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I saw the film first, and kept ex­pect­ing a happy end­ing! Well, I was un­der ten! I was amazed to read the book to find out what they had cut out. The hu­man­ity and de­cent­ness of all the char­ac­ters prob­a­bly would not be ac­cepted to­day. It was truly an apoc­a­lyp­tic sce­nario, and I hope the world lead­ers may have read it and been shocked into see­ing sense. Bob Pierce

I read this at the age of 12 and it has stayed with me. Read it again a few months back and it’s lost none of its power. If you want a tale of cause and ef­fect and a no- win sce­nario then this is the harsh end. Greg Crisp

Great read, thought pro­vok­ing. Of­ten won­dered how I’d re­act in that sit­u­a­tion. The grim in­evitabil­ity is quite sad too. John Mur­ray

Ab­so­lutely com­pelling book from the Cold War era. Well writ­ten, but to­tally bleak and heart­break­ing. Shane Rees

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