I have literally lost count of how many titles I have purchased on audible. In all of those-this is my first review.
This story was incredible...poignant, heart-breaking, and shocking. All that took place in this book hit home so hard because deep down you know that it could possibly happen.
I cried when they suffered, smiled with them, and cheered when they triumphed over daunting challenges. I highly recommend this title...All in all-A Profoundly Moving 'What If' Story. It would be awesome to have a sequel!!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Post-Apocalyptic novels, especially in the teen genre, seem the rage of the day. One Second After is not a teen book. It is about the potential damage wrought a real modern weapon called Electromagnetic Pulse or EMP. EMP is a nuclear weapon exploded in the atmosphere which would likely fry/disable virtually all electrical and electronic devices including the electrical grid, cell and land line phones services, and computers over a wide area, an area potentially as wide as most of the United States excluding only Hawaii andand parts of Alaska. The potential for such an attack is real and the results would be catastrophic. There are expensive technologies to harden electronics against EMP attack, but in the US only some military devices have been hardened.
This book is set in western North Carolina is very much about local impact of an EMP attack, but the locale would be typical of what is happening across the country. The athor has very recently released the second book in the series titled One Year After.
One Second After is an important book that helped to increase the attention of the executive and legislative branches of the US government to the risk of EMP weapons and the need for better preparation. It is a must read novel!
This was an amazing book. I was aware of the threat of EMP's before reading this book, but after reading this book it makes that already known threat seem even more plausible. The concept can make for a very interesting conversation with a friend. The narration felt as if he was really in the situation. Great book and easy to follow.
I'm very glad that I listened to this book. I actually had to take a day off from it at one point, because I found parts of the story very disturbing. Even if you don't think the premise is credible (a position I would find naive)- it is interesting to think about what the consequences would be of losing the communication, the flow of information, and the conveniences that we rely on daily.
Having read a few chapters of this book I am ready to
1. Start smoking and encourage my kids to do the same
2. But a gun for each member of the family including the toddlers
3. Double - screw it- triple the defence budget
4. Find a token Pakistani store owner to befriend and take to a 4th of July pork reduced BBQ
5. Preemptively nuke the Chinese, Nth Koreans and Iranians - just in case
6. Buy more family friendly entertainment. I was thinking "Leave it to Beaver" and "my three sons"' on DVD. But can no longer trust the new fangled tech of a DVD player. Hopefully I can find a written transcript book form
6. Get a refund on this trash fast
This is not a book. It is a political manifesto and pro gun, smoking and defence lobby hand book. I listened to just two or three chapters. And I need a shower and a couple of episodes of real time with bill maher to recover
Maybe it was the lengthy, bombastic intro by Newt Gingrich...but the story, based on an interesting concept, is slow-going. Couldn't get into the protagonist, a widowed military man with two daughters. Had difficulty reconciling his "good guy" sketch with his smoking Camels and making coffee without power by adding three spoonfuls of ground coffee, then adding water. Tough guy. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.If you're hoping for an action-packed tale, this is not it.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
This Post-Apolyptic end of the US as told in North Carolina is a thin copy of every bad end-of-the-world mixed with "the Commies are Coming" movie I've ever seen. It's hero is a cigarette smoking, fedora wearing, type of 40s college professor who obsesses about his coming lack of smokes as much as about the lack of insulin for his diabetic daughter. His only qualification as lead dude seems to be his reenactment in Civil War Battles every month or so. Therefore they call him Colonel. He's one of the most unrealistic heroes I've ever read. I could not figure out why he was such an admired man..I didn't get his high community value- it sure isn't in his thinking or reasoning ability. He's Average Man, mourning his wives death, living with his mother in law and daughters and functioning poorly as a parent. He makes stupid decisions, doesn't understand his 16 year old daughter just might be having sex or that he ought to take care of his wounded hand..he's Mr Peepers mixed with Maxwell Smart!
Along with lame heroes comes equally lame dialogue..."81 people have died, professor, but everything seems ok." is typical. Now I've been to Asheville, it's full of counter culture people and the hero himself does these Civil War play things. They have lots of horses yet they are choosing to use the horses for food rather than for transportation...that could have just been thrown in for the gross factor to prep the listener for the dog as food part that comes up though.
Publishers blurb says this book was touted "On the floor of Congress" Doesn't say why and I'm left wondering why.
There are too many simplistic lines of dialogue to quote, just for humors sake, but believe me..I did a lot of rolling my eyes and going 'Duh' at many of them.
If you want a good post apologetic book, try the Metatopolis series edited by John Scalzi. The characters in these short stories are, at least, intelligent.
Don't was your credit..it's going back and thank you, Audible for the return offer.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
After listening to this book I did some research and found the threats represented in the story are not only credible but probable. At least now we have been warned!
The narration is excellent, he nails the southern accents of North Carolina and small town NC as well.
The story is riveting, gut wrenching and frightening. It's not a feel good story, but don't let that turn you away. It is an important book to read!
All throughout the adventure I tried to imagine how I would act under the circumstances laid out by Fortschen. Perhaps this is why I am so moved by his work. I'd love to think I'd survive, but I simply can't imagine that would be the case.
The plot and concept are great, very interesting and thought provoking. I liked the small town setting which allowed the reader to easily grasp the consequences of the war. The setting also allowed some character development. Unfortunately, the book was let down because the author had endowed (burdened?) the characters with awful, unthinking, conservative political and social views. I guess these views reflect those of the author given the connections he must have given who wrote the foreword. The views and attitudes of the characters also made them pretty stereotyped which is a shame because I think the author could easily have developed more rounded, variable and realistic characters.
Anything that doesn't suffer from right-wing politics.
Disappointment for the reasons set out above.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
excellent book on disaster preparedness set in a fictional near future, sort of red dawn, road warrior and the postman movies in one book, im sure this will be made into a movie, a realistic view of what will, not maybe, happen should our Great Country devolve into anarchy from war, or similar catastrophe and i dont mean global warming, but a real crisis