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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mushroom Cloud is a work of fiction in the historical and military intrigue subgenres. Penned by author Thomas Yeggy, it forms the first novel of the thrilling First Strike Series. It is best suited to mature teen and adult readers owing to some references to wartime violence, explicit language, and adult content. Kicking off this intelligent and exciting series with a bang, we find ourselves amidst the Cold War and the development of devastating technologies that could change the face of the planet as we know it. Dr. Caleb Young, the protagonist, is a highly educated and sought-after mind in the field of physics, and his harsh learning experience during wartime is documented alongside real events.
Author Thomas Yeggy offers much for fans of historical and military fiction to sink their teeth into in this highly engrossing opening to a promising new series. One of the most surprising features for me was how accessible and educational the content is because you needn’t know very much at all about the Cold War or any kind of physics or weapons development to dive right in and enjoy the story. I certainly learned a lot, and this was cleverly woven into the dialogue and plot-relevant scenes, never overwhelming the reader with exposition or prose. Caleb was also a highly relatable and admirable protagonist, and it was interesting to see him grow emotionally as well as over the course of his career. Overall, I would certainly recommend Mushroom Cloud for fans of historical fiction and interpersonal drama, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for First Strike.