I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I have not read the print version, I am looking for it now!
Why the Colonel of course! (said in a Southern drawl)
One pulse and the pulses of millions stop.
I really have to say this is brilliant, fantastic, tremendous, wonderful and so on book. I am a lover of disaster books, Zombies and all those end of the world books we love and hate. But this one is brilliant (I know already said that) My interest in the effects (and after) of an EMP led me to this book as did the intro by Newt Gringrich and that intro teased me further. The book is a novel and of course not true but I can certainly believe the themes and the occurrences in this book could become real and that is frightening. We are not prepared, we are too devoted, too reliant on the microchips. I believe some of William R. Forstchen's stories and turns are completely believable, we are reliant on medication, cars, machinery and food deliveries. As a diabetic I had a shiver of fear. If you suffer from many ailments and need medicine, be sure you have a strong drink when you read/listen to this book.It is a book I would love to see as a movie, it is perfect for such a medium. This is one book I have already started to recommend to my friends and to be honest I think all should read/listen to this book and maybe we should rethink some priorities before it is too late.Well done Mr. Forstchen, a brilliant (there I go again) book of creative writing.You have a fan in me.
I will also add, the narrator Joe Barrett did a mighty fine job, he kept me listening.
The story is logical and well written. Plausible and believable. In the tradition of Alas Babylon and On the Beach
The scene about halfway were the need for justice and the determination of what needed to be done to hold a shaky society together is very thought provoking.
A good reader who adds to the narrative - but does not get in the way.
While it neither made me laugh or cry, I found it very thought provoking. I spent a good deal of time during and after reading this thinking about how fragile we may have become while becoming so advanced.
You will want to follow this with something a bit lighter - I went back to Sick Puppy - one of my Carl Haissan faves.
Working towards retirement hopefully. I enjoy sci fi, horror, steampunk and some ya for good luck.
This was a hard book to get any enjoyable moment out of for me. More than any zombie apocalypse, One Second After was real. Finding the town survived at the last was a double edged sword. Happy to see the characters make it through the winter and then the realization of what was left took that away.
When John's daughter Jen died! So hard to take still affects me.
When John and town were preparing for an attack, Sargent Washington preparing the students, telling some would die. This was a strong scene much going on, not my favorite for happiness. For the reality of the situation to come.
It would be the title of the book, One Second After. That says so much in itself.
I've read several zombie apocalypse novels over the past years. None of those zombie novels really stick in my mind like One Second After. The reality of this story and the terror within struck me hard. The loss of America, loss of citizens, life all of it. This could happen and probably will in the near future.
This book starts off with a preface by Newt Gingerich as though the book has a very important message to tell the American people. I'm not quite sure what type of influence the author felt that Gingerich might have, but there it is.
The book is about how an EMP blast can and inevitably will cripple the United States and remove it as a superpower on the world stage. The moral of the story is that Washington knows about this threat and is doing nothing about it....so there's your politics.
There is obviously a conservative slant to this book because the main characters live in a wealthy small town in North Carolina. The author repeatedly voices his disdain for anyone taking psychotropic medications, heart medications, people who don't exercise and eat properly, prisoners, drug users and pacifists...oh, yeah, and people who live in Florida. He champions the armed services, veterans and diabetics.
In the end the book is nothing but fear mongering to scare the American people into believing that the end of the United States is inevitable when a nuclear bomb is detonated 100 miles in the atmosphere over Utah. What, I would like to ask Mr. Forstchen, would you like me to do about it? If you present a problem then it's only proper to offer a possible solution. As a child of the Cold War I have heard all this fearmongering before when we were told that the USA and the USSR would eventually annhilate each other by launching nuclear weapons. Perhaps an EMP blast will reduce the USA to medieval times, Mr. Forstchen, but I live in Florida and will be dead soon afterward.
That is not to say that I do not believe in the threat of an EMP attack however this book is obvious propaganda that only mentions the science of EMPs in a few rushed paragraphs. Most of the other paragraphs are dictated to critiquing the government for not preparing more to the threat of an EMP attack. The book has a juvenile structure meant to tug at your heartstrings which left me feeling like I was watching FOX rather than listening to a SCi-FI book. It also panders to any republican and even has a forward by Newt Gingrich.
This book to me is #9 in my list of 100 audiobooks I love. I am a former Army Infantryman and I have seen places where this has happened!!
Yes, It spoke of the terrors we all have ever wondered about what if??
Joe Barret brings feeling and honest to God feeling to a topic we all fear.
I cried for Washington for he reminded me of a Sgt. I served under and served us. He was that kind of man and he is missed!!
This book is well written and performed beautifully. It is, however, the single most painful listening experience I have ever had. I was moved to tears several times. The sheer reality of what would or could happen is just horrible. The story is way too believable to be an enjoyable read. If you choose to walk down this road, be strong. Made me want to go to the driving range and hoard bullets and food.
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"One Second After" is a doomsday scenario on what could happened if an Electromagnetic pulse struck us and we needed to defend ourselves. I'm not a prepper and have no fear on a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen because I'm one of the weak and will not be able to survive more than a few days on my own, but this kind of paranoia is not innate in my nature. That being said, I enjoyed William R. Forstchen's rendition of an EMP hitting the States and the whole country goes in the dark and they are back to the stone age.
People turning into cannibals, forcing martial law, and the sick and elderly dying, makes the reader second guess themselves that this could really happen, while being entertained. There is no zombies walking the lands or any outer space life form probing the people.
"One Second After" is just a make believe story of some nuclear weapon dysfunctioning the magnetic waves. I'm not going to argue that an EMP burst could really happen. There are other fears that I'm more afraid of, but the book addresses many issues that we rely too much of our modern ways of living.
"One Second After" reminds me of a different title from Stephen King, but there is no outer space alien putting a dome on a town.
The Turnaround Pastor
The detailed backstory, evidence of expansive research, enriches the story and makes it more believable.
Yes. The story advances through a cascading series of events that continually forced me to ask, "How would I react in this situation?" and so vividly show just how thin the veneer of civilization is.
Some of his efforts at female voices were weak.
I had to write a review on this book which I really liked mostly in response to Cidney from New Orleans. She states that you more or less could ride your bike to work. LOL. What kind of work do you do that operates without power, computers, printers, bathrooms, water, do I need to go on. The emergency generator doesn't work. In the event of an EMP strike there would be no power for perhaps six months to a year. With out the big trucks that you all hate taking up the road you run out of food and water in the grocery stores in three days. Less if panic sets off riots and a rush on the stores.. I am over weight and could lose a few pounds but they say starvation is the most painful horrible way to die. If you have food stored are you ready to protect it from a once friendly neighbor who is out and has to watch his children die slowly. Sure share it is the moral thing to do but then you watch your own die. Then the roving bands of thieves that spring up looking for the weak easy targets. Look what happened at the Super Dome in just a short time after Katrina. Nothing made within the last forty or fifty years will work. Modern farming takes big machinery and a lot of water to feed the people. And how that that is ready for harvest get to market any way. Experts estimate 30% dead in the first few weeks. 50% as the diseases start spreading. This book is right on in every way and to take EMP lightly is folly on your part. No disaster natural or man made to date will match the loss of life on the horizon due to an EMP strike. We spend billions on the junk science of stopping global warming (which to date has not proved to have killed anyone.) when a real danger of biblical proportions is only the push of a button away. Iran, and North Korea know they can not defeat us in a confrontation. They also know the don't have to. They know all about EMP. Do you?