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One Second After Audiobook

One Second After

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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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    David Hauppauge, NY, USA 02-14-16
    David Hauppauge, NY, USA 02-14-16 Member Since 2002
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    "Thought-provoking, great story"

    great story and really gets you thinking. you start to really see how dependent we are on all our modern technologies.

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    Turner Hendersonville, TN, United States 02-13-16
    Turner Hendersonville, TN, United States 02-13-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Deeply thought provoking"

    If a disaster of national proportion were to happen I can't imagine how badly I would want to get a copy of this book. Even more important, this book is a good guide in preparing for the worst.

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    Countryboy 02-12-16
    Countryboy 02-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "critical reed for our survival."

    As a book, a well thought out story, emotional reed. I have recommended to all who will listen. as a subject Call Your Congressman Today

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    Rob APO, AA USA 02-12-16
    Rob APO, AA USA 02-12-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Far fetched? I'm not sure. Pretty scary though."

    The book will probably make you do your own research, because it is that convincing. I thought it was well read, and the characters are good. I'll probably buy the sequel.

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    Ryan Woodroof 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    phenomenal. I laughed. I cried. thoroughly enjoyed it. well written. well developed characters. poor dogs.

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    D. Postelle 02-11-16
    D. Postelle 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "this book adds perspective to our high tech world"

    I read this & still loved listening to it again, and again. emotional and thought provoking

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    Jay 02-11-16
    Jay 02-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I can see this happening"

    I can see this happening and in the not to distant future. to many people are sheep and being led by the wolves to the slaughter. something to ask yourself is am I ready do I have anything that will help?

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    BAR 02-11-16
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    "A Book Every US policy maker should be aware"

    It has been said that science fiction is often about the future we want to avoid. This book is like that, but it could be the future of the next second right now!

    Well done audio presentation compelling dramatization and very believable.

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    Loan man 02-10-16
    Loan man 02-10-16
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    "Could it happen here?"

    I wouldn't consider myself a hardcore "preper" but I do spend time now and then wondering what might be. What threats does our country face? How do I protect my family from them and what can I do personally to enable me and my family to survive.

    I've read other apocalyptic stories but this one is the most credible or realistic. I appreciate the way in which Forstchen weaves in the geopolitical landscape that too many other authors leave out. In a catastrophic event people in this country would turn to neighbors and communities for aid and support and far fewer would become the "lone wolf" acting to save themselves or a few family members as many other stories relate.

    Looking at the community impact and exploring how a character fits into that larger whole is one of the key elements that makes this book valuable to me.

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    John 02-09-16
    John 02-09-16
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    "Very Well Thought Out"
    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    The author lays out the likely effects of an EMP attack in a calm methodical way and then the events of the story spin out from there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John for trying to handle the details of reconstructing basic services while also wrestling with the larger ethical and societal issues at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really makes you think about all the things you take for granted. Not just electricity and computers, but what they allow you do to. For example the ability to communicate over long distance, access to medicine and hygene. I'm not as pessimistic as the author about society collapsing but most of the story rings true.

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