Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.
This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.
©2009 William R. Forstchen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[An] entertaining apocalyptic thriller....fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beach will have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise." (Publishers Weekly)
I have literally lost count of how many titles I have purchased on audible. In all of those-this is my first review.
This story was incredible...poignant, heart-breaking, and shocking. All that took place in this book hit home so hard because deep down you know that it could possibly happen.
I cried when they suffered, smiled with them, and cheered when they triumphed over daunting challenges. I highly recommend this title...All in all-A Profoundly Moving 'What If' Story. It would be awesome to have a sequel!!
This was an amazing book. I was aware of the threat of EMP's before reading this book, but after reading this book it makes that already known threat seem even more plausible. The concept can make for a very interesting conversation with a friend. The narration felt as if he was really in the situation. Great book and easy to follow.
I'm very glad that I listened to this book. I actually had to take a day off from it at one point, because I found parts of the story very disturbing. Even if you don't think the premise is credible (a position I would find naive)- it is interesting to think about what the consequences would be of losing the communication, the flow of information, and the conveniences that we rely on daily.
I knew I was in trouble when I read the forward, by Newt Gingrich!
There were so many things wrong with this plodding, heavy-handed, book, which I won't repeat hear since they have already been pointed out in the many, well deserved, negative reviews above.
When I am reading about something I know very little about I take note of the things in the narrative I do know about, which gives me a clue as to how well researched the subject is.
I am a nurse so I took note of the medical aspects of this book. I noted that the author has his nurse character identifying a diabetic, who points out that medical professionals are able to do this; "just by looking", which is nonsense. We also don't say "heart Arrhythmias", we say Cardiac Arrhythmias", and we certainly don't suture infected, 3 day old wounds closed; that 3 days earlier we dressed. I found it interesting that the doctor, who examined the wound later, was impressed with the suture placement.
Based on how poorly the author researched the medical aspects of this story I'm inclined to dismiss much of the rest of what he presented with respect to EMP's for example.
As mentioned in other reviews his characters are not only 2 dimensional but the author has them doing things that are totally out of character For example, our protagonist steps out of character when he enters the nursing home; that is in a deplorable state, and, aggressively, attacks one of only caregivers who has not abandon her patients, demanding to know "the meaning of this", which it's abundantly clear!
Finally, before I deleted this book from my device, I marveled at the mileage that old Edsel was getting because the protagonist drove that old car all over town, and out, for days and it never ran out of gas!
I found it really difficult to take the subject of the story seriously. I was so clichéd and formulaic, with no surprises! In other words "Boring" and insipid!
This story is well created by William Forstchen and the narration by Joe Barrett is outstanding in my opinion. At night, I like to close my eyes and listen to an audiobook on my iPod as I'm falling asleep but the topic of this harrowing tale kept me on edge with survival suspense: the plot was riveting...unsettling...certainly not relaxing, lol, but still very interesting to me.
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
excellent book on disaster preparedness set in a fictional near future, sort of red dawn, road warrior and the postman movies in one book, im sure this will be made into a movie, a realistic view of what will, not maybe, happen should our Great Country devolve into anarchy from war, or similar catastrophe and i dont mean global warming, but a real crisis
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
This Post-Apolyptic end of the US as told in North Carolina is a thin copy of every bad end-of-the-world mixed with "the Commies are Coming" movie I've ever seen. It's hero is a cigarette smoking, fedora wearing, type of 40s college professor who obsesses about his coming lack of smokes as much as about the lack of insulin for his diabetic daughter. His only qualification as lead dude seems to be his reenactment in Civil War Battles every month or so. Therefore they call him Colonel. He's one of the most unrealistic heroes I've ever read. I could not figure out why he was such an admired man..I didn't get his high community value- it sure isn't in his thinking or reasoning ability. He's Average Man, mourning his wives death, living with his mother in law and daughters and functioning poorly as a parent. He makes stupid decisions, doesn't understand his 16 year old daughter just might be having sex or that he ought to take care of his wounded hand..he's Mr Peepers mixed with Maxwell Smart!
Along with lame heroes comes equally lame dialogue..."81 people have died, professor, but everything seems ok." is typical. Now I've been to Asheville, it's full of counter culture people and the hero himself does these Civil War play things. They have lots of horses yet they are choosing to use the horses for food rather than for transportation...that could have just been thrown in for the gross factor to prep the listener for the dog as food part that comes up though.
Publishers blurb says this book was touted "On the floor of Congress" Doesn't say why and I'm left wondering why.
There are too many simplistic lines of dialogue to quote, just for humors sake, but believe me..I did a lot of rolling my eyes and going 'Duh' at many of them.
