A moment-by-moment account of the events that immediately preceded and followed the devastating explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl describes what has happened to the survivors and the neighboring countryside since the disaster. 40,000 first printing.
Piers Paul Read
Used Book in Good Condition
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Boring, not enough focus on the cause of the event.
`Ablaze' (1993) is a good overview of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986. The book is designed for the general reader; those looking for more in-depth technical content may want to instead turn to Zhores Medvedev's `The Legacy of Chernobyl' (1992), or Grigori Medvedev's `The Truth About Chernobyl' (1991).
Piers Paul Reid is an experienced author of both fiction and non fiction (`Alive', about the Andes plane crash survivors, is probably his best -known work), and his writing is, on the whole, clear and easy to follow. Reid is conscious of the fact that an audience of English-speaking readers will probably not be unduly familiar with the spelling of Slavic names, so he provides a listing of the main characters at the beginning of the book; this is most helpful, since there is a large cast of characters in `Ablaze'.
The book's inside front and back covers provide insightful diagrams of reactor No. 4, and the Chernobyl installation as a whole; these...
The Devil himself was manifested in the hellish heat and fire of the exposed core of reactor number four at the V.I. Lenin PowerStation in Pripyat, outside of Chernobyl, in the USSR. Soundsgrotesque, but intriguing, right? Piers Paul Read's novel, Ablaze, presents the horror "story of the heroes and victims of [the] Chernobyl [nuclear accident]." in a daunting, yet scientifically credible way. In the introduction of the book, Piers Paul Read, presents the information regarding the disaster in Pripyat. Read writes in a straight forward manner that promotes a trust between the reader and author. During his introduction, Read clearly outlines his thesis and how he is going to present information. He tells you from that beginning that he does not know extensively about nuclear physics, reactor construction, or about the operation of a nuclear power plant. His lack of experience paired with the average reader's same lack, makes a perfect match. For the...
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