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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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    Mike f. 03-21-15
    Mike f. 03-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "heart tearing but predictable"

    The story was pretty predictable but an emotional story and thought provoking. The narration of the female characters is often laughable

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    Daniel 03-19-15
    Daniel 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Mind opening book."

    Wow, I've heard about the threat of an EMP before, but this books brings it to life. This book makes real the struggle after an EMP event, rather than the distant possibility and statistics that I had considered before.

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    Mary 03-16-15
    Mary 03-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sad but true"

    Awesome book. Second time listening. Truly fascinating because it could actually happen! E.M.P. Attack is the single greatest threat to our highly advanced country. Beware and be aware America!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol J Houghton Lehi, UT, US 03-16-15
    Carol J Houghton Lehi, UT, US 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An eye opener to preparedness"

    While this book is fiction, it creates a scenario that is possible. And, in doing so, it identifies many things necessary to prepare in advance that will help survival rates and comfort should we ever encounter this or other disasters that are possible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Tipton Spencer, WV USA 03-14-15
    Stephen Tipton Spencer, WV USA 03-14-15
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    "must read"

    This was a great book that provides a scenario for a dire future. Weakest part was the narrator's attempt at female voices.

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    Sheltot 03-06-15
    Sheltot 03-06-15
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    "Wake up call"

    This book was both fascinating and terrifying. It makes one contemplate where they would fall in this new world. Very well done.

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    Veronica Kearns 02-18-15
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    "captured me right away"

    Wonderful performance, story was disturbing in the fact it could happen. Would highly recommend this book.

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    Jessica Guelph, ON, Canada 02-17-15
    Jessica Guelph, ON, Canada 02-17-15
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    "Engaging story with a somewhat slow start"

    It took me a bit to get into this story, but once the plot started thickening, it became a pretty gripping look at a possible disaster scenario that the West currently feels pretty immune to.

    Totally superficial annoyance: having two characters in the same family with the names "Jen" and "Jennifer".. Just unnecessary confusion for the listener in the early stages of the book.

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    Robert Fitzgerald 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome"

    Great book an eye opener
    We can all hope that our government understands and hardens the country

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    Barry Canada 02-12-15
    Barry Canada 02-12-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Read it several times"

    I've listened to this book a few times now and have enjoyed it each time.

    This last time was even more impactful as some of the struggles the main character goes through have struck close to home for me. I actually found my heart feeling for him.

    Even the narration was excellent for this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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