If you want a good post apologetic book, try the Metatopolis series edited by John Scalzi. The characters in these short stories are, at least, intelligent.
Don't was your credit..it's going back and thank you, Audible for the return offer.
I confess to a weakness for post-apocalyptic novels. Unfortunately, most of them suffer from weak writing and premises that are paper thin. One Second After suffers from neither. Writing, premise, and narration are all excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I didn't care for this reader at first, but by the second section, I was growing fond of him. The book itself is excellent. I have seen criticism of the details - life is DETAILS - if you don't like details, get the Reader's Digest version. Some call it jingoistic - if so, give me a triple helping. This is Mr. Forstchen's finest book so far, and I can agree with Mr. Gingrich's position that everyone should read it, particularly those in law enforcement, public administration, and all state and national representatives and Congress people. It is truly "Alas Babylon" for a new century. The events depicted in this book may never occur, but something comparable, another Katrina, another 9-11, might come about. The whole message is to be prepared to take care of youself, your family and ultimately your community. You'll never look the same way at a full plate of food again.
"This should be a wake up call to everyone."
Think of everything in life your that runs on electricity or that has an electronic circuit of any kind from home appliances to hospital equipment to vehicles. everything in our lives now depends upon something with a circuit. NOW THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE LOSE EVERYTHING WE DEPEND ON.
This novel is what the above scenario is about. This novel is nothing short of a wake up to call to everyone, government's especially, as to what would happen in the event of a terrorist (or rogue state) using Electro-Magnetic Pulse as a weapon. EMP IS NOT Science Fiction. It is real and has been proven. But no country is prepared.
This novel revolves around a small mountain town in Carolina, which is cut off, like all other towns and cities, when a nuclear device is set off at high altitude over the USA destroying everything electronic throughout the north american continent. It is the story of how the town has only itself and it's limited resources to rely on. How the town suffers agonising losses and has to make heartbreaking decisions in order to survive. It shows how life without the technology we depend upon will throw us back to the dark ages.
This is as thought provoking as it is shocking and everyone, from the ordinary man or women to high ranking politicians, should read this.
This may be a work of fiction but it is a very real possibility.
"First audio book and I really enjoyed it."
Believable story with decent characters. One of the best post apocalyptic readings I have ever enjoyed.
"Shocking and thought provoking"
Well thought out and executed. However I feel the narrator's voice and delivery was ill suited particularly for the female parts and lacked range and scope. For the European reader the American apple pie nature of the first fee chapters may grate, but once the disaster strikes the novel takes shape. Great listen.
This is a great book. Well written, well paced and with strong characters you evolve throughout the book.
Ignore the reviews which mention an overdose of American patriotism - the book is set in an area where there are a lot of patriots and with a strong christian background. If these weren't in the book then it wouldn't be a true representation of the area or the people.
Full of strategies, leadership, tehnical and historical information blend into an emotional novel that will make you weep, lough and most of all will make you THINK.
"good book. recommended."
not the best I've read but it is up there with best. different to other books like this I've read as it focuses on one place and time moves quite slowly as day to day. Didn't like how the actual war was generalised and summarised as my emotions didn't get chance to connect and Mourne as big characters died they were just mentioned as an after thought. not my favourite book but I would recommend.
"I'm heading down to Tesco ......."
I don't know about "Like" - but it was a brilliant book. YES... very Americatastic... but once you get past that - i hate to say it - but this was a book that is horribly close to the truth of what would probably happen in the event of an EMP event. Horribly realistic. FANTASTIC NARRATOR. All i can say is its a good thing that Tesco is open 24/7... i'm picking up some extra cans of beans, vitamins, water, more water, aspirin. Generator anyone?
When the main character read the story to his dying daughter.... and then went to kill the last family dog for food for his family....
His accent so kept it real. Massively conveyed the finality of so many of the decisions they all had to face
Yes... massively. had to stop and almost cry in many parts. Horrified by the brutality of humans. The end... so wasn't the end....
Prepare to be moved but if you don't like abject American patriotism... avoid.
"A frightening possibility"
I found this book absorbing, it gave a good insight into the more rural culture of America, the pace of life what we here in England might have referred to as village life.
What was alarming was the speed that all of the nicety was swept aside in the name of survival.
In the book you had strong leadership and a community for the best part worked together, this however is not mirrored by others and the horrors of war are all to real.
This is a horrifying tale that is far to close to the true but should be read.
"not for atheists"
If you can ignore the political religious polemic the story is interesting listen. The story at times is a critique of liberal America.
"Wow. what a fantastic listen."
this is apocalyptic audio at its very best. well written and utterly believable. closest thing to Earth Abides that I have found. when I have finished this, I will be listening tonight again.
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