After 9/11 Americans have been made aware of the many different ways the United States could be attacked and how these attacks could disrupt our way of life. One Second After describes in chilling detail how one such method could be carried out and how in a blink of an eye our way life, culture and nation would change forever. What makes this book so frightening is how easy it would be for such an attack to occur and what the result would mean for my family's future. It is simply too scary to think about!
An eye opening, "page turner" listen about what could happen if Americans had to survive long term without electricity or technology, the impacts to our society and the horrible choices that might have to be made. It also illustrates the current vulnerability of our electrical grid and technology to electro magnetic pulse weapons.
It can be a real downer so I wouldn't recommend it if you are in a vulnerable place in your life.
At the end I wanted to run out and buy a pre-1980s car, build a home underground, buy a generator, and store away enough supplies for 5 years. Logic prevailed and I called my Senator/Congressman and asked them if they understood how vulnerable we are. If enough Americans start asking the question - we may collectively address the risk before it is too late. Although I wouldn't argue against buying extra canned food, fuel, bottled water and storing it away. If someone offered me a great deal on a pre-1980s Volvo 240................
This book scared me. I did my own research to see how plausible this kind of attack was. I found that it could be very easily accomplished. The story was compelling and I could not stop listening. It smacks the rose colored glasses off your face. I would highly recommend this book.
This book has left me haunted by the possibility that this could really happen to us and will leave you wondering how you would fare. I disagree with many of the previous reviews and think this is a must read. The narrator does a brilliant job with the different characters. In fact, there wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Get it.
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
I found this audiobook absolutely riveting and terrifying. I couldn't stop listening to it, and lost lots of sleep as a result. The narrator absolutely brought this book to life, and did a great job conveying the emotions of the characters. Now that I have finished the audibook, I can't stop thinking of how horrific this potential scenario would be.
This was my FIRST audiobook. I found it interesting up to a point, but then the story just dragged on and on and on...
I think the author has, as other reviewers pointed out, a horribly Norman Rockwellesque view of ideal America. So much so that the story becomes totally unbelievable. Not from the breaking-down-of-social-order perspective, but from the this-is-every-middle-aged-cialis-chomping-toupee-wearing-white-dude's-wet-dream perspective.
I more than once expected Washington Parker to shout: 'Aw weeza gonna nee summoah souljaz, massa...I mean uh cullnul suh!" Really? Really???
According to the author, everyone thinks there is ample food up in them thar mountains. Otherwise he wouldnt have repeated it 3000 times.
Im going to now listen to Earth Abides. If it is anything like One Second After, Im going to dig up Ward Cleaver and punch him in the throat.
This book should be required reading by every member of congress and all Presidents of the U.S. Shame on the Politicians that bicker and backstab each other for political gain while taking no action to defend the last best hope for man. This is a well written account of what could befall our great county. This book will disturb and numb liberal and conservatives alike. It made me pace the floor choke with emotion and prey to a god that I never ask much of. It is not just another doomsday book.
I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic and survivalist fiction, and the plot concept of this book is excellent. Unfortunately the bland, one-dimensional characters, insipid writing style, and ridiculously over-simplified moral themes completely prevented me from enjoying it. The author belabors themes of survivalism, civilization vs. barbarism, order vs. anarchy, patriotism, and justice over and over again with no imagination. Most of the time he doesn't even make an effort to embed the themes in the narrative and just regurgitates them in exposition. At several points I got the distinct sense that the author is masturbating his conservative politics and military history rather than constructing an engaging story that illuminates new aspects of the themes. Overall the book is an insulting read that grossly oversimplifies the complexities of survivalism, patriotism, and ethics in a post-apocalyptic setting.
This book, while entertaining, is also very disturbing. Made me realize just how dependent we are on technology and totally unprepared we are for something of this magnitude. Wrestling now with what to do about it? Do I try to prepare? Check out the Web site, www.onesecondafter.com--there you will find a list of how to prepare. But is it worth it? I'm not sure I'd want to be the only one in the neighborhood who is prepared--what would be my fate? I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it can be rather upsetting and has stayed with me.