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One Second After Audiobook

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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    Timothy North Carolina, USA 11-09-10
    Timothy North Carolina, USA 11-09-10
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    "Wonderful in many ways, scary in others."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barry College Station, TX, United States 10-27-10
    Barry College Station, TX, United States 10-27-10
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    "Excellent read - kept me riveted !"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Garland, TX, United States 10-08-10
    Amy Garland, TX, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Touching and terrifying"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Z. Adams 09-30-10
    Z. Adams 09-30-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Probably true."

    Depressing but I would think rather accurate if this really happened. The story was compelling if not a little sappy in places but not bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 08-31-10
    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 08-31-10 Member Since 2006
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    "This book will really make you think."

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    decembergrit 08-19-10

    decembergrit

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    "very scary"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hika 08-18-10
    Hika 08-18-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Reminds me of..."

    A knock off of Lucifer's Hammer? Its pretty darn close. LH is much better though.

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    Donna Queensland, Australia 07-27-10
    Donna Queensland, Australia 07-27-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good, but depressing!"

    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 :)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Keogh Crazy Cowboy 07-05-10
    Daniel Keogh Crazy Cowboy 07-05-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Wow, couldn't stop listening to this book!"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 07-05-10
    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 07-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "blown away"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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