Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) [Mordecai Roshwald, David Seed] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Level 7 is the diary of Officer . (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button.

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Once he does this simple, unremarkable act, his life in the bunker is, literally, without purpose, and he and the reader await the end of the war above.

Whenever you write about a book, it makes me want to read it immediately.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It later emerges that the orders given have been wholly automatic due to a launch on warning strategy, [2] the war has taken place as a series of automated electronic responses to an initial accident. Roshwald was a “professor roswadl of humanities at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at many universities worldwide.

At first the underground levels are safe but the radiation slowly makes it way down, level by level. He is a rosqald officer, the one that pushes buttons to launch nuclear missiles and annihilate the world when such orders are received. Very clinical and scientific approach to the worst situation: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

I do recommend that you don’t read the lengthy, scholarly introduction until you’ve read the book though, as it is full of spoilers. X and his fellow shelter inhabitants roswzld learn the criteria that had determined admission to the shelters: No wonder it was in crappy condition and smelled of mildew. No one has a name, only a number, and while I get that this is probably a plot device to show how cruelly inhuman the military can be, it basically serves to make it impossible to remember who is who or forge any human connection with anyone.


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Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return. But, hey, who gets jacket blurbs from Bertrand Russell! Great summary and review. View all 3 comments. Holy cow, what a bummer! This is going on my reading list.

Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. I settled on four because any novel written almost 55 years ago that feels this fresh and relevant is really quite remarkable. There is a possibility that the astounding series of events depicted by the author will in fact occur a few years from now. A little difficult to find a copy of this.

Its basically about a man who is in training and gets promoted and taken 4, feet below ground to do his job, with a select group of other people. Don’t read it, really.

But in one department, “Level 7” truly is rowwald better than both these classics. Even people living in the bunker are not known by what might be their original names. Although the initial premise is quite exciting, the execution is more dull than anything. Why would the characters switch to calling each other by military names such as X or P?! The earth is scorched due to nuclear war and the only survivors are those who went underground.


Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald gaping blackbird. About ten years ago my teenage son and I both read it and agreed it was quite good.

Overall, a frightening book that reads poorly; had it not been for the topic, a solid 1-star. Luckily, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level becomes contaminated with radiation. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. They have enough food, water, and air to last them 5 lifetimes.

X fulfills the role of ‘push-button’ offensive initiator of his nation’s nuclear weapons capacity against an unspecified enemy. I’ve been reading a whole lot of nuclear apocalypse-themed novels from the 50s and 60s lately and I levep this takes the cake. Level 7 is a science fiction novel by the Ukrainian-born Israeli writer Mordecai Roshwald. The mood of the story levek grim, as X realizes that once he makes the descent down into Level 7, there is no turning back to leel outside world.

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