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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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    Cliff Anaheim, CA, USA 05-13-09
    Cliff Anaheim, CA, USA 05-13-09
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    "Enlightning"

    This was a great book that kept me glued to my seat as I listened to it. But be aware it's a downer towards the end it gets really depressing & sad but overall it's a fantastic book. Well worth your $$

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Doug SEQUIM, WA, USA 05-12-09
    Doug SEQUIM, WA, USA 05-12-09 Member Since 2013
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    "One second after"

    WOW i have never looked at my life as i look at it now.would you survive?

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Mount Olive, AL, USA 11-22-09
    Dave Mount Olive, AL, USA 11-22-09
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    "A plodding bore"

    While the science is in my opinion solid, I question why I read this book. I guess I just fell into the mainstream "Oh you gotta read this book - It will CHANGE things!" field of thinking. If I want to worry needlessly of things that might happen I think I'll spend my time worrying about something slightly more plausible. I'll certainly not waste time on such a thoroughly boring tale as this one.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger 05-01-09
    Ginger 05-01-09
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    "One Second After"

    If this book moved any slower is would start over

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Annette 12-16-09
    Annette 12-16-09

    I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...

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    "another review that says it's crap"

    As if there's not enough propaganda in the news, this is badly written and badly conceived as well as full of platitudes and fear-mongering designed to make us all paranoid and regretful about not supporting the republican agenda. It's not well thought out. or realistic. or well written. it's crap.You want a nice collapse of civilization book - there's tons to choose from with more to offer. Pick any one of them.

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    Joann 05-19-15
    Joann 05-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrifyingly realistic!"

    I teach disaster preparedness for a living and was extremely impressed with the details revealing the thin veneer of society we live in and how quickly that can crack and shatter.

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    Lamar 05-17-15
    Lamar 05-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"

    First and foremost, I must say that the narration of this book was absolutely amazing! It was very hard for me to stop listening and found myself up many late nights. Even though the story in this book has not happened as of yet but the thought of it made me think for weeks on end about how my government will protect us from an EMP attack. Get ready to be entertaining and enlighten.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Lincolnton, GA, United States 05-16-15
    Amanda Lincolnton, GA, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This book tho..."

    This book really opened my eyes to the treat of a future war. I recommend anyone to read it. I will read it again very soon.

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    Matthew G. Melton Thomasville, NC 05-08-15
    Matthew G. Melton Thomasville, NC 05-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Very interesting look at a very serious and possible future.

    Very touching at times as well.

    Powerful story and wonderfully written.

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    Tim Woodward sr 05-08-15 Member Since 2006
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    "fantastic story and all too true."

    Joe Barrett's Narration is one of the best I've heard and I've listened to hundreds. I will definitely look for other books that he narrates.
    And, of course, thanks to William Forstchen for a well written story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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