Are you a middle aged white man who dreams of inferior uncomplicated younger women who follow you around trying to mother you? If so- this book is for you.Why is it always Republican males that sit around dreaming about the super-hot liberal chick that will find them so terribly irresistible she will lose her ability to think for herself?
I have always been intrigued by the idea of an EMP attack. I jumped at the chance to read this book. I am afraid I was very disappointed. The lead male character wanders around town giving speeches while letting everyone around him do the heavy lifting. On the ultra-rare occasion our lead tries to lift a finger- he inevitably hurts himself. While he gives his all-knowing advice to everyone within ear shot he also manages to sexually size up every female he comes across. Our lead female is shockingly uncomplicated. She spends two whole sentences in the book talking about her past. To be fair- the lead male even managed to interrupt her then. She apparently has no ties to any human on the planet. An Ex-husband that cheated on her multiple times but she didn’t blame him. No kids, no parents, no brothers and sisters. She doesn’t even have a pet or a house plant to be remotely concerned about.No our glorious lead female has but one purpose in life. To wander about neglecting her duty as a nurse- letting people die around her- while she hunts down and basically stalks our lead male. Consistently inserting herself into the lead male’s family. Mothering him and telling him how wonderful he is…oh and did I mention she is smoking hot and 15 to 20 years younger than him?Every single female in this entire book is irretrievably stupid and vastly incompetent. When someone screws up or comes up with a dumb idea- it is a female. Our lead brags about his great respect for women in one sentence- and then two sentences later he is sizing up every female he sees to determine if they are “sexy”. Or which parts of them he finds the sexiest.This book was clearly written as a fantasy by a middle aged white man in the grips of a midlife crisis. This book has such terrific potential. I hate that it was squandered on this writer.
It has been easy for the politicians to ignore the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse attack, given the voters lack of knowledge of the threat. Mr. Forstchen does us all a favor by educating us to the danger while wrapping the lesson is an riveting package that will grab and hold your attention from first to last. Mr. Barrett's talents as a reader seamlessly brings the whole story to life.
If you are a fan of Road Warrior or Fallout and you're looking for a post apocalyptic adventure then this book is NOT for you. Mr. Forstchen has written a entertaining cautionary tale that could easily come to pass in the near future if our "good friends" in North Korea, Iran, or Al-Qaeda ever manage to lay hands on a functioning atomic weapon and the means to deliver it into earth orbit.
The story line was very good, interesting all the way through.
I really enjoyed One Second After, it has been one of the books I have listened to more than once.
Spooky, horrifying, REAL!!!
Somewhat. It really isn't and "edge of your seat" kind of book. With that said, it is thoroughly engaging.
Don't know if I had a FAVORITE scene. There are numerous scenes that had me earbuds in, shouting expletives out loud. The entire book is VERY good.
Yes. It scared me. DON'T SKIP THE FORWARD as many of us often do. The simple explanation of how real the potential for this scenario is, and then to have it played out with characters we can all relate to. It made me think "what would I do?" "Would my behavior devolve or would I rise above temptation?" "Would I and my loved ones survive?" READ IT!!!
After my first read, I was so spooked I read it again immediately! I have read it twice more. This one leaves you thinking!!!
Nerdgirl who loves to read and listen during a nasty 2 hour daily commute. Mostly listen to intelligent stories to escape road rage - love s
Both plausible and utterly chilling, this book was fantastic. The narrator was good and not distracting. It generated many discussions with my husband on the possibility of a world without electricity and running water. The story was fascinating and made you think of all the things that would happen and how it would affect you personally to live through this scenario. I found the story to be alternately horrifying and exciting.
This book loses any credibility as a work of science fiction because it is rampantly anti-science viewpoint (see, e.g., the passages alluding to climate change as a massive hoax). This is a book with a thinly veiled plot written to advance a political agenda. I'll read non-fiction for that. Don't need it rammed down my throat in poorly written fiction. This is soooo bad. Save your money. I wish I could get my mine back.
A comprehensive look at reliance on technology and its failure resulting in bringing out the many facets of human nature. The refocusing of priorities by the events consequences are artfully portrayed by the author.
"The invisible attack no one was prepared for"
The start (chapter one) was a little slow, research and content excellent. Some loose ends at end. The possible results of an invisible attack and the resulting challenges were realistically portrayed by the author.
One Minute After revisits the post-apocalyptic scenario. The story has a transparent political agenda; to raise awareness of a little know annihilation threat, and to educate the western world of what life would be like in a situation when most modern technology was not operating.
For much of the story this agenda dominates, and it reads/listens as though the concept of the threat and resulting breakdown of food/medical supply chains is more important than the characters - who are just there to experience the impact. Consequentially some of the characters seem clichéd and shallow. Later on in the book the characters have more depth and authenticity and the story more feeling.
If you liked novels from this genre like Alas Babylon, The Dog Star, The Road, you'll probably enjoy One Minute Afer. Forstchen has done a good job of this novel, but it lacks the difficult to define x-factor of a classic. Very good narration made this book a worthwhile listening experience.
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
I'd mention it, but s for a recommendation, I'm not sure. This book was recommended to me, and i guess his and my views of an 'excellent' story differ, so i guess if the person i was talking to W's into it, then sure.
I don't want to give much away, but Jennifer's and Gingers last scenes of the book.
I really didn't have a favorite.
Ginger. I say more, I'll ruin it for everyone.
Though the concept of this book is gripping and plausable, i feel a little disappointed. The writing was done all in John's perspective...a character i felt WA not introduced enough and found myself wondering how it is he got the position he did;;why he knew the people he did, why military men turned down their roles to let a history professor with barely any field experience rule the town.
John and his family, though they had their own troubles, seemed a little too mary-jane, but not enough to stop me from getting attached to a few eamily memberrs as it hit close to home should it ever happen.
The author used a bunch of 'it reminded him of this scene from this movie' comparisons, which rattled my nerves as it seemed every paragraph had one.
I also found it was quite fortellable, a well; the foreshadowing happening without much time to forget about it, or even sink in.
The narrator did an excellent job, however, so I'm rather pleased with that and would listen to another story done by him.
Overall, don't go into the book expecting action, as morethan half of it is listening to the people in charge groan over how they'll help the community survive.