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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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    Bob 05-31-11
    Bob 05-31-11
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    "Eye opener on the unthinkable."

    It is possible that the events in this book could happen. How probable is anyones guess. But if an EMP attack ever did occur, this is most likely an example of what would unfold in our advanced, but fragile economic system. A system where the local farms are gone, computers are components of virtually every appliance, and where we all live in the blacktopped electrical/electronic social networked biosphere of today. Don't even think of driving your BMW from the burbs to MY neck of the woods when this were to happen. Read it to see what YOUR fate would be!
    But seriously, it was an informative thought provoking read that illustrates just how vunerable we really have become under advanced technology. If we ever get into another desperate world war such as WWI and II, this would be a highly probable event for one side or the other if not both. High altitude EMP bursts over enemy territories have been in the military doctrine of all nuclear powers since the 50's when we were much less dependant on the technology of today.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Santa Fe, TX, USA 09-16-09
    Marc Santa Fe, TX, USA 09-16-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Interesting hypothesis"

    Forstchen presents an interesting hypothesis in an almost believable way. An excelent example of the Post Apocalyptic genre and a fun science fiction yarn set in the present day.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Queen Creek, AZ, USA 05-21-09
    Nathan Queen Creek, AZ, USA 05-21-09
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    "A must read!"

    Makes you think.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-20-09
    Jason 05-20-09
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    "Much better than "The Road""

    While they are both different types a nuclear war they are the same. In the road the bombs actually hit the ground and burn everything and the landscape is all dead and there is no possible end other than death.
    In One second after we have to reinvent ourselves to be smarter to live off of the land and deal with what that would mean if we were suddenly moved to the 19th century.
    And it should be required reading in school.






    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Francine B. Struve STOCKTON, CA USA 05-06-09
    Francine B. Struve STOCKTON, CA USA 05-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A MUST READ!!!!"

    THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED BY EVERY STUDENT TO READ.
    I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. FROM THE MOST SMALLEST DETAIL OF LIFE WITHOUT.... THIS MAY BE OUR FUTURE. WE MUST KNOW IT ALL.... SCARY, DEEP,
    TEARFUL READING. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 04-25-10
    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 04-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Should have known"

    I should have known if Newt Gingrich is doing the intro something was up. Southern town, christian college, everybody is a hero (except the city folk), simplistic characters, reads like Republican propaganda for more fear mongering.
    One of those books you keep hitting fast forward to make it through.

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Boardman, OH, USA 04-10-10
    Daniel Boardman, OH, USA 04-10-10
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    "Just ok - at best"

    I was immediately turned off when i started listening and realized that newt gingrich wrote and narrated the forward. Then when the narrator tried to do a little girls voice i literally cringed. Got about an hour into it and just couldn't take the "voices" the guy was trying to do. Just read the damn story, it's not a freeking play!! It wasn't written as a theatrical production and, therefore, it should not be read as such. When will these audio publishers get that through their skulls.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Seattle, WA, USA 04-03-09
    Pamela Seattle, WA, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Waste of credits"

    I wish I had read the reviews more carefully before I wasted my credit on this. I was hoping that it would be entertaining, if a bit propagandistic. Instead it's heavy-handed, unrealistic, and just plain awful.

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    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 05-14-13
    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A warning. Not really a story."

    This book compares itself to Alas Babylon, but the two books have little in common. This book is very depressing. No happy ending is possible. Most of the book is four guys sitting around a table trying to figure out what to do, and husbanding their last cigarettes. There is no attempt at suspense or adventure. Most of the climax is talked about in the past tense. The moral of the story is pounded home incessantly. I do think that the book is realistic, but I could get this information from an article without the constant negative emotion.

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    Mimi2eight GBC, Texas 09-10-12
    Mimi2eight GBC, Texas 09-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Wasted Credit. Wasted Time"
    What disappointed you about One Second After?

    Everything. The writing was awful. I should have read listeners' reviews before ordering.
    I usually do and have been so happy with the books that have gotten good reviews.


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

    Yes!


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better story would have helped


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yevgeny
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    2/20/12
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    "First audio book and I really enjoyed it."

    Believable story with decent characters. One of the best post apocalyptic readings I have ever enjoyed.
    Good narration.
    Recommend :)

    2 of 2 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
  • 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

    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
  • Kathleen
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    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
  • Wzl
    East London, South Africa
    12/1/13
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    "Thought Provoking"

    An excellent book which I have recommended to many friends. The manner in which modern life rapidly collapses is thought provoking to say the least!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pete
    BUILTH WELLS, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "The end of the world as we know it."
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    Civilisation calapses. Endure........


    What did you like best about this story?

    The drama and the potential that it is feasible.


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

    Great representation of characters.


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

    Eating his dog...I was gutted


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable, and will make you think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    gloucesterUnited Kingdom
    10/24/10
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    "This should be a wake up call to everyone."

    Think of everything in life your that runs on electricity or that has an electronic circuit of any kind from home appliances to hospital equipment to vehicles. everything in our lives now depends upon something with a circuit. NOW THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE LOSE EVERYTHING WE DEPEND ON.

    This novel is what the above scenario is about. This novel is nothing short of a wake up to call to everyone, government's especially, as to what would happen in the event of a terrorist (or rogue state) using Electro-Magnetic Pulse as a weapon. EMP IS NOT Science Fiction. It is real and has been proven. But no country is prepared.

    This novel revolves around a small mountain town in Carolina, which is cut off, like all other towns and cities, when a nuclear device is set off at high altitude over the USA destroying everything electronic throughout the north american continent. It is the story of how the town has only itself and it's limited resources to rely on. How the town suffers agonising losses and has to make heartbreaking decisions in order to survive. It shows how life without the technology we depend upon will throw us back to the dark ages.

    This is as thought provoking as it is shocking and everyone, from the ordinary man or women to high ranking politicians, should read this.

    This may be a work of fiction but it is a very real possibility.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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