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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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    Danny G. 04-05-13
    Danny G. 04-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I agree with Cidney from New Orleans"

    This is a really good, highly improbably, very scary story. The author must have either left out some of the more important technical effects of an EMP event, or the story should play out differently. Unless each house's internal wiring was fried, then there is no doubt that many of those with diesel and/or propane generators would have been fine for weeks or months. Between the DeRecho and Sandy last year we lost power for 10 days, and I heard generator's running all around me. In those 10 days I used less than 1/4 of my generator's diesel tank and I keep enough extra diesel to refill the tank twice. In my rural part of VA this is not too unusual so I expect people in the hills of rural NC to be similarly self sufficient and better able to deal with the loss of grid power. If each house's internal wiring does get fried during the EMP event, then I would expect electrical fires in almost all homes and so would have expected the entire town and countryside to go up in smoke starting one second after the begining of the book, and the story would have been much scarier.

    It is also fairly common even among the non-preppers in rural areas like mine to have a 1 - 2 month supply of non-perishable food stored, in addition to second refridgerator and a freezer full of beef, pork, chicken, and venison. I'm absolutely certain as well that many of these folks have wood or propane smokers and dehydrators and all know how to preserve meat in the absence of refridgeration. At any rate, the author's pessimistic view of how long the townfolk could hold out without grocery shopping seems unrealistic. However, since our generators would probably be working that wouldn't be necessary anyway.

    The description of issues with sewage and drinking water definitely got me thinking. While the sewer issue isn't one I have to deal with, a complete loss of power with no backup generation possibilities would be devastating to many in rural environments where an underground well provides drinking water to each single family home. The water in many of these wells is too deep to reach digging with a shovel, and other options might not present well. At any rate - water is definitely an issue in this scenario, and the author did a fine job of making that point. Now I'm getting a bit nervous and am hopeful at least one of my generators is still operational so I can occasionally run the well pump. Of course I also don't know if my well pump got fried duing the EMP event since the author doesn't provide some fo the more important technical effects as I mentioned in the first paragraph, so maybe having a working generator won't matter unless I had a spare well pump stored in a faraday cage.

    So although I disagree with the high degree of effect a downed power grid would have on an average rural community, and I also find the timeline of events to be far too accelerated, I can't argue about the migrations of people from urban areas and the potential for human tragedy that the author describes. Certainly those events present a great deal of potential and are the scariest part of the book anyway.

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    David Monahans, TX, United States 04-04-13
    David Monahans, TX, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    Would you try another book from William R. Forstchen and/or Joe Barrett?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from William R. Forstchen? Why or why not?

    Well Writen


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did One Second After inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, worry a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    If you do not want the truth get a different book.

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    Timorell Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 04-01-13
    Timorell Dingmans Ferry, PA, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Combination fictional docu-drama and sermon"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. The threat of an EMP attack is haunting and interesting. The public should know more. I would warn that it's certainly not an uplifting story.

    I grew up not far from the book's location so much of this aspect is on target. That said, the characters range from being under to significantly over developed.

    In essence, the book is a vehicle to shake a finger at society for ignoring the EMP threat. You glean very little about human nature other than we're all one second away from turning on each other. Maybe we are, but I could have read about this in a Time magazine article rather than fabricate a story around it where the good people are always good and the bad folk are bad--might as well pass around white and black hats.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh, OK. Much too much preaching.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if there were better sub-plots.


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    hunner woodburry , TN 04-01-13
    hunner woodburry , TN 04-01-13
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    "this book was good! i loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    yes. for me i cant read that good but i love books i am dyslexic so is great to listen to boos so when i am going to work i can turn on my phone and listen that easy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that this could happen


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    the Sgt he was the best for me


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    i am 19 and a survivalist so i got a lot out of this book. i love this book i listen to this again and again

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    Philip Lester 03-26-13
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    "Scary book"

    This book will make you think about the "What if", my wife and I have been talking about it since I listen to the book a few days ago.

    The writing could have been better, when you read the book nothing really happen that your not expecting. Everybody that dies, your are expecting to die. I often question why the writer took the path he did in writing the story. The writer could have added more depth to the people in the book.

    I like the book, but its one of those that once you finish it, you wont listen to it again.

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    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 03-25-13
    Glenn spokane, wa, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Scary!!"

    This is essential reading for those who wish to be extremely nervous. Normally I'm a pretty relaxed person ... currently I'm walking around in a panic at how vulnerable we all are. Great Book!! (?)

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    Rhonda 03-21-13
    Rhonda 03-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What Would You Do?"

    I consider this the modern classic of Alas Babylon. The possibility of civiliztion being sent back to cave man days in a instant is a very real scenario. and the fact that our own government has done virtually nothing to harden the power grid & electronics in our country is very troubling. Gives a very realistic story of how quickly civility/humanity is lost when survival is your only goal.

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    Daniel Juckette Corrales, NM, United States 03-18-13
    Daniel Juckette Corrales, NM, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011

    I discovered audio books when my required reading for my profession left me with no time to read for pleasure. Now every chore is a read.

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    "" not with a bang, but with a whimper " is scarier"
    What did you love best about One Second After?

    This was the most probable and grimly realistic of the many Doomsday scenarios kicking around in the collective psyche. The ramifications for fatalities in the first 30 days are explicitly clear. The loss of mass communication will have inconceivable consequences for our culture and our way of life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The " blinders off" description of our first month without electricity and mass communication.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    The Protagonist. I think few communities would have such a person. Fewer still would listen.


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

    Yes. It captured all of my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Completely changed my "Prepper Plan"

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    Pam 03-15-13
    Pam 03-15-13
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    "Right Wing Drivel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The topic was worthy - the electromagnetic pulse ( via nuclear explosion) potential to cause such havoc in our country. Too bad most of the narrative had to do with political and cultural sniping.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William R. Forstchen again?

    No The story line could have been wrritten by a junior high student - - hardly a creative, well considered plot. It sounded far more like "agenda" than interesting thought-provoking story.


    What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s performance?

    Performance is fine


    What character would you cut from One Second After?

    Every bubba boy in it. Southerner's were so stereotypically cast. If I was from the South, I would be irritated by this.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this was so highly rated and I wasted a credit on it. I could have read this scare story for free via the mail from the Heritage Foundation or American's For Prosperity.

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    Wayne United States 03-11-13
    Wayne United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Thought Provoking Novel"
    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One Second After is an alarming story that bring to your attention the vulnerability of our present techological society. It almost makes you want to join the survivalist clan.


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