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.
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.
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.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
If you your politics are ultra conservative and you were disappointed when the cold war ended because there was less to fear, this fantasy is for you. If you believe the world should belong only to strong and the fit, this is your Bible. If you thrive when there is something to fear then be refreshed by this view of dystopia. As for me and my house, we will continue to believe that man continues to evolve and will ultimately conquer that which is most elusive, peace and justice.
The whole EMP event that acts as a catalyst is simply a plot device to launch into a sorrowful story that devolves the US both into a medieval society and a loss of over 250 million people. It could very well have been an asteroid bombardment in the beginning and 99 percent of the novel wouldn't need to be changed.
If that weren't bad enough, after every loss of life episode, the author somehow manages to recollect what seems to be every post-war aftermath from photos and paintings that the pitiable protagonist recollects seeing. From Napoleonic era, European plagues, WWI, WW2 and so forth.
Lastly, the tone of the novel always tends to reference society before electronics as being better able to adapt to such an attack, going as far as highlighting a 1959 Edsel as the standard of survivability! It often comes off as almost preferring an EMP attack to happen to bring us back to the good old days. As an example, the rag tag civilian militia that was formed for defense were named -- get this -- Company B. I kept thinking that a reference to the Andrew Sisters "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" would be alluded to but was saved that hilarity.
If you are an uber Red Dawn survivalist fanatic, you'll probably enjoy the novel; otherwise ... not so much.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Wow! Scary stuff, this book. It is said to be a fictional telling of the facts related to what would happen to a modern, electronically dependent civilization after an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), caused by nuclear detonations high in the atmosphere, hits the United States. (Note: This weapon actually exists and the US has threatened its use! If enemies of the US also have it, the story becomes prophecy.)
The characters and setting are fictional, but for the most part, very relatable and believable. The central character, a retired military man-turned college history professor, is cast into roles he never dreamed he would have as the affects of the international war-induced destroy all communication, transportation, importation, and shuts down everything that requires electricity in any form.
Medical services, even medicines are non existent, so those dependent on insulin, beta blockers, statins and the like are among the first casualties. But disease, roving bands of thugs, suicide and infection from injury are rampant.
It is not a book for the squeamish. It makes you think about your own survivability even in a less serious disaster or catastrophe; i.e. are you fit and healthy? Do you have backup electricity? A store house of water, food, clothing, medicines? How would you defend yourself and your family from the criminal element? Who would you look to for leadership and information? And more. . .
A worthy read. . . somewhat like the book Alas Babylon which is also very good.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Believable story of what life would be like without law and order, a food and medicine distribution system and no electrical power. Scary.....but I couldn't put it down.
You don't want to think about it, but what if it happened? What if you had to live without the things we take for granted? It would probably unfold very much like this story reveals. Information worth knowing, thinking about and preparing for.
And it was always interesting. Never a dull moment. Could not wait to find out what happened next.
This book went beyond my expectations. It was intriguing, heart breaking and scary at the same time. This fictional story could one day really come to life. It was a book that really made me think of how we live and how much we rely on technology. Everything we use today requires energy that we take for granted. This book was not only written well, the narrator made this story come to life.