The Unit

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The Unit

The Unit

In a world gone mad, one ordinary, suburban family must find a way to survive. But each member of the Sharpe family must struggle in their own way.The father: is a former marine and, for him, survival means protecting his family by any means necessary.The mother: is learning just how much she will sacrifice for her children.The daughter: was going to go to college. Now, her only hope is to hold on to what's right.The son: is discovering a brave new world - a world with only one choice to make: kill or be killed.When survival is on the line, what wouldn't you do for your family?From Publishers WeeklyDrawing on his background in military operations and disaster preparedness, DeHart makes the details of his postapocalyptic debut ring true. An atomic attack on California leaves the Sharpe family stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the onset of nuclear winter. As they endure starvation, radioactive snowstorms, and pursuit by murderous juvenile delinquents, the Sharpes develop compelling voices and stories. Jerry, a former Marine, just wants to get his loved ones safely home to Sacramento. Jerry's nurturing wife, Susan, maintains a determined belief in God's goodness. Teen Melinda tries to be a pacifist, while her younger brother, Scott, wreaks righteous vengeance against the human predators around them. Even the leader of the marauding gang comes across as a disturbingly real individual. It all adds up to a striking picture of human vulnerability and strength.Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistDeHart?s latest, set in a recently destroyed world, is a bleak postapocalyptic story in which a family of four learn just how far they must go in order to survive. Dad Jerry Sharpe is an ex-marine who is determined to survive; his wife, Susan, is a dedicated mother, even if she isn?t convinced that her future lies with Jerry; Melanie is their 18-year-old peacenik vegetarian daughter; and Scott is their 17-year-old son, who sometimes thinks that the end of the world is the best thing that ever happened to him. Violence abounds in a world where every human decency is suspect, and while each individual remembers moments of kindness and cooperation, the memory never lasts long. The four of them undergo terrible trials as the winter moves in and the nuclear ash is driven from the sky by snowstorms. Survival is a chancy thing, but it is possible with a good deal of luck and ruthlessness. While the characterization sometimes seems to fall back on simplistic formulas, the speed of the plot and the nail-biting horror of a world destroyed by a nuclear exchange keep the story going and the reader interested. --Regina SchroederAbout the AuthorTerry DeHart is a former U.S. Marine and NASA security analyst. Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His short stories have appeared in theBarcelona Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Night Train Magazine, In Posse Review/Web del Sol, Paumanok Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Vestal Review, andOpium, among others. Terry lives with his wife and daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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AuthorDeHart, Terry
Publication Year14-07-2010

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