Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I did enjoy One Second After, but more like I would a campy 1950s horror movie rather than the hard fiction apocalyptic tale he endeavors to weave.
I get it. We've all pretty much heard of the attack he describes. And yup, It's scary. But honestly, I think he assumes WAAAAY too much potency for the attack - basically 100% effective. No weapon in history has ever boasted that kind of efficacy. If there is a range of how bad an EMP attack would be, Fortschen has definitely turned the dial to 11.
Character behavior and their relationships appeal for emotive connection through the melancholy stoicism of the Confederacy. I actually enjoy this style, though, which is why I rated it as highly as I did. But I don't think it's anything like how people would behave today.
I also think his characters waste a ton of time and energy trying to establish an isolated 19th century society and culture through resurrection of obsolete technology, when they would probably get much further by simply trying to fix the current infrastructure lying repairable all around them.
For emotive story telling, though, I give Fortschen a 4. For realistic treatment of a real potential risk... a 2.
This book is a "what if" nightmare but told in a very non-threatening way. Many doomsday books have an aura of scariness or horror as a backdrop. This book does not. It's a character and community study of what would happen to Society if all of our gadgets suddenly went off.
The story is one that is not only worth reading because it is so well-written and narrated, but because the idea of an electromagnetic pulse as a weapon is not really science fiction -- it's a real possibility. The lead character is a widowed father of two girls, retired military, living in a small Southern town and teaching at a local college. The point of view, although not first person, is through his eyes and his emotions. The human emotions and fear felt by the townspeople and others is real but not the star feature of the novel. Instead, the novel is in some ways a practical survival guide; how would food be organized, how would a town deal with non-townspeople, how would our old and our sick survive (or not). Despite the practicality aspects of the storytelling, the flow of the novel never fails to invite the reader (listener) to care about the people.
This is not a "how to survive the zombie apocalypse" guide -- far from it. It's a story about people, dealing with day-to-day details of a lifestyle that they never expected and for which they are unprepared. There is sadness and joy. Mostly, there is a real story to be told.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
Not if it's like this. A slow lingering death of a novel. A great concept that gets bogged down by details, and explanations.
Most interesting? I could turn off the recording. Least? I'd have to listen to more.
He did fine, just a slow, tragic read.
Too many to remove. Get rid of the diatribe of wasted words, paragraphs. Less is more. In THIS case, a LOT less.
I cannot recommend this read. Well, if it's read this or get a root canal...no, get the root canal.
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!
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.
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.
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 really enjoyed this books concept however it did get bogged down in the details. It has so many characters that I often was lost thinking; wait a minute who was that again? It was very thought provoking and makes you wonder about this possible future. At least it made me think what if? Not necessarily go out and buy up a ton of can foods and bullets or anything but wow how would our world work if all our networks broke down? The book is good over all and is a nice long read for a long trip or something but it does get cumbersome in the middle and the end is just sad, no happy ending to tie everything up which I guess is realistic but it stinks! LOL Good read over all and I would recommend it.
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.