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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Whitley Strieber Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400181575
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What would we do if a nuclear weapon were detonated in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. government suddenly disappeared? What would we do if a terrorist organization announced that it had concealed nuclear weapons in every major Western city and then demanded that the entire planet embrace its twisted brand of Muslim fundamentalism? In Critical Mass, Whitley Strieber explores this unthinkable but real possibility in a furious story that is almost too terrifying to tell. Nuclear interdiction expert James Deutsch and his Muslim wife, Nabila, struggle to stop an impending nuclear attack on a great American city. Along the way, they delve deep into the hidden world of nuclear terrorism and the experts who strive to contain it, and get a compelling look at the titanic battle within Islam over its own future-fundamentalist and rejecting, or compassionate and life-embracing. Like Strieber's classics Warday and The Coming Global Superstorm, Critical Mass is torn straight from the dark pages of a very dangerous and very possible future. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whitley Strieber’s Critical Mass is one hell of a book—a frighteningly plausible conspiracy-thriller that is so real it sometimes feels like an exposé. Nuclear killers; lovers on the run; all-knowing, omnipresent listening and seeing devices—Critical Mass conjures up a world that is terrifying in its technological plausibility—if not probability.”

    Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy

  • “Nothing less than a certifiable page-turner. As I was reading it, I kept seeing the story unfolding on the big screen, just like The Day after Tomorrow. The threat of a nuclear strike against the US is very real and very chilling, as are the kinds of people Strieber has conjured up in this really exciting yarn.”

    David Hagberg, USA Today bestselling author of Dance with the Dragon

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 9/23/2013

    " Page turner featuring lovingly detailed nuclear explosions, quick read, good conspiracy theory. 1) nations do not have plans for decapitation. 2) Fundamental extremists are nuts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Pittman | 9/20/2013

    " Nuclear bombs, terrorist, CIA, politicians, what more could you ask for in an exciting novel. Whitley Strieber has wrote a winner with this suspenseful novel that is on target with events that could happen in our world today. One of those books that once I started, it was hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 9/8/2013

    " This is a high paced, adventurous book. I realy enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 7/6/2013

    " One of the scariest book I've ever read...gave me nightmares!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 2/11/2013

    " This was an amazing tale that we all hope will never happen. Very scary. This was the second book I have read from this artist. Great storyteller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 10/12/2012

    " Excellent page-turner thriller, filled with conspiracy, nuclear threat and exploding bombs. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie Skarning | 9/28/2012

    " Terrifying premise. The fact that something like this might actually happen was very unsettling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 9/11/2012

    " This has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time! I couldn't put it down. He just makes it so real-world, that you are scared it could happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 6/24/2012

    " Didn't seem realistic, characters underdeveloped - great idea for a plot, but it just didn't flow together properly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 5/15/2012

    " This is a political thriller about nuclear terrorism which, while fast paced and scary in premise, didn't really capture my attention. I didn't find it very believable and sure hope I don't live to eat those words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned Frederick | 11/19/2011

    " A non-stop thriller about an elaborate plot by Islamic radicals and others (conspiracy fans pay heed) to nuke the West into rolling over and submitting to Sharia Law. Well done, from the breathless school of thriller writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/2/2011

    " A really good modern day terrorist thriller. A very realistic situation, kind of scary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 6/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The author laid out a totally plausible scenario of world events leading up to and including a nuclear event. This is the only book I've read by this author, but it was a good read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/27/2011

    " Sufficiently frightening to keep me up all night reading. It's Dan Brown without the supernatural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Leon | 1/1/2011

    " All I can say is I was on the edge of my seat on every page. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 5/25/2010

    " This was an amazing tale that we all hope will never happen. Very scary. This was the second book I have read from this artist. Great storyteller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 5/16/2010

    " Page turner featuring lovingly detailed nuclear explosions, quick read, good conspiracy theory. 1) nations do not have plans for decapitation. 2) Fundamental extremists are nuts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy | 6/5/2009

    " This is a political thriller about nuclear terrorism which, while fast paced and scary in premise, didn't really capture my attention. I didn't find it very believable and sure hope I don't live to eat those words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/1/2009

    " One of the scariest book I've ever read...gave me nightmares!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 3/24/2009

    " This is a high paced, adventurous book. I realy enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/12/2009

    " A really good modern day terrorist thriller. A very realistic situation, kind of scary "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 3/4/2009

    " Excellent page-turner thriller, filled with conspiracy, nuclear threat and exploding bombs. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned | 2/26/2009

    " A non-stop thriller about an elaborate plot by Islamic radicals and others (conspiracy fans pay heed) to nuke the West into rolling over and submitting to Sharia Law. Well done, from the breathless school of thriller writing. "

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About the Author
Author Whitley Strieber

Whitley Strieber is the author of more than twenty-five novels and works of nonfiction, including The Wolfen, The Hunger, Communion, The Grays, and The Coming Global Superstorm (with Art Bell), which was the inspiration for the film The Day after Tomorrow. His website, Unknown Country, which explores the edge of science and reality, is the largest of its kind in the world.

About the Narrator

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Hkis audiobook narrations have garnered nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious Audie Awards for Best Narration, besides being a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012 and 2015. Between narrations, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.