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)
The thought that we as a country are probably not ready for this type of distruction. The death of the United States Of America.
The discription of life after "normal".
Yes, but I Could not because of my lifestyle.
I Hope those in charge have something to protect us from this happening, but I dought it unless they can all profit from it on a very large scale.
I have in fact recommended this to friends many times. A lesson told in a fictional story is sometimes easier to get people to see, consider, and accept.
I also listened to Patriots, another story of survival after disaster in America.
Yes, I lingered everytime I had to break off my listen.
Just the "what if" of the story. Every angle was covered in detail. It was extremely scary to imagine life without electricity. Especially since my technical job requires electricity. This was a good scary story that makes you think you should start preparing for the end of life as we know it and to learn a trade that does not require electricity.
Dark Angel, Alas Babylon. Both deal with major devastation.
He gave it a realistic feel. Many times I thought of him as the main character.
Yes, it got me concerned about a future without the technology I am so used to. It made me think that I should prepare for the end of civilization.
A great story. I recommended this to my friends.
I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books
This story is simple in it's premise and complicated in it's impact on the characters. The basic experience is: What happens when the EMP effect destroys the American way of liffe? No electricity, no transportation, no grocery or department stores, no entertainment dvd,tv, movies, music cds,computers; everything we now depend upon is lost. How do we live? The story pulls it punches by using a small town. But the characters are believable. Good resolution.
One Second After is a good "end of the world" story.
good characters. readers care about them
The End of American Life.
The end of sociiety, the end of trust, the end of hope. And the human power to return to civilization.
Scary (but not in the traditional sense,) riveting, disturbing
Yes, it was hard to get it out of my mind after reading it. I couldn't put it down!!
This book has a great story, while also portraying what life might be like if things were to get out of control in our world. It's disturbing to think about, but the story just grabs you!
Very much so. Wanted to always know what happened next.
You won't be disappointed.
It showed how unprepared we are for the potential challenges we face as a nation and how quickly society as we know it would fall apart without very strong leadership
The Stand - the world facing horrors beyond our imagination. People making decisions that are truly life and death.
I have not, but I really liked his delivery
yes - when Jennifer died
I have already recommended this book to friends and they are reading it. I find myself asking "What if it happened right now?" as I go about my daily life. Very thought provoking.
This book has lodged in my brain and I will never be the same. I found it hard to sleep a couple of nights thinking how I would handle the situations presented in the book.
There is a feeling of reality to the story that is difficult it these days of overblown horror novels.
Say something about yourself!
This is the only audio book I have listened to twice AND bought from the bookstore as a gift for a friend. The first time I listened to it I thought, "That was really fantastic!!" Then I read "Alas, Babylon" and was surprised (and a little disappointed) to find out that "One Second After" was SO similar that there were some sections that were word for word. However, that did not stop me from listening a second time; I still enjoyed it tremendously. I would say that One Second After would be the PG-13/R rated version of "Alas, Babyon". There is a significant amount of profanity and some of the violence is pretty graphic but it is not out of line with the premise. Also, I will now listen to anything Joe Barrett reads.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
This story is about John and his two daughters who live in a small town when an EMP hits. There is no electricity or technology changing everything! John who is well regarded in his town helps with the survival of this disaster.
I thought the book was very intriguing and it really gave you a lot to think about. It had a lot of good information in it, so much so that it could probably be used as an instruction manual for small town survival if something like this did happen.
The storyline is thick with a lot of events and characters and it was hard for me to stop listening at times when I should have been doing other things. Joe Barrett was a great narrator which made it an easy listen.
I did have one gripe; the author would go into great detail on town meetings or how they were going to set up a food cache and then he would totally skip over the birth of a child from a main character. I wanted to know more about the birth of that child then how big and where they were going to set up a food cache. However, it’s still a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes post apocalyptic thrillers.
"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).
"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.
"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
"First audio book and I really enjoyed it."
Believable story with decent characters. One of the best post apocalyptic readings I have ever enjoyed.
"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
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.
"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.
"Thought provoking storyline"
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.
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.
I loved this narrator for his soft accent, good diction and measured pace.
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!
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.
"Pray it never happens"
Best book I've listened to for a while. Perhaps ever.
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.
Pray it never happens
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!
Enthralling! Thought Provoking!
John - a normal, caring individual
Makes John come to life.
Several moving moments - found myself crying as I drove
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