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)
Working towards retirement hopefully. I enjoy sci fi, horror, steampunk and some ya for good luck.
This was a hard book to get any enjoyable moment out of for me. More than any zombie apocalypse, One Second After was real. Finding the town survived at the last was a double edged sword. Happy to see the characters make it through the winter and then the realization of what was left took that away.
When John's daughter Jen died! So hard to take still affects me.
When John and town were preparing for an attack, Sargent Washington preparing the students, telling some would die. This was a strong scene much going on, not my favorite for happiness. For the reality of the situation to come.
It would be the title of the book, One Second After. That says so much in itself.
I've read several zombie apocalypse novels over the past years. None of those zombie novels really stick in my mind like One Second After. The reality of this story and the terror within struck me hard. The loss of America, loss of citizens, life all of it. This could happen and probably will in the near future.
That is not to say that I do not believe in the threat of an EMP attack however this book is obvious propaganda that only mentions the science of EMPs in a few rushed paragraphs. Most of the other paragraphs are dictated to critiquing the government for not preparing more to the threat of an EMP attack. The book has a juvenile structure meant to tug at your heartstrings which left me feeling like I was watching FOX rather than listening to a SCi-FI book. It also panders to any republican and even has a forward by Newt Gingrich.
This book to me is #9 in my list of 100 audiobooks I love. I am a former Army Infantryman and I have seen places where this has happened!!
Yes, It spoke of the terrors we all have ever wondered about what if??
Joe Barret brings feeling and honest to God feeling to a topic we all fear.
I cried for Washington for he reminded me of a Sgt. I served under and served us. He was that kind of man and he is missed!!
This book is well written and performed beautifully. It is, however, the single most painful listening experience I have ever had. I was moved to tears several times. The sheer reality of what would or could happen is just horrible. The story is way too believable to be an enjoyable read. If you choose to walk down this road, be strong. Made me want to go to the driving range and hoard bullets and food.
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"One Second After" is a doomsday scenario on what could happened if an Electromagnetic pulse struck us and we needed to defend ourselves. I'm not a prepper and have no fear on a catastrophic disaster waiting to happen because I'm one of the weak and will not be able to survive more than a few days on my own, but this kind of paranoia is not innate in my nature. That being said, I enjoyed William R. Forstchen's rendition of an EMP hitting the States and the whole country goes in the dark and they are back to the stone age.
People turning into cannibals, forcing martial law, and the sick and elderly dying, makes the reader second guess themselves that this could really happen, while being entertained. There is no zombies walking the lands or any outer space life form probing the people.
"One Second After" is just a make believe story of some nuclear weapon dysfunctioning the magnetic waves. I'm not going to argue that an EMP burst could really happen. There are other fears that I'm more afraid of, but the book addresses many issues that we rely too much of our modern ways of living.
"One Second After" reminds me of a different title from Stephen King, but there is no outer space alien putting a dome on a town.
The Turnaround Pastor
The detailed backstory, evidence of expansive research, enriches the story and makes it more believable.
Yes. The story advances through a cascading series of events that continually forced me to ask, "How would I react in this situation?" and so vividly show just how thin the veneer of civilization is.
Some of his efforts at female voices were weak.
I had to write a review on this book which I really liked mostly in response to Cidney from New Orleans. She states that you more or less could ride your bike to work. LOL. What kind of work do you do that operates without power, computers, printers, bathrooms, water, do I need to go on. The emergency generator doesn't work. In the event of an EMP strike there would be no power for perhaps six months to a year. With out the big trucks that you all hate taking up the road you run out of food and water in the grocery stores in three days. Less if panic sets off riots and a rush on the stores.. I am over weight and could lose a few pounds but they say starvation is the most painful horrible way to die. If you have food stored are you ready to protect it from a once friendly neighbor who is out and has to watch his children die slowly. Sure share it is the moral thing to do but then you watch your own die. Then the roving bands of thieves that spring up looking for the weak easy targets. Look what happened at the Super Dome in just a short time after Katrina. Nothing made within the last forty or fifty years will work. Modern farming takes big machinery and a lot of water to feed the people. And how that that is ready for harvest get to market any way. Experts estimate 30% dead in the first few weeks. 50% as the diseases start spreading. This book is right on in every way and to take EMP lightly is folly on your part. No disaster natural or man made to date will match the loss of life on the horizon due to an EMP strike. We spend billions on the junk science of stopping global warming (which to date has not proved to have killed anyone.) when a real danger of biblical proportions is only the push of a button away. Iran, and North Korea know they can not defeat us in a confrontation. They also know the don't have to. They know all about EMP. Do you?
One of the better post apocalyptic stories.
In this genre, this ranks in the top. The only other one I would recommend is Lights Out. I just wish it was available in audio.
This book had me at its opening letter. "This story isn't about possibility but probability". I couldn't stop talking about this book once I was done. A constant nail biting, what will happen next book. It drove me to paranoia thinking how would my family respond to such a terroristic attack and how would I protect my family. This is a fantastic read. I noticed it was on special today. I encourage you to read it. This isn't a warm fuzzy book. Reality at its best. Read at your own risk.
