I’ve been watching Jericho on CBS, and so far, I’m am very disappointed. The basic premise is that Jericho is a small town somewhere in Western Kansas. One day, all communication with the outside world suddenly stops, and the residents can see a mushroom cloud to the west, supposedly Denver.
The problem with this is that Denver is nearly 200 miles from the Kansas border. It seems pretty far-fetched that anyone in any town in Kansas would be able to see the mushroom cloud from Denver being nuked. Later, we are informed that the residents of Jericho have two hours before a rain storm (full of radioactive fallout), arrives from Denver. This is pretty silly, since most weather fronts only travel at maybe 15-25mph, so it would take maybe 8-12 hours for a weather front to make it from Denver to the Kansas border.
I have always been interested in post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history, so I was hoping that Jericho might try to treat this subject in a more realistic manner. If you want some good books on the subject, you might try the Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling, or the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy, also by S.M Stirling. Another good series is the 1632 series by Eric Flint.
Of course Alas Babylon by Pat Frank is the classic post-apocalyptic novel.