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.
"[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)
Easily entertained and amused.
Like I need another thing in my life to worry about!
Don't get me wrong, I liked this book a lot. It's a gripping, well detailed and credible story. The reader is also excellent. It's just the subject matter that's a little distressing; the end of civilization. Still, if the world as we know it has gotta end, I'd much prefer death by deprivation of technology to death by pain, dismemberment, burning or plague.
The concept of EMPs and man kinds dependency on technology fascinates me and I absolutely loved this book!!!!!! The story was amazing and the characters were well developed and I have to admit that I wept right along with the family because their pain was so real and probable. This is a must read book for anyone who enjoys a book that once you start reading you can't stop!!!!!!! I am now desperately searching for more books on EMP attacks and a world without technology!!!!!!! Brilliant!!!!!!
I really enjoyed the book, it make's you stop and think of what can really happen, and I'm sure one day it will. I hope nothing ever happens like that, but with all the thing's happening in this world, it would not surprise me if it did. If we stuck to the Bible and I don't mean to offend anyone, but God gave everyone their own country to live in. I think we as american's should stop playing God, and stay on the earth where he planted us, Peace on Earth, will it ever happen????? Maybe, when we Live by the word of God. Man has put themselves above God and invaded his territory, that's only my opinion. I don't think we should be messing around with the Heaven's..If you haven't read this book, be sure and do so.
Cutting to the chase this is an enjoyable read and well worth having in your library especially if you are new to the genera. If you are looking for a technically deep abnd scientifically accurate read this is not for you. Much of it is conjecture and postulation but it's enjoyable none the less.
That said it's one of many in the genera and nothing in particular makes this one stand head and shoulders above the rest apart from the rather unique look at EMP weaponry. The performance is excellent and the characters are easy to relate to, as are many of the problems they face.
The problem I had with this book was that I kept comparing it to Jerry Pournelle's - "Lucifers Hammer" which although not technically about the same topic shares a similar premise and storyline but delivers it with far more drama, variety and at a faster pace.
Starts out seeming very realistic, Then some events progress and you think, Nah! too far fetched. BUT, then you look at how Americans behave on Black Friday, and you think, how would these same people behave in a post EMP country, and the book probably does not go far enough. Definitely thought provoking. I am a non fiction fan, but there is enough real possibility in this to win me over. Be ready to question what you thought was the secure future of this country. This book will point out that life as we know could be turned on it's head for the rest of our lifetimes, literally in one second.
As bad as it can gets, the society is not prepared for the crisis it may face. It either fall or survive. The choices are hard to make but whatever it takes...
Definitely the one to remember!
I have not read the print version, but this was a great listen. A compelling and terrifying story to tell.
It's eye-opening. How ironic in this ultra-paranoid age, we find that we are nearly naked when it comes to the vulnerability of our very way of life. This is a very plausible story. A worst-case scenario happening to regular Americans, whom everyone can identify with.
He breathes life into the characters he's reading. Nice 3 dimensional voice that conveys the emotions of those fictional people living through the devastating events as they unfold.
Everything you know gone in a flash....welcome to the brave new world.
I hope that no one is stupid enough to ever do something like this. But I know better.
The story is intended to provide a glimpse of the price to pay for lack of attention to specific terrorist threats against the US technology infrastructure. It deals with a serious subject with a potentially scary (in fact horrific) outcomes for failure to address critical security laspses. It is not written by a polished author; it is broadly stroked and painted with morality laced platitudes throughout. The author amateurishly describes an "ideal" society and the life/death decisions that (in the author's opinion) will be required for the rightous to survive. Still, the book IS thought provoking and worth a reading. It made me want to know more about the technologies at play and if the "hardening" of infrasture has been left to chance.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I have not read the print version, I am looking for it now!
Why the Colonel of course! (said in a Southern drawl)
One pulse and the pulses of millions stop.
I really have to say this is brilliant, fantastic, tremendous, wonderful and so on book. I am a lover of disaster books, Zombies and all those end of the world books we love and hate. But this one is brilliant (I know already said that) My interest in the effects (and after) of an EMP led me to this book as did the intro by Newt Gringrich and that intro teased me further. The book is a novel and of course not true but I can certainly believe the themes and the occurrences in this book could become real and that is frightening. We are not prepared, we are too devoted, too reliant on the microchips. I believe some of William R. Forstchen's stories and turns are completely believable, we are reliant on medication, cars, machinery and food deliveries. As a diabetic I had a shiver of fear. If you suffer from many ailments and need medicine, be sure you have a strong drink when you read/listen to this book.It is a book I would love to see as a movie, it is perfect for such a medium. This is one book I have already started to recommend to my friends and to be honest I think all should read/listen to this book and maybe we should rethink some priorities before it is too late.Well done Mr. Forstchen, a brilliant (there I go again) book of creative writing.You have a fan in me.
I will also add, the narrator Joe Barrett did a mighty fine job, he kept me listening.
The story is logical and well written. Plausible and believable. In the tradition of Alas Babylon and On the Beach
The scene about halfway were the need for justice and the determination of what needed to be done to hold a shaky society together is very thought provoking.
A good reader who adds to the narrative - but does not get in the way.
While it neither made me laugh or cry, I found it very thought provoking. I spent a good deal of time during and after reading this thinking about how fragile we may have become while becoming so advanced.
You will want to follow this with something a bit lighter - I went back to Sick Puppy - one of my Carl Haissan faves.
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