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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.

Critic Reviews

"[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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Excellent Depiction of Inevitable Outcomes

What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

The description and logic behind the agonizing decisions that would have to be make.

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

Not edge of the seat reading but compelling because of the anticipated consequences and outcomes

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

No - too much to absorb and think about

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Chilling and heart stopping story

The book took me on one of the most breathtaking roller coaster rides I have experienced in a long time.
The story makes me ask the question. ..what is being done to protect our country from EMP detonation?
A must read for everyone.

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Great book

Great descriptions and explanations. Very disturbing details with graphic depictions. very frightening and overwhelming but thought provoking.

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Wow!

Long time Audible listener, first time I've ever been compelled to stop and write a review. This book moved straight to #1 on my list. Read it!

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  • Jerry
  • United States
  • 04-09-16

Alarmingly insightful

I listen to this and I wonder to myself, they know it's possible. They know we know it's possible. Therefore, our enemies know its possible, yet no one is preparing us or even acknowledging the possibility and we give millions of dollars to Iran. Its enough to make one think our leaders, particularly POTUS, wