Review: Level 7 - Mordecai Roshwald
Stand Alone or series Stand Alone
Level 7 is the diary of Officer X-127, who is assigned to stand guard at the "Push Buttons," a machine devised to activate the atomic destruction of the enemy, in the country's deepest bomb shelter. Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return.
This book was an interesting read. I must say I didn't felt this good reading this kind of novels for some time. It's a short novel with only 143 pages. I read somewhere that other editions have an introduction and a some thoughts with the author. I've read them online and to me this edition is quite complete. It doesn't need anything else.
Notable Quotes/ Parts
This novel was written 50 years ago where USSR and USA were at each other throats. There was fear that one of them would trigger a button and unleash the end of civilization. Fortunally neither did it. Nowadays the fear is set back and the only fear comes from third world countries with acess to nuclear power like India, Pakistan, North Korea and Iran. China is another country that we must never forget. Russia and USA are now allies in desarmament.