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One Second After Audiobook

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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    CHARLES 12-16-15
    CHARLES 12-16-15
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    "Scary and plausible"

    Grabbed my attention. Probably a much gentler version than would happen in real life! Scary

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    Timothy DeGraaff 12-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing read"

    This has to be one of the best books I've read in a long time. It will make you think very hard about the things we take for granted everyday. It will make you look deep inside yourself and wonder who the true you would be in this situation. Read it. Learn from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Los Angelos, CA, United States 12-15-15
    Don Los Angelos, CA, United States 12-15-15 Member Since 2007

    Techno-Thrillers, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp fan!

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    "a must read"

    excellent novel. Scary good!!!
    very difficult to hear about the likely effect of an EMP.
    Story makes it hard to decide to live along either coast and makes easy to understand what the "Preppers" mindset is all about.

    they might not be quite as weird as many people make them out to be

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    Amanda 12-14-15
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    "An important message from a difficult perspective"

    The narration from the first person perspective of the aging former military man is imperative to understand the gravitas of the situation, but also extremely limited in many ways not to mention, the author isn't great at depicting believable, positive, and fleshed out female characters.

    It's made clear that the point of this novel is to draw attention to a major weakness and to inspire action in rectifying the problem, however, there were many times when this inability to maintain believable characters almost turned me off to the story completely. The message is important, it should be told better in order to reach more people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Thompson Wilmington, DE USA 12-13-15
    T. Thompson Wilmington, DE USA 12-13-15 Member Since 2014

    tevist

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    "Made me want to start a bunker!!!!!!!"

    Scary in its realism! This is exactly how the end will come! Great book with compelling characters.

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    Charles 12-08-15
    Charles 12-08-15
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    "One hell of a book will get hard copy"

    fantastically read love the book bought a paper copy I love how they Incorporated real survival information truly a great book and it gets you thanking

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    TPric Newport News, VA United States 12-08-15
    TPric Newport News, VA United States 12-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre at best."
    What would have made One Second After better?

    The characters were really shallow. The protagonist is supposed to be liked by the other characters but we don't even know why.


    What could William R. Forstchen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less god, less 'Merica, less vets>others. More action.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was ok.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise is good but that's about it.


    Any additional comments?

    There is way to much praying and flag waving for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce R. Giardino Gilcrest, Colorado 12-08-15
    Bryce R. Giardino Gilcrest, Colorado 12-08-15 Member Since 2015

    Jack of all trades, Master of None

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    "scary story line of what could happen"

    I really like this book the narrator was really good to me wish and I had to drive a lot farther so I can listen longer during the day. But it just kind of scared me to see how I'm prepared we are if something this whatever happen.

    I remember a quote "pray for peace but prepare for war"

    just really hope it doesn't happen.

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    Deborah Baker 12-07-15
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    "this is my favorite apocalyptic book"

    the author does a great job taking your through the moments and months after the lights go out. He delves into the deepest parts of the human psyche when faced with adversity and shows how some become more human while others become animals. Joe Barnett does a superb job narrating.

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    T Potter 12-04-15
    T Potter 12-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be a required read for the government!!"

    This story, even though fiction, should be read by every person in the government. This story is a vision of our future if things aren't changed. Get prepared for the inevitable.

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  • Andrew
    Chinnor, United Kingdom
    1/8/15
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    "Disturbing and Very Irritating"

    I selected this audio book because the post-apocalyptic nature of the story appealed to me (saddo that I am...)

    However it has a number of genuine challenges - which very nearly led to me throwing the towel in the first few hours of listening (frankly this was not helped by a foreword from Newt Gingrich).

    - The narrative is peppered with endless patriotic "God Bless America", "America is the best", "we will endure because we are Americans" comments. These might be heart warning to Americans - for me, their frequency really irritated. And it comes across as slightly smug - from a nation that, whatever they might think, do not have a monopoly on freedom and democracy.

    - There are constant references to soldiers, veterans, the military. I don't mean in a "grab a gun, the zombies are coming (they aren't)" sort of way. I mean in a "The American military and vets in particular are wonderful and we all owe them so much". I'm not saying they are not and that they (Americans) don't owe them. But be prepared to listen to a lot of it.

    - The book is sort of like a report on the consequences of "the event which happens in the story" converted into a novel - but still sounding somewhat like a report.

