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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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    william LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-26-12
    william LITTLETON, CO, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "TERRIFYING"
    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had nightmares for three days!! Like watching a train wreck but you can't look away!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments made me well up but the dog moment was particularly touching.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    So, I Read This Book Today Golden, CO, United States 04-21-12
    So, I Read This Book Today Golden, CO, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2007

    So, I Read This Book Today . . .

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    "The best book of it's type out there"

    One Second After may not really be the "best book I have ever read" for it's literary merit. Yes, it is well written, well scripted, and realistic in tone and writing style. What makes it the "best" is how REAL it is. America is, as is readily admitted by our government and military, NOT ready for an EMP. And should the blast actually occur, I can absolutely see exactly the outcome as envisioned by Forstchen. A total breakdown of everything that we, today, take as being the human condition.

    This book should be REQUIRED reading for every single person in this country. Once it happens ---

    It's too late.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Oslo, Norway 04-16-12
    Peter Oslo, Norway 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story has been told before...."

    This is a must read for anyone that loves the post acopalyptic. It is well written and well read, but the story is clearly inspired by "Alas, Babylon" from 1959, I would actually go as far as to call it a modernized re-write of "Alas, Babylon". Follows exactly the same plot, setting and characters are too similar to be coincidental even the introduction is the same. Only the weapon that causes it differs.... Read it anyway! I would have given it 5 stars if the story had been original

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    Carla 04-03-12
    Carla 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"
    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is amazing. Many times I sat in my car in the garage listening to the story. Cliff hanger. A little for everyone - blood, guts, love story, & thriller. Great info for preppers too.

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    Regina Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-13-12
    Regina Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Makes One Consider..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook, your thought process is bound to be a bit different after finishing this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The human element of the story, how beliefs and ideals change as the story progresses. Survival drives this author's theme and changes how the characters act and think as the story progresses.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What would you do?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael K. McCleary SE US 03-12-12
    Michael K. McCleary SE US 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a poster

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    "Should be required reading"

    This is an eye opening experience. We all have an idea of what might happen in this scenario. This book does a great job of making you understand the nuances of such a disaster. If you saw the movie Red Dawn and thought "That could happen." This is a modern version of that same feeling.

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    Kevin 03-08-12
    Kevin 03-08-12
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    "Matter of fact and heart wrenching"

    I just finished this one. It's an excellent example of how much of the razor's edge modern civilization lives on. The story doesn't get into the heavy day to day details so much as covers a broad range of logistical and emotional situations one would face in the total collapse of modern tech. More than once I got a little choked up in the very personal experiences of it's main characters.
    It's a tough, but I think necessary read for anyone who thinks emergency preparedness is not just for mid-westerners and doomsday fanatics.

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    Glenn SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 03-05-12
    Glenn SANTA ROSA, CA, United States 03-05-12
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    "Wow, opened my eyes to what could REALLY happen."

    I have been a prepper for a few years now, but this totally showed me that I am unprepared for a large scale power outage or economical breakdown. Everyone should read this book!

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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 03-01-12
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling"

    A fictional piece written as a warning of the potentially disastrous effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The author, a respected educator and military technology expert, paints a chillingly grim picture of what may be in store for America should she continue to ignore the vulnerabilities our reliance on technology provides our enemies.

    Simply stated, once the power stops, it's too late to prepare.

    Well conceived, well developed and nicely articulated.

    Very highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer 02-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellant book Gives you a lot to think about"
    What did you love best about One Second After?

    The fact that they (the chacacters) did not care who you voted for. The fact that we are Americans was the important factor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Didnot have a favorite Character they all were part of the plot and needed.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but he was an excellant artist


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I cried and was proud, and cried again.


    Any additional comments?

    This book scared me because I know just enough about how Emp works and the fact is we are not protected in any form for an attack like this. The fact is that in this book 80% of the american people died in this attack, in real life we would be lucky if that is all that died. People now aday have no idea how to survive in a world with out modern medicine or electricity.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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