I am a middle aged woman with an open mind and many interests, my reading/listening moods change like my teen-age daughter changes her clothes.
I listened to this book 4 times, not because of its hellish, ruthless, and so primitive survival ways after a major catastrophe like an electrical magnetic pulse (EMP), but because it really made me think about my own life and how we would survive thrown back into the dark ages. I bring so many life experiences to this scenario (Retired Army Major, advanced nurse, gardener/farmer, mother, wife, and friend), but I cannot imagine living in a world without electricity, fresh water, law and order, medications or a dang grocery store. I was so drawn to listening to this book so many times because I did not want to miss anything; I wanted to imagine myself (and my family and friends) in this world so that I could see where we need to make changes in our current lives to make them more simple, meaningful and capable of surviving any type of catastrophe even if it is for a few month or years. We have come so far with regards to technology, where is the breaking point and what will it take and is it worth the fight to start over or just survive?
I came across a random review of this book and thought I would give it a chance. While this story does a good job of outlining social decline on a massive level in the event of a crisis it managed to do so in a pretentious way that comes off as preachy rather than informative. There were parts of this story that were poignant and touching, the effect was overshadowed by the stereotypical and predictable characters and actions presented by the author.
The narrator did a great job and made this book much more palatable. I can say in honesty I would not have made it through this book if I was reading it in print.
Outstanding story. It will draw you in. Makeyou think... And make you cry.
The book has many moments.
It was an okay book - kept your attention, but not much different from some of the movies out there.
When it first happened and everyone realized what was going on.
Have seen several.
Audible version is fine. No need for any visuals.
Covering / explaining a possible time line to the deterioration of societal breakdown. And making aware the very threat of a possible EMP attack and how ill prepared we are for a devastating attack.
Narration was great; no issues.
Tried to but it is very long, but if I had the time I would listen for as long as I could
I have not read the print version but the narration in the audio book was very good with unique and believable voicing for the many varied characters.
There are memorable moments but it would be unfair to future readers of the book to give any hint of how the story unfolds.
No, this is a book I could not take in one sitting - too depressing and disturbing the story. Many times I was tempted to abandon the book but I am glad that, chapter by chapter, I did finish it.
"One Second After" reminded me of a Stephen King horror novel but without a supernatural element to place the story, comfortingly just beyond the reader's reality. "One Second After" is based on a real technological possibility and a spectrum of very believable human behaviors - that's what makes it so scary!
This is an important book. It will make readers think - and many, many people need to think about the premise of this story.
This is a really good, highly improbably, very scary story. The author must have either left out some of the more important technical effects of an EMP event, or the story should play out differently. Unless each house's internal wiring was fried, then there is no doubt that many of those with diesel and/or propane generators would have been fine for weeks or months. Between the DeRecho and Sandy last year we lost power for 10 days, and I heard generator's running all around me. In those 10 days I used less than 1/4 of my generator's diesel tank and I keep enough extra diesel to refill the tank twice. In my rural part of VA this is not too unusual so I expect people in the hills of rural NC to be similarly self sufficient and better able to deal with the loss of grid power. If each house's internal wiring does get fried during the EMP event, then I would expect electrical fires in almost all homes and so would have expected the entire town and countryside to go up in smoke starting one second after the begining of the book, and the story would have been much scarier.
It is also fairly common even among the non-preppers in rural areas like mine to have a 1 - 2 month supply of non-perishable food stored, in addition to second refridgerator and a freezer full of beef, pork, chicken, and venison. I'm absolutely certain as well that many of these folks have wood or propane smokers and dehydrators and all know how to preserve meat in the absence of refridgeration. At any rate, the author's pessimistic view of how long the townfolk could hold out without grocery shopping seems unrealistic. However, since our generators would probably be working that wouldn't be necessary anyway.
The description of issues with sewage and drinking water definitely got me thinking. While the sewer issue isn't one I have to deal with, a complete loss of power with no backup generation possibilities would be devastating to many in rural environments where an underground well provides drinking water to each single family home. The water in many of these wells is too deep to reach digging with a shovel, and other options might not present well. At any rate - water is definitely an issue in this scenario, and the author did a fine job of making that point. Now I'm getting a bit nervous and am hopeful at least one of my generators is still operational so I can occasionally run the well pump. Of course I also don't know if my well pump got fried duing the EMP event since the author doesn't provide some fo the more important technical effects as I mentioned in the first paragraph, so maybe having a working generator won't matter unless I had a spare well pump stored in a faraday cage.
So although I disagree with the high degree of effect a downed power grid would have on an average rural community, and I also find the timeline of events to be far too accelerated, I can't argue about the migrations of people from urban areas and the potential for human tragedy that the author describes. Certainly those events present a great deal of potential and are the scariest part of the book anyway.
Yes, worry a bit.
If you do not want the truth get a different book.
Maybe. The threat of an EMP attack is haunting and interesting. The public should know more. I would warn that it's certainly not an uplifting story.
I grew up not far from the book's location so much of this aspect is on target. That said, the characters range from being under to significantly over developed.
In essence, the book is a vehicle to shake a finger at society for ignoring the EMP threat. You glean very little about human nature other than we're all one second away from turning on each other. Maybe we are, but I could have read about this in a Time magazine article rather than fabricate a story around it where the good people are always good and the bad folk are bad--might as well pass around white and black hats.
Eh, OK. Much too much preaching.
Only if there were better sub-plots.
yes. for me i cant read that good but i love books i am dyslexic so is great to listen to boos so when i am going to work i can turn on my phone and listen that easy!
the fact that this could happen
the Sgt he was the best for me
i am 19 and a survivalist so i got a lot out of this book. i love this book i listen to this again and again