Well written and heart wrenching, "One Second After" truly brings home the horror Americans would face if we were caught up in our own worst nightmare; life without modern conviences. The characters are well written and I found myself drawn so deeply into the story I felt their pain. I found myself in tears at various points in the story and it became a major discussion point with my husband each night. He can't discuss his own work with me, but suffice it to say he has had us keeping emergency water, food and supplies for years. I've even drawn my chemistry students into the discussion since the topic is so relevant. This is a must read book for anyone living in a modern society.
I was wanting to read this book for a while and finally got around to it. This book was very well written and thought out. The emotional roller coaster that this book provides really opens your eyes that could be. Are you ready?
There are many books that move people to laughter or tears but there are few that really reach down to the depths of your soul. This is one of the few, it is so realistic that you can put the names of your own family/village in place of the book characters. But the most amazing thing is that it is true, you know in your heart of hearts that this could happen ..... OMG ....
I can't give this book enough praise. It's the kind of book that stays with you well after you've finished reading it. It's the kind of (what if)that could truly happen and leaves you thinking about what you would do in this situation. It made me want do a lot of late night research on EMP's. You can easily identify with the characters and put yourself in their shoes. It made me realize just how much we take for granted in our everyday lives. Well thought out and highly entertaining.
Well written in a modern narrative style, reminded me of the TV series "Jericho" except grittier and ultimately more frightening. A holocaust such as the one described is within the means of a determined and ruthless enemy and there's no shortage of those. Gives me shudders.
(If some of the characters in this book are regular Americans and not patterned on the sensitivity-trained-politically-corrected nouveau elitist model then that is at least a small comfort!)
If you utterly familiar with EMP or with the idea the the US is amazingly vulnerable on so many levels than don't bother - but if you have the basic idea but not the historically accurate projections then read on - terrific, spellbinding and so what if the main character is molded after the author - who cares - or if not - that is not the point and nothing to base a review upon as I read before I decided that indeed this was a book i wanted to read
This book is awesome! It's a good story; I couldn't put it down. The reader was a perfect choice for this book. Very easy to listen to.
And on top of all that, the book really makes you think. I have a 72-hour disaster kit. I've used it each of the last three Decembers when our small town in the Oregon mountains was cut off due to winter storms, floods, and record snowfall. I was very glad I had a 72-hour disaster kit. But after reading this book, I think I need a 365-day disaster kit!
What a great book. If you didn't know much (or anything for that matter) about EMP and its chilling effects you should check this out. The characters are well fleshed out and you really care about them. It also makes you think about it what would you do if this happens to you. I Highly recommend this book!
I just finished the book today, and I am a little freaked out by it. This story is frighteningly realistic as to what would happen should the lights suddenly, permanently, go out. And I keep thinking about ways that I and the government need to prepare right now. Definitely an eye opener.
I have only one criticism. The author uses what i am going to call "but" phrases way to much. It seems that every other sentence contains something like this. "only but 4 days ago... when but 2 weeks past... that but 1 month gone..." It really distracts from the story to hear the same thing over and over again. Especially I have never heard anyone use that in a real conversation.
The protagonist is portraid overly positive. He is quick to judge the horrific actions by his fellow man. Yet he is constantly making the very same self preserving choices he is blaming others for.
I normally have no trouble with questionable or outright dis-likable characters but here it is combined with a fore- and afterword and a general tone of voice that clearly endorsees his attitude and actions as the only valid ones. This and the overal propagandistic over tone kind of ruined an otherwise enjoyable read for me.