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One Second After | [William R. Forstchen]

One Second After

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.
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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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    James Price 04-20-15
    James Price 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Something that could happen here in America"

    Great story, especially if you like end days type stories but this one is very possible and could happen, hopefully not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Evridge 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heart wrenching reality check."

    This book is a work of unsurpassable brilliance. I recommend that everyone, not just those who like the science fiction, post apocalyptic genre, read this book. The raw emotion that it conveys will leave the toughest with a lump in their throat. Any patriot that lives to hear a sorry of how America and its people stick together and pull through the worst well also love this one.

    However, like what it is described in both the forward and afterward, this book should not only be thought of as another work of fiction. Though it is that, it should also be taken seriously because this description of a post attack America could come to pass. It's as real of a threat as any other, maybe even more than some.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pettit 04-15-15
    Jeff Pettit 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really makes you think. "

    Very interesting book and the thought that it could possibly happen makes it even more interesting. I could not stop listening to the book till I have completed it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Weissman 04-15-15

    I'm terrible at writing reviews, but I do love to listen to a good book. Been a member since 2006, very happy to be an Audible friend.

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    "One of the scariest books I've ever read"
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    Picture a world that has no power and very little likelihood of the lights ever coming back on. Than know that that this possibility could very easily be accomplished by a number of groups / Countries.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Joe is just a fantastic Reader. Can't say it any better than that.


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

    In a perfect world yes, This would be a one sitting book listen.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Clark 04-14-15
    Scott Clark 04-14-15 Member Since 2014

    I love books. I love the freedom to read books. I love the freedom to say what I want, when I want. If you want that taken, vote DEM.

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    "Too much Government Love"
    Would you try another book from William R. Forstchen and/or Joe Barrett?

    Probably not.


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

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Dont know.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love your government, and how they continue to occupy our country, this book is for you. Yeah, the story is good. But the survivors basically turn into the current regime we call a government. And to add, with Newt Gingrich providing the forward, I should have stopped there. Too much .gov love for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-11-15
    Ryan 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read!!"

    Overall the book is an A+. Narration is perfection, it really helps you grow attached to the characters. Story is something of a masterpiece. With twists and turns that keep you listening for hours. This book should be something of a required read for students in school, because it really does show how well of we are in society, and how much we rely on technology in today's day and age.

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    Maria 04-11-15
    Maria 04-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for all! "

    It really made me think of all the basics we should have in our homes at all times

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    jeff Rye, NH, United States 04-09-15
    jeff Rye, NH, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book eye opening"

    I will never look at a can of food the same. sad and eye opening. time to rely on or selves and not the government to protect our families

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    Chelsea 03-31-15
    Chelsea 03-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty good"

    I recommend but beware of right wing political bias. A well told story and concept of what would occur during EMP attack.

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    Earnie Shoes 03-22-15
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    "Great book overall but drags in places"

    Overall I enjoyed the book but there were a few places it just dragged on a bit and I found myself needing to take a break. The premise was good and the writing extremely good with a good if depressing ending. The epilog was also a nice touch. The last third of the book really picks up so if you can get that far you're good to go.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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