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)
I told most of my friends to get this book. It is very nerve racking to think about how fast society falls apart when we lose the basics. What a dark and heart breaking ride the author brings us on. Well written and produced.
I hope we never see the world this book describes, but it could happen - and if it does then "One Second After" gives a plausible and realistic vision of that world. The characters are well thought out and the storyline stays interesting from beginning to end.
I am writing a graduate thesis on post apocalyptic literature, and I will be including this amazing book. I cried at least three times over the realistic scenarios of death and misery. This book is believable, and a must-read for any fan of the genre. I do have to agree with other reviewers, however, that the performance is not great; the actor does not have the sonorous voice that I associate with audiobooks. But Forstchen's novel is so good that I overlooked it.
Can it really happen? Watch Future Weapon if you doubt the reality of an EMP. Will it happen? Lets hope that the idea of an EMP attack remains fiction. I do not believe (see the recent East Coast of the US power outage) that the events portrayed in this work of fiction are exaggerated. Be it an EMP attack, large scale natural disaster, pandemic, etc. the outcome is well portrayed by Mr. Forstchen. Political views aside, give this book a read.
If you have ever gone through a hurricane or other disaster that left you with no electricity, you will have a small inkling as to what it would be like if this actually happened. Very good book and well worth the read.
I think it was a well-written story, and I really liked the man who narrated - his voice was easy to listen to.
The story itself is quite sad and pretty nasty in some spots, and I cried at least four times listening to it. Can't help myself, though, I'm always attracted to "end of the world" type stories, even though they're all miserable :)
I rarely read fiction books, as there's just too much 'real life' information to learn out there that I would rather educate myself on. However, this book really hits on so many things, in a very realistic manner, that could happen following a catastrophic event where help is not coming anytime soon. It will make you think 'what if' and realize how quickly everything could change overnight.
I was compltely blown away by this book! It's not the first I have read about EMPs but it's by far the best. It was so scary that it makes me want to start stockpiling food and medical supplies!! The characters are extremly likable and some of the scenes will break your heart, especially if you or a family member are in the military.
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