer and employee of the education system should read this book. I agree 100 percent.
Forstchen makes it clear that he believes Americans are threatened on two very obvious and scary fronts: the bloodlust of ISIS and the lack of border security along the U.S./Mexican border. He believes the reign of terror by ISIS, and the barbaric tactics they employ, “makes Hitler’s and Stalin’s followers look like amateurs.”
When a bloodlusting regime is openly declaring that they will take their murdering rampage into the heartland of America, combined with the fact that our border security is in taters, it is time to take notice. And any political leader that says our borders are secure is either a liar or senile.
Osama Bin Laden made clear his intentions for us long before 9/11. Hitler made clear his intentions to all whom he declared were racial inferiors. The list of warnings from such hideous murderers goes back to the first pages of recorded history. Those who did not listen to such warnings eventually learned of their folly. Are we doing the same today?
In addition to the upfront threat from terrorists, Forstchen also wants his readers to understand that with every action there is a reaction. And in the case of the stated longterm goals promoted by many American politicians, the political reaction to a truly massive, widespread, coordinated attack could change the face of this nation we love.
There is a subtext within these pages that transcends ISIS. Recall the words of a politician that declared any crisis presents political opportunity as well. You can accept my concern about ISIS alone, or with this other concern, at least in what is still a free republic. That is something for you to decide.
The story is fairly simple. “Day of Wrath” lays out the events that take place when ISIS carries out massacres in schools and on highways across the U.S.
The protagonist, Bob Petersen, is a middle school teacher and father of a little girl. Like most people, he watches the news and sees the evil ISIS unleashes on parts of the world never thinking it could happen in his town. But then his school is attacked. What the terrorists do, and how Peterson responds, will send chills down the spines of many readers.
That a horrific attack on one school is chilling enough. But in “Day of Wrath” the terrorist rampage takes place in towns across the country, with live “wall-to-wall” coverage by television news stations for all to see.
The simplicity of the killer’s plans, and how America’s very own social and media infrastructure is used against us to create panic and paralysis is eye opening. This is not rocket science. Combined with the kind of ruthlessness ISIS demonstrated in England this week, we must wake up to the fact that without significant changes to how our systems operate, we will witness this kind evil in our hometowns.
More Manchesters, more Nice’s, more San Bernardino’s, more Knoxville’s, and probably with even more ruthless brutality.
Like all of Forstchen’s books, he aptly digs into the emotions of his characters while navigating the complexities that make up how we respond when terrifying events overtake the mundane existence of everyday life. Readers will feel the pain and suffering and confusion. Characters they come to love and loath will be like those they see everyday in the real world.
Forstchen is a very good writer and this novella again puts his talents on display in the tightly wound story.
“Day of Wrath” is available on Amazon for $3.99 on Kindle, $6.99 in paperback and $9.95 on Audible, and wherever e-books are sold.
Paratus Business News highly recommends this book.
(Editor’s Note: Paratus Business News does not have an affiliate arrangement with Amazon. In other words, this review is of our own making and we have no financial arrangement or incentive to promote it.)