An absorbing and terrifying suspense story which builds up to a sensational and horrifying climax, this may well capture the audience fascinated by Worlds in Collision and On the Beach. The question posed is this: Could a mechanical failure spark a world war? And then it happens. The reader sits in the White House bomb shelter and watches the precision with which events march forward. He listens in on the telephone communication between the President and Khrushchev in an effort to stop retaliation. The finale of the book will startle readers everywhere. Written as fiction, it still carries a sense of authenticity.