Framing the Dialogue

48 Hours

“He glanced at the sun again, squinting, but it still didn’t look any different. But it was different. Just before going to bed shortly after midnight, they had listened to a BBC broadcast on a battery-powered shortwave radio and heard that another CME had exploded from the sun’s surface, perhaps more powerful than the December 1 incident, and would strike Earth in less than three days. Something was indeed going wrong, and holding Darla close, he felt a vague fear of what was to come.”

Author William Forstchen may be the end-of-days guru.  In 48 Hours, scientists predict a massive flare from the sun will have devastating affects on anything living on Earth’s surface.  The 48 hours is about the amount of time folks have to react and plan and hide.  Will some in society step up to sacrifice to preserve for the future of humankind?  If you’ve read some of his other books, you can guess at the chicanery of some politicians.

“Young lovers rushed to find each other to then embrace passionately and to share that bliss for what might be just one more night. Elderly lovers, some of half a century or more, quietly went to bed, held each other, looked into each other’s eyes and would spend that day and the night to come whispering, laughing, crying, and remembering the blessings of so many years together.

These stories about the end of days can be quite gruesome though that is not this author’s style.  You see the bad, but it’s often balanced by extreme good.  I’d not call this an uplifting novel, but there is much to be gained by reading about some of the sacrifices made.

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