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)
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
I'd mention it, but s for a recommendation, I'm not sure. This book was recommended to me, and i guess his and my views of an 'excellent' story differ, so i guess if the person i was talking to W's into it, then sure.
I don't want to give much away, but Jennifer's and Gingers last scenes of the book.
I really didn't have a favorite.
Ginger. I say more, I'll ruin it for everyone.
Though the concept of this book is gripping and plausable, i feel a little disappointed. The writing was done all in John's perspective...a character i felt WA not introduced enough and found myself wondering how it is he got the position he did;;why he knew the people he did, why military men turned down their roles to let a history professor with barely any field experience rule the town.
John and his family, though they had their own troubles, seemed a little too mary-jane, but not enough to stop me from getting attached to a few eamily memberrs as it hit close to home should it ever happen.
The author used a bunch of 'it reminded him of this scene from this movie' comparisons, which rattled my nerves as it seemed every paragraph had one.
I also found it was quite fortellable, a well; the foreshadowing happening without much time to forget about it, or even sink in.
The narrator did an excellent job, however, so I'm rather pleased with that and would listen to another story done by him.
Overall, don't go into the book expecting action, as morethan half of it is listening to the people in charge groan over how they'll help the community survive.
This was a very plausible story, the setting seemed appropriate and the characters felt very real.
Yes!! The plot keep me on the edge of the seat because I never knew which way it would turn, either good or bad.
I lost a lot of sleep becaus I could not put it down
I listen to a lot of apocalyptic literature and this was one of the better ones.
The author successful paints a realistic and sobering picture of what happens when the lights go out in a society that has become completely dependent upon electricity and technology to meet even our most basic needs. In keeping with this purpose of educating the public on this real threat (think North Korea), the author does not offer up false hope at the end of the book. Instead he shows that life will go on, but will be incredibly hard for generations. The forward by Newt Gingrich is worth listening to, regardless of your politics.
I hope that the movie - if it is ever released - will hold true to the author's intend of educating the public through story.
I did not particularly like the narrator's voice, but it did not detract from the story and I would consider purchasing another book that is read by him.
Yes. The world needs to hear things like this
The whole book is as scary as its is informative. I Really liked that the story is set close to where I live.
All were great.
Yes, to many emotions to truly just to pick one.
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.
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