THE LAST CLAP OF THUNDER

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As a crew of international astronauts are inbound to Mars in 2003, they observe on a digital monitor aboard their spaceship the earth begin to glow, as shortly they learn a massive nuclear war has
erupted, and they have lost communication with Ground Control. They are traumatized, disheartened, for they are members of the nations at war. Considering to continue the mission abbreviated using
onboard computers solely, or to the full extent, they decide on the shorter version. Returning home, one of them a murderer of a fellow crewman, they set about to survive in a world almost as
hostile as the Red Planet they visited, and found microbial life. They are confronted by hostility never imagined, and coexist until the day arrives all is lost, and mankind has reached the end of
his rope.

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Forward

Submitted: May 22, 2018

THE LAST CLAP OF THUNDER A Novel By: VIRGIL DUBE’ *  *  * As surely as a rag soaked with gasoline and to... Read Chapter

THE SEND OFF

Submitted: May 22, 2018

PART 1 AWAKENING *  *  * CHAPTER 1 THE SEND OFF   Cape Canaveral, Florida – Early Morning, ... Read Chapter

DAWN BEFORE THE STORM - JEFF'S DREAM WINDOW INTO MAN'[S PAST

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CHAPTER 2 DAWN BEFORE THE STORM - JEFF’S DREAM WINDOW INTO MAN’S PAST   Three weeks after Mrs. Melcher retu... Read Chapter

THE FOSSIL, MARS, AND THE TRUMPET

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CHAPTER 3 THE FOSSIL, MARS, AND THE TRUMPET Johannesburg, South Africa, Miller-Davis Lime Quarry - January 19, 1924 Hot ... Read Chapter

THE SIBERIAN SUPERMAN

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CHAPTER 4 THE SIBERIAN SUPERMAN   Kremlin – April 3, 1963 Soviet Premier and Communist Party Leader Yeltsin Brecho... Read Chapter

FALLEN HERO

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  CHAPTER 5 FALLEN HERO   Atlanta, Georgia - 1996 Olympic Games Flags and colorful banners adorned the aud... Read Chapter

PREPARATION

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CHAPTER 6 PREPARATION   America and Russia - November 1996 Three months passed. On one side of the world Air For... Read Chapter

NEW HORIZONS

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  CHAPTER 7 NEW HORIZONS   Cape Canaveral, Florida - June 28, 2003 On an early Saturday morning, a lone se... Read Chapter

UNCLE DRAKE

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CHAPTER 8 UNCLE DRAKE   Barnacle Harbor, Oregon - June 28, 2003 The dim morning light began to manifest more br... Read Chapter

THE KING AND HIS DEPRAVED PLOT

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PART 2 WAR AND INVASION *  *  * CHAPTER 9 THE KING AND HIS DEPRAVED PLOT   Kinyata, Katara to Dekr... Read Chapter

THE EARTHSHAKING COUP - SOVIET STYLE

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CHAPTER 10 THE EARTHSHAKING COUP – SOVIET STYLE   Moscow, Russia, USSR - July 12, 2003 Across the world, Capitalis... Read Chapter

FLAMES FROM THE PULPIT

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  CHAPTER 11 FLAMES FROM THE PULPIT   Primitive Baptist Church, Williford, Florida - August 3, 2003 Toilin... Read Chapter

MEDITERRANEAN TENSION MOUNTS

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CHAPTER 12 MEDITERRANEAN TENSION MOUNTS   Kinyata, Katara - August 4, 2003 Within minutes of the air raid on America... Read Chapter

SOVIET STAFF MEETING

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CHAPTER 13 SOVIET STAFF MEETING   Kinyata, Katara - August 8, 2003 Four days later and armed convoy escorted Field M... Read Chapter

FLEEING TO DEKRA

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CHAPTER 14 FLEEING TO DEKRA   Kinyata, Katara, and desert wilderness eastward - August 9, 2003 The breeze pervading ... Read Chapter

FATEFUL DECISION

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    CHAPTER 15 FATEFUL DECISION   White House, Washington, D.C. - September 12, 2003 For a mid-Septem... Read Chapter

THE TRAP DOOR

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CHAPTER 16 THE TRAP DOOR   Beltor Sector, Kinyata, Katara - September 14, 2003 The grueling training lasted fourteen... Read Chapter

ORDINARY - UNORDINARY PEOPLE - THEIR LAST DAY

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    CHAPTER 17 ORDINARY – UNORDINARY PEOPLE – THEIR LAST DAY   Going about their lives across Earth, p... Read Chapter

FOR MR. PRESIDENT, ONE LAST TIME

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CHAPTER 18 FOR MR. PRESIDENT, ONE LAST TIME   Champion Boarding Ranch, Wasco, California - September 25, 2003 Betsey... Read Chapter

ATTACK - COUNTER ATTACK

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CHAPTER 19 ATTACK – COUNTER ATTACK   Breakfast at Champion Boarding Ranch, Wasco, California - September 25, 2003 ... Read Chapter

MAJOR GRADY'S RANGERS

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  CHAPTER 20 MAJOR GRADY’S RANGERS   North Georgia Mountain Ranger Deployment - September 18, 2003 The Pr... Read Chapter

THE TRAMP AND THE PROSTITUTE

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  CHAPTER 21 THE TRAMP AND THE PROSTITUTE   Jacksonville, Florida – September 24 and 25, 2003 Mentally h... Read Chapter

THE BARBERSHOP

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CHAPTER 22 THE BARBERSHOP   Williford, Florida - Thursday Morning, September 25, 2003 Thursday morning at dawn ... Read Chapter

DEATH UNDER MONTANA BLUE SKY

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CHAPTER 23 DEATH UNDER MONTANA BLUE SKY   Dunbar Ranch - Wednesday Morning, September 24, 2003 Wednesday mornin... Read Chapter

