I once said that The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis was the most frightening book I have ever read. Well now it must be relegated to the second most frightening book I have ever read.

Midnight In Chernobyl is an extraordinarily detailed and graphic telling of the catastrophic events at  Chernobyl nuclear power plant, looking in detail at the events leading up to the meltdown and the years of fallout (no pun intended) that followed.

If you want to be scared senseless this Halloween, read one of these!

I think the scariest part of both of these books is the manner in which the political leaders were prepared to allow so much to go unchecked for the sake of expediency. In The Forsaken, the US govt could (and should) have done so much more to protect and help the thousands of its own citizens living in the USSR, but for the sake of expediency chose to turn a blind eye to their senseless slaughter. What makes it worse is that to date no US govt has even acknowledged this tragic episode.

Equally, in Midnight At Chernobyl it is made so clear that for the sake of political expediency, safety standards were quashed, corners were and hundreds of thousands of lives were put at risk all for the sake of the expediency of appearing better than the West and particularly the US.

All you can hope is that one day those politicians responsible will be judged and held fully accountable for their actions.

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