    What I will say in its favour is that it really does punch home some of the real day to day issues that almost certainly would be endured by people facing this sort of scenario. It has made me consider buying a lot of food in bulk and hiding at the end of my garage waiting for the world to collapse.

    I don't think the book is well written in terms of the characters and the narrative framework - it is somewhat disjointed - the author is certainly no Stephen King.

    In summary - this IS a post-apocalyptic story. It does go on and on about how wonderful America is. It's really just a warning about what might happen if America doesn't prepare for the worst.

    If you want an atmospheric end of the world read - I would say this probably should not be top of your list (try Station 11 if you've not read that).

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • BillyBlackBear
    South Wales
    3/21/14
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    "Are you prepared?"

    I love this genre but this was my first EMP novel and I wasn't disappointed it has loads of detail about the breakdown of civilisation that makes the scenario so much more real. My only complaint is that the author felt they had to add in the America forever strap lines which left me cold but overall a very good read if you like this sort of thing

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    Galway, Ireland
    8/9/11
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    "A shocking look at how fragile our civilisation is"

    If all of our modern conveniences were taken away in a split second how long would it take our society to unravel? How long would it take civilisation to revert to savagery?
    This book is a disturbing what if scenario which could become reality all too easily if not though EMP as depicted in this work then by other means such as economic collapse.
    A truly riveting story which is shocking and disturbing along which some devastatingly heart-breaking moments.
    This book will definitely leave you thinking, if not change your outlook on our times.

    A Five Star Listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Wilson
    5/26/11
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    "Startling"

    This book really does well at demonstrating how dependent we have become on our electrical devices and gives an impression of how life would be if they were all suddenly taken away. If you enjoyed watching Jericho (or any other apocalyptic fiction) you will love this. Parts of this book will excite you, others will depress you, death is inevitable throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miko
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    6/7/14
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    "Assumptions and American Superpatriotism"

    I'm afraid my opinion of this book differs greatly from so many of the other reviewers - I found myself annoyed throughout. The author obviously did his research on certain topics, but others he completely neglected and important parts of the story were based on weak assumptions. That added to the intense American nationalism and Deep South Republican attitude just left me shaking my head. I'll be taking Audible up on their lovely return policy and this is the first book I'll ever have returned based on pure dislike. The only good thing I can say for it is the narrator was fine.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    7/1/10
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    "Best of the Genre"

    I have listened to a few in this genre and this is the first that has managed to stir my emotions. Great story, well narrated and frighteningly easy to put yourself and your family in the story. Superb.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matt L.
    12/21/16
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    "Great Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Bembridge, United Kingdom
    10/2/15
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    "Thought provoking storyline"
    What did you like most about One Second After?

    The book explores our modern dependency on technology and how vulnerable we become without it. The difficulties caused by an electronic meltdown were well explored, even down to areas such as those who are medication dependant as well as the more obvious issues such as food, water and power.


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

    The book revolves very much around the lead character his family and their town so in that respect, tends not to compare to other books of the genre I have read. This book explores the disaster at the local level. If it were to happen, we would all experience the same issues.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I loved this narrator for his soft accent, good diction and measured pace.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book does tug at the heart strings but would have done so much more with less schmaltz and a big lid on the patriotic We are Americans stuff. I understood what the author was trying to say with it but it was too heavy handed especially as the people causing all the trouble were also Americans too!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book but felt that it missed the opportunity to be taken a bit more seriously and that is a shame. As with so many books today, I felt some of the story and the writing was sacrificed for the movie the author was hoping for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Mac
    Scotland
    2/19/14
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    "Pray it never happens"
    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best book I've listened to for a while. Perhaps ever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book must've been good as I found myself talking about its scenarios over dinner, wondering to myself what *I* would do in a similar situation and getting emotional more than once as the story progressed. I guess it's really immersive - perhaps more so as an audio book, aided partly by the narrator's performance, which never pulled me out of the story once.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pray it never happens


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen reviews of the paper book criticising the grammar. But as a 'read' book I never noticed any of this so I'm glad that I listened to it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy McD London
    London, England
    12/2/13
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    "Superb listen!"
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling! Thought Provoking!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John - a normal, caring individual


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

    Makes John come to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moving moments - found myself crying as I drove


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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