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Deadly City

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Author: Paul W. Fairman (Ivar Jorgensen)
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,882 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,917
Added to site: 2010.06.06 28055

You're all alone in a deserted city. You walk down an empty street, yearning for the sight of one living face—one moving figure. Then you see a man on a corner and you know your terror has only begun.

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e would go in order to assert their wills over brilliant people.

The young man lay in the weeds and dozed off, his mind occupied with the pleasant memory of the tire iron settling into the skull of the chauffeur.

After a while he awoke and heard the cars of the last vanguard passing down the road. They stopped, inspected the Cadillac and found it serviceable. They took it with them, but they did not search the weeds along the road.

When they had disappeared toward the west, the young man came back to the road and began walking east, in toward the city.

Complete destruction in two days?


The young man smiled.

* * * * *

The girl was afraid. For hours she had walked the streets of the empty city and the fear, strengthened by weariness, was now mounting toward terror. "One face," she whispered. "Just one person coming out of a house or walking across the street. That's all I ask. Somebody to tell me what this is all about. If I can find one pers

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

Couldn't get past the extremely foul language - gave up on the story early on. Not the greatest writing in the world, either.

Sardo Weems

Five people wake up in Chicago and find the city has been evacuated while they slept. It takes them a while to discover what happened and why, though it ends up not mattering much.

All five people are distinct characters, compelled to act from their mental make-ups and past histories. The author did a good job of telling a convincing story.

Four and a half stars.



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