Logical, vivid exploration of the aftermath of a nuclear event
Yes, the plot is well crafted and flows beautifully. You are always hoping for the answers to questions as you read.
It's impossible to rate one character above another. All were well developed.
I stayed up late listening!
I have this in print, too. I've listened twice, read it once. It's on me reread again list.
"Disturbing and Very Irritating"
I selected this audio book because the post-apocalyptic nature of the story appealed to me (saddo that I am...)
However it has a number of genuine challenges - which very nearly led to me throwing the towel in the first few hours of listening (frankly this was not helped by a foreword from Newt Gingrich).
- The narrative is peppered with endless patriotic "God Bless America", "America is the best", "we will endure because we are Americans" comments. These might be heart warning to Americans - for me, their frequency really irritated. And it comes across as slightly smug - from a nation that, whatever they might think, do not have a monopoly on freedom and democracy.
- There are constant references to soldiers, veterans, the military. I don't mean in a "grab a gun, the zombies are coming (they aren't)" sort of way. I mean in a "The American military and vets in particular are wonderful and we all owe them so much". I'm not saying they are not and that they (Americans) don't owe them. But be prepared to listen to a lot of it.
- The book is sort of like a report on the consequences of "the event which happens in the story" converted into a novel - but still sounding somewhat like a report.
What I will say in its favour is that it really does punch home some of the real day to day issues that almost certainly would be endured by people facing this sort of scenario. It has made me consider buying a lot of food in bulk and hiding at the end of my garage waiting for the world to collapse.
I don't think the book is well written in terms of the characters and the narrative framework - it is somewhat disjointed - the author is certainly no Stephen King.
In summary - this IS a post-apocalyptic story. It does go on and on about how wonderful America is. It's really just a warning about what might happen if America doesn't prepare for the worst.
If you want an atmospheric end of the world read - I would say this probably should not be top of your list (try Station 11 if you've not read that).
"Assumptions and American Superpatriotism"
I'm afraid my opinion of this book differs greatly from so many of the other reviewers - I found myself annoyed throughout. The author obviously did his research on certain topics, but others he completely neglected and important parts of the story were based on weak assumptions. That added to the intense American nationalism and Deep South Republican attitude just left me shaking my head. I'll be taking Audible up on their lovely return policy and this is the first book I'll ever have returned based on pure dislike. The only good thing I can say for it is the narrator was fine.
"Are you prepared?"
I love this genre but this was my first EMP novel and I wasn't disappointed it has loads of detail about the breakdown of civilisation that makes the scenario so much more real. My only complaint is that the author felt they had to add in the America forever strap lines which left me cold but overall a very good read if you like this sort of thing
"A shocking look at how fragile our civilisation is"
If all of our modern conveniences were taken away in a split second how long would it take our society to unravel? How long would it take civilisation to revert to savagery?
This book is a disturbing what if scenario which could become reality all too easily if not though EMP as depicted in this work then by other means such as economic collapse.
A truly riveting story which is shocking and disturbing along which some devastatingly heart-breaking moments.
This book will definitely leave you thinking, if not change your outlook on our times.
A Five Star Listen
This book really does well at demonstrating how dependent we have become on our electrical devices and gives an impression of how life would be if they were all suddenly taken away. If you enjoyed watching Jericho (or any other apocalyptic fiction) you will love this. Parts of this book will excite you, others will depress you, death is inevitable throughout.
"Best of the Genre"
I have listened to a few in this genre and this is the first that has managed to stir my emotions. Great story, well narrated and frighteningly easy to put yourself and your family in the story. Superb.
"Thought provoking storyline"
The book explores our modern dependency on technology and how vulnerable we become without it. The difficulties caused by an electronic meltdown were well explored, even down to areas such as those who are medication dependant as well as the more obvious issues such as food, water and power.
The book revolves very much around the lead character his family and their town so in that respect, tends not to compare to other books of the genre I have read. This book explores the disaster at the local level. If it were to happen, we would all experience the same issues.
I loved this narrator for his soft accent, good diction and measured pace.
The book does tug at the heart strings but would have done so much more with less schmaltz and a big lid on the patriotic We are Americans stuff. I understood what the author was trying to say with it but it was too heavy handed especially as the people causing all the trouble were also Americans too!
I enjoyed the book but felt that it missed the opportunity to be taken a bit more seriously and that is a shame. As with so many books today, I felt some of the story and the writing was sacrificed for the movie the author was hoping for.
"Pray it never happens"
Best book I've listened to for a while. Perhaps ever.
This book must've been good as I found myself talking about its scenarios over dinner, wondering to myself what *I* would do in a similar situation and getting emotional more than once as the story progressed. I guess it's really immersive - perhaps more so as an audio book, aided partly by the narrator's performance, which never pulled me out of the story once.
Pray it never happens
I've seen reviews of the paper book criticising the grammar. But as a 'read' book I never noticed any of this so I'm glad that I listened to it!
Enthralling! Thought Provoking!
John - a normal, caring individual
Makes John come to life.
Several moving moments - found myself crying as I drove
An excellent book which I have recommended to many friends. The manner in which modern life rapidly collapses is thought provoking to say the least!
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