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One Second After

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Publisher's Summary

In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Michael Austin, TX, United States 09-07-13
    Michael Austin, TX, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nostalgia porn"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're looking for a book that will remind you of all the reasons that the 90s were amazing, this will probably tickle your fancy.


    Has One Second After turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not positive what the genre is, so no.


    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s performance?

    Decent no comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance at the trite and cliched nostalgia. Also the book dated itself at every opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't able to make it past the first hour, but I assume that after Act 1 it was going to get into a Prepper Porn story of why it was a good thing that Mr. Jones had stockpiled [maguffin] since that was the only thing keeping his post apocalyptic colony from being killed off by starvation. From there the story followed the rest of a five act script almost letter perfect.

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    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 09-03-13
    Sherry Oceanside, CA. United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting!"

    Wow, this is a situation I have never really considered but reading this book made me think! I believe the author researched the potential of this calamity actually happening, so I really feel educated as well as entertained.

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    Richard Helotes, TX, United States 08-24-13
    Richard Helotes, TX, United States 08-24-13
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    "An EMP attack, not climate change could destroy us"

    Absolutely chilling because it is absolutely possible. This book masterfully lays out the possible effects of a total collapse in our society. We talked about the possibility of a nuclear strike when I was in the Army and the results of the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), but didn't really do much about it. Hopefully the suppliers are hardening the military electronics. I am pretty sure that can't be said for any civilian electronics, and everything we use in the USA today seems to be tied to electronics in some way or another. Just imagine the loss of all electricity, communications, and transportation. We ALL depend on the National Emergency Broadcast System, but what if our radios no longer worked, or if their transmitters no longer worked. What if we were reduced to walking, riding bicycles, riding horses, or dragging carts? Does anyone know how to grow, harvest, and preserve food, particularly meat? We have all grown to believe that the USA is the land of milk and honey, that food is plentiful and readily available, but what if all means of getting it from the farm to the consumer were wiped out? How long would it be before entire communities were starving? We all depend on the "government" to rescue us from disasters. Look how long it took before aid could get to Katrina victims. That would be miraculous speed given an EMP strike. Some believe enemies should be "bombed back to the Stone Age", and that the USA is immune to this. Simply look at our reliance on electronics and you can see the folly. An EMP strike would instantly stop everything in the areas affected, and that area could be very extensive given a nuclear blast above the atmosphere where line of sight touches everywhere. So WHY are we worried about "climate change" which may or may not be occurring, and whose affects will take hundreds of years rather than an instance?

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    Dr. J. 08-24-13
    Dr. J. 08-24-13

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    "Propaganda"

    Conservative propaganda in an overly sentimental "future history" (self described). Tried to beat me to death with its POV, but I resisted. Narrator wasn't that bad, but not good enough to overcome the platitudes. Don't believe that it's syfy or waste your credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ella Avondale, AZ, United States 08-22-13
    Ella Avondale, AZ, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This is a must read for everyone!"
    Would you listen to One Second After again? Why?

    I will listen to One Second After again. It provides a vivid illustration of how fragile our society is. The book is both terrifying and heart warming. After all is said and done - hope will always remain.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Patriots - I hear it is a similar storyline!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Do you think you know the world around you?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale E E 08-21-13
    Dale E E 08-21-13
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    "The most frightning book you'll ever read!"
    What did you love best about One Second After?

    It is totally plausable that this could happen and then everything we take for granted is gone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    Not really a moment , but the entire book is shocking and seeminly realistic display of how fast society can degrade when survival is all we have to hope for.


    Any additional comments?

    Exellent story and performance. A book that I really wanted to stop reading but could not. It still haunts me when I think about it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Fairhope, AL, United States 08-21-13
    William Fairhope, AL, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Book"
    What did you love best about One Second After?

    I thought this book was a great book for listening in audio format. It was entertaining as well as thought provoking because of the realism of the book's premise. I would recommend this to anyone who is concerned about the next few years. It made my travel time pass by quickly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories realism.


    What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It reminded me of things I had learned in the Army many years ago and had forgotten.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is to long to do that but I would have liked to.


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    Bradley AUBURN, AL, United States 08-09-13
    Bradley AUBURN, AL, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Preparedness Thoughts"

    Good description of what would happen if we had a electronic pulse attack! A good read for anyone who is attempting to get their life better prepared

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    Just A SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 08-08-13
    Just A SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "There are far better books in this genre..."
    What disappointed you about One Second After?

    Bottom line- This book is painted with too many Unrealistic Macho Hollywood type scenes... Patriots by Rawles or Lights Out by Crawford will teach you far more skill and tactics, and they are far more realistic.

    One Second After was ok sometimes, I didn't care for the main character who was painted as some kind of Billy Bob Bad Butt- his tactics were horrible-Such as a time when he walked through the front door onto the front porch with a big pistol when people just drove up and shot the front door with a shotgun.... The book made this sound like the right decision because 'he had been in enough Civil War re-enactments'? Two words - Fatal Funnel.

    However in this Hollywood Book--This ignorant tactic actually worked... He walked right on to the front porch, they did not instantly drop him when he wasl through the fatal funnel the shotgun... He fired his massive macho pistol, and said some macho words and they decided to get back into their car and leave... If this is not an ignorant Hollywood Tactic, then please tell me what is... If this tactic was any worse the name of the book would be called 'Desperado'.

    There are other Hollywood scenes like in a city meeting the Sheriff told him he needed the main Character's car..... The Main Character told the Sheriff to use a bicycle... When the Sheriff again says he needs the car, The Main Character dares the Sheriff to "just try" to take his car. It doesn't even mention that this bad boy was armed at the time...

    I'm not saying I agree with the Sheriff taking the vehicle, however the Sheriff cannot transport criminals, wounded, or sick people on a bike, and a bike is far to slow for emergency response.... But this is hollywood and none of that is mentioned... The Bad Butt just wanted to act macho, and make an excuse for why he could not donate his car when it sounds like everyone else in town donated theirs...

    Also- to think this bad butt could resist the entire Sheriffs Department while he is unarmed in the middle of a town meeting is the epitomy of unrealistic macho arrogance.

    Again- I am not justifying government confiscating whatever they need, but in this case- there was a need, it sounds like everyone else in the comunity donated their working vehicle, and even if this weren't the case-- Jackie Chan taking out 7 guys at once is just TV... If this guy thinks he can fight an entire Sheriff's Dept, in the middle of a City Meeting then he is just an idiot (or a Hollywood Writer)...

    There are other issues as well- If you actually want to learn skills, have a realistic storyline, and you don't need hollywood b.s. Read- "Patriots" by Rawles or "Lights Out" by Crawford:)

    Aside from this, the Narator's male voice is ok.... But the narrator's female voice is very annoying to me...


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    Jedediah kingsport, tn, United States 07-31-13
    Jedediah kingsport, tn, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting Book"
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Thought provoking, life changing


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I felt like I knew the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this book all at one time. I found myself finding time anywhere to listen. I am married with 2 young kids, so time for me is rare (not complaining) would have rather listen to book than watch TV


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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