This book started-off great. It started to roll, and never stopped.
It was not so much a story, but like a game where you destroy a city/society, and you start to build it back up.
The writer had great insights, and it left me thinking many a time after putting the book down.
I have to say, I totally enjoyed the book.
It was easy to follow, and it held my attention well.
TIP: Skip the second book. (One Year After). It is a continuation, but the narrator is different (not better), and the writing style takes a very different turn. It becomes more like a story, rather than an actual account with deep insights. Just my opinion. Read the reviews.
I don't think I would try another book from either. I thought there would be more science, better explanations of how it could have been avoided and figuring out how to use basic skills to reinvent solutions for survival. Instead, there were pages and pages of lectures and preaching. The protagonist was an unevenly formed character who was simply a mouthpiece for opinions of the author.
The Moor's Account
Listening to 'different' voices helps distinguish points of view.
Essentially, this is a neoconservative rewrite of Larry Niven and Jerry Pornelle's classic Lucifer's Hammer. It isn't as in-depth as the original and the new menace is an EMP rather than an steroid, but the story arc is much the same. The same plagues. The same path to success.
But where Lucifer's Hammer is a story of Human ingenuity triumphing over disaster, One Second After is a song of lamentation.
One point I must make: The author chose to villify Iran and North Korea. Both baddies to be sure, but why would such ideologically discreet countries cooperate?
The nursing home scene would be gruesome.... so little hope... so gut-wrenching because of the helplessness of the residence. The stranded motorists.... who to help... who not to as things began to escalate quickly. Do you live in a community that would pull together or fall apart? This is a real and pressing question. Who can you count on? Who do you know that would be an invaluable asset? Which character would you most be like in the book? What can you do NOW - ahead of time - to make sure you will like yourself and could live with yourself if found in this situation?
I listened to this book while traveling to a town that was about 75 miles away from my home. It was a real eye opener for me as I thought about how I would get home if there was an EMP. I was wearing sandals - I didn't have a good pair of walking shoes in the car. I had one small bottle of water, and realized that it would take me 3-4 days to walk home. It really got me to thinking and planning on how to better prepare myself and my vehicle for an emergency.
Excellent book. It will change the way you think. Has some great wrenching parts. Will prompt you to do something about the security and preparation of you and your family.
Having been raised in a rural farm area I truly appreciate the skills learned early in life. Having said that this story really portrays a terrifying realization of how vulnerable our nation truly is.