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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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    Lloyd Streamwood, IL, United States 02-24-12
    Lloyd Streamwood, IL, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This book is realistic"
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    If this book does not scare the hell out of you, you are not paying attention. We written and well read. Made me rethink what we needed as a survival kit. WOW!!


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

    Joe Barrett brings emphasis to this book with his ability to portray the characters.


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

    Oh no. the first half of the book I listened to in one setting. Then it got disturbing and breaking it up became mandatory.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Mangum, OK, United States 02-23-12
    Nicole Mangum, OK, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Required Reading for all Preppers!"
    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read some excellent books in the last 5 years as an audible member. I average at least 2 lengthy novels (prefer 20+ hr reads) per month and I can easily say One Second After ranks in the top 2%. I would have to review my library to be sure, but it could be my favorite book of all time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an absolute must read for anyone with survivalist tendencies. I found it difficult to dispute any issue or concern the characters were living. It is completely accurate in all detail. I just hope that the more people who do start paying attention to this subject matter and anything similar can be instrumental in emulating a town atmosphere like Black Mountain in our not to distant future.

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Required Reading for all Preppers!"
    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I have read some excellent books in the last 5 years as an audible member. I average at least 2 lengthy novels (prefer 20+ hr reads) per month and I can easily say One Second After ranks in the top 2%. I would have to review my library to be sure, but it could be my favorite book of all time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an absolute must read for anyone with survivalist tendencies. I found it difficult to dispute any issue or concern the characters were living. It is completely accurate in all detail. I just hope that the more people who do start paying attention to this subject matter and anything similar can be instrumental in emulating a town atmosphere like Black Mountain in our not to distant future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernard Vienna, VA, United States 02-20-12
    Bernard Vienna, VA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "An entertaining yet highly derivative thriller."

    Joe Barrett's voicing was excellent. He seemlessly transitioned among the characters and his narration brought the story to life. Mr. Forschten's tale is an effective thriller and he goes to some length to explain the science of the enormous tragedy which drives the story. Some of the behaviors of the main character are a tad wooden and some of dialogue is stilted. That's a minor quibble in an otherwise well-paced tale. The major criticism is that so much of the novel is so highly derivative Lucifer's Hammer, a novel that covered much of the same fictional environment as Mr. Forschten's book but did so with better characterizations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Essam Shabana Jersey City, NJ, USA 02-19-12
    Essam Shabana Jersey City, NJ, USA 02-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A shocking but great novel."
    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    One second after is very real.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    The moment that really moved me was right after the war.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrod OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-15-12
    Jarrod OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-15-12
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    "Unnerving"

    In found this book to be very unnerving. The realization of just how dependent we are on our infrastructure was spooky. When I finished this book I stared at the wall for 15minutes thinking about this book.

    Only minor problem I had with this book was the lack of cannibalism in the town. I think that more people when faced with starvation would resort to cannibalism.

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    Matthew 02-14-12
    Matthew 02-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent in all sense of the word."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's one of the best real life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    The hanging of the cannibal. He strings up the leader of a gang clan then stands back for a moment after gettin caught up in the situation and comes to grips with the devil we all have inside and defeats it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole thing. I can't really pick any one scene in the book to put as my favorite. The moment you start listening and then reading this story you'll become completely engrossed in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it. You'll enjoy it immensely and then suggest it to your friends right away, that's is if you want to give them somethin to truly think about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DELTONA, FL, United States 02-13-12
    Shirley DELTONA, FL, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audible addict since 2001. I like fantasy, intrigue, detective mysteries, love stories (not soft porn), and books with a Christian theme (and yes I know some don't think that fits with my love of fantasy). Since my husband retired I have less time to listen, but I always get through at least 4 books a month! I love to stock up during sales!!!

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    "must read!"
    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    riviting, eyeopening, heartwrenching


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is an extremely well written book that will make you cherish the pampered life we lead as US citizens. It is a very realistic story of what


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many to chose.


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

    Without giving too much away there comes a time when those in power have to chose who will live and who will die based on who will or will not receive food rations. At the same time they fight for the lives of family pets. Being a pet lover I have to wonder given a choice between watching a neighbor die and slaughtering my own dogs for food, which would be the harder.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not much of a doomsday fanatic. I don't fear death for I know that life on this earth is but a breath of the life we will live in heaven. I do believe the

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    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 02-13-12
    Diane Wolcott, CT, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "PULLS NO PUNCHES...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've been recommending it to everyone, they are now officially tired of hearing me go on about it. It's a prediction of the future disguised as a novel. It should be heeded....that's why I'm pushing people to read it.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Any number of end of life as we know it stories with the added caveat that this is very much a reality we could face any time now.


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

    I didn't have a favorite character, they were all strong in their roles and well described, it was not character driven, this book tells a story we need to hear. The characters, as an ensemble, accomplish that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me shiver...and it should do the same to you...


    Any additional comments?

    READ IT!

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    Amy Edwardsville, IL, United States 02-07-12
    Amy Edwardsville, IL, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Painfully Informative and Riveting."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was very informative and well written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    When the main characters brand new son-in-law died.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Confronting the head of the posse


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

    My heart couldn't take this in one sitting. It's just too disturbing.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone over the age of 50 or is on any life-extending medication needs to read this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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