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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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    Timothy D. 08-14-15
    Timothy D. 08-14-15
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    "Thoughtfully added to my, "favorite books," list."

    I loved this book! Spend the credit and make this a priority to listen to, as you will not be disappointed.

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    carter 08-10-15
    carter 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thought provoking and heart wrenching"

    Could not stop listening. Recommended read for anyone wishing to get pulled into a great story. Be warned, though, you may, as I, question your future.

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    David Foley Palo Alto, CA 08-10-15
    David Foley Palo Alto, CA 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put it down."

    It'll change the way you think about the potential of the American Dream in a world with very real and dangerous threats! Couldn't put it down!

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    Tom D Atlanta 08-10-15
    Tom D Atlanta 08-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Great Concept - Terrible Writing"
    Would you ever listen to anything by William R. Forstchen again?

    Probably not.


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

    Barrett does an excellent job keeping his character voices identifiable and distinct. His diction and pace is clear and easy to follow.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from One Second After?

    I don't know that I would have cut any of the scenes. I would have put more effort into making them somewhat realistic. The timeline is too compressed. Some things that Forstchen has happening in a week might *actually* happen after a year - though I kind of doubt it. He would have been well served to have used "The Stand" as a guide on how to imagine his scenario, rather than just going for poorly-framed melodrama.


    Any additional comments?

    How a presumed writer could take an idea so rich with possibility as that of an EMP deployment and turn it into such an overblown, implausible (yet predicable) mountain of gun-worshipping helplessness is beyond me. The power goes out for three days and a mayor is handing down death sentences (by handgun, no less) to petty criminals? Nobody in a North Carolina mountain town knows how to plant a garden? Roving bands of unemployed software developers and public relations managers are reduced selling their bodies for a glass of water inside of a month? Give me - or anyone who's ever managed to survive in a tent for a weekend - a break. Excellent job by a narrator who had, basically, nothing to work with. Sad that I wasted a credit on this one.

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    Robert 07-31-15
    Robert 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional"

    Great insight into a real potential disaster. Good performance and a gripping story. Well worth the buy.

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    Crystal Ann McNabb 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "We need to prevent."

    Loved this book. It really shows we need to prevent this from happening. Our government should take this as our worst threat to our country.

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    Ivan 07-28-15
    Ivan 07-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for anyone who cares about our country!!"

    The story, information, and warning are very well articulated and provides a sobering picture of what very easily could happen to our country. I don't think it's a matter of if but a matter of when something like this happens.

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    Steve H. Draper, UT USA 07-28-15
    Steve H. Draper, UT USA 07-28-15
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    "spooky"

    excellent story with too much plausibility. well worth reading an I highly recommend this book.

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    Sheryl R. 07-27-15
    Sheryl R. 07-27-15
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    "Simply great"

    Everyone should read this book. What a shot of reality. Wil read more from this author.

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    Peter D. Field BEND, OR United States 07-24-15
    Peter D. Field BEND, OR United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent EYE OPENING POSSIBILITY."

    Excellent story of an alternate type of warfare.
    It opened our eyes to the possibilities of a different type of attack. SCARY

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