THE AMERICAN COWBOY SURVIVES

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CHAPTER 24 THE AMERICAN COWBOY SURVIVES   Buffalo, Wyoming Fairgrounds - Thursday Morning, September 25, 2003 T... Read Chapter

THE APEIAN HORDE WAGES WAR

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CHAPTER 25 THE APEIAN HORDE WAGES WAR   Soviet Atlantic Fleet Commander Leonid Costakis waited in his India-class s... Read Chapter

A RECKONING FOR SURVIVAL

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CHAPTER 26 A RECKONING FOR SURVIVAL   Hiawassee in north Georgia, fall of 2003 through fall 2004 General Grady ... Read Chapter

TRAUMATIZED AND ABANDONED IN SPACE

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PART 3 VOYAGE OF LOST HOPE *  *  * CHAPTER 27 TRAUMATIZED AND ABANDONED IN SPACE   Aboard Tra... Read Chapter

LIVING ON AN UNSYMPATHETIC WORLD

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CHAPTER 28 LIVING ON AN UNSYMPATHETIC WORLD   350 days after Trans-Mars injection, Traveler attains Mars orbit – ... Read Chapter

DISCOVERY - LIFE AND DEATH ON A HOSTILE WORLD

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CHAPTER 29 DISCOVERY – LIFE AND DEATH ON A HOSTILE WORLD   Friday, July 16, 2004 - murder in the Valles Marineris badl... Read Chapter

RETURNING TO A COFFIN IN ORBIT

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  CHAPTER 30 RETURNING TO A COFFIN IN ORBIT   April 8, 2005 - Earth Orbital Insertion Time passed quickly. Grav... Read Chapter

EARTH REENTRY - HOME AT LAST

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      CHAPTER 31 EARTH REENTRY – HOME AT LAST   April 15, 2005 – Departure from Space and Earth R... Read Chapter

INTO THE WILDERNESS

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PART 4 SURVIVAL AND SEPARATION *  *  * CHAPTER 32 INTO THE WILDERNESS   April 20, 2005 – Buffalo... Read Chapter

KIDNAPPED, THEN BRUTALIZED

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CHAPTER 33 KIDNAPPED, THEN BRUTALIZED   July, 2005 – Bighorn National Forest Wilderness The couple approached camp... Read Chapter

REFUGE WITH A COMRADE'S FRIEND

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CHAPTER 34 REFUGE WITH A COMRADE’S FRIEND   February, 2006 – Southern Wyoming Survival became a daily task durin... Read Chapter

CHEN ENSLAVED AND ADJUSTING - AND PREGNANT

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CHAPTER 35 CHEN ENSLAVED AND ADJUSTING – AND PREGNANT   Summer, 2005 to spring 2009 – Colorado Wilderness Leavin... Read Chapter

TO BILLINGS AND TERRIFYING DISCOVERY

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CHAPTER 36 TO BILLINGS AND TERRIFYING DISCOVERY   July 2005 – North Wyoming, then Montana Jeff Dunbar and Crow Haw... Read Chapter

WESTWARD TREK

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  CHAPTER 37 WESTWARD TREK   2006 thru 2008 – Montana into Idaho  Jeff allowed time that morning be... Read Chapter

MUTINY

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CHAPTER 38 MUTINY   Summer 2008 in Southern Colorado Egar Gregoriev stood alone in quiet repose, except when swatti... Read Chapter

THE REFUGEES ARRIVAL

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CHAPTER 39 THE REFUGEES ARRIVE   Summer 2008 in South Central Colorado Frightened, exhausted from flight and travel,... Read Chapter

SETTLING TO BUILD NEW BARNACLE

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CHAPTER 40 SETTLING TO BUILD NEW BARNACLE   Jeff’s Calendar: 2010/2011 - Barnacle, Oregon Jeff didn’t disturb To... Read Chapter

SIERRA PARADISE FOUND

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CHAPTER 41 SIERRA PARADISE FOUND   Jeff’s Calendar: early 2011 and onward - Oregon into California’s Sierra Nevada ... Read Chapter

PEACEFUL YEARS SHATTERED

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PART 5 THE END OF GREATNESS   *  *  * CHAPTER 42 PEACEFUL YEARS SHATTERED   Spring 2024 ... Read Chapter

THE LAST BATTLE

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CHAPTER 43 THE LAST BATTLE   Early summer 2024 – South of Pleasant Valley, California in an isolated secret canyon ... Read Chapter

THE SHOCKING DISCOVERY

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CHAPTER 44 THE SHOCKING DISCOVERY   Early summer 2024 – Horseshoe Canyon in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains  ... Read Chapter

AMERICA SYMBOLICALLY REBORN - BRIEFLY

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  CHAPTER 45 AMERICA SYMBOLICALLY REBORN - BRIEFLY   Summer 2024 – Eagle’s Nest in the High Sierra Nevada Mount... Read Chapter

TIME AND INDIFFERENCE - NEW ENEMIES

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CHAPTER 46 TIME AND INDIFFERENCE - NEW ENEMIES   2043 – Eagle’s Nest in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains The yea... Read Chapter

INTO ETERNITY

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CHAPTER 47 INTO ETERNITY   June 2045 to August 2047 and the Cliff Overhanging Eagle’s Nest The morning of June 8, ... Read Chapter

EPILOGUE - THE EARTH IN TRANSITION

Submitted: May 22, 2018

Epilogue The Earth in Transition   At ground zero where the upwelling plume from deep Earth blasted in what was formally... Read Chapter

Afterward - Personal Comments

Submitted: May 22, 2018

Afterward Personal Comments   The nuclear war scenario depicted in this novel is a work of imagination and dramatized wi... Read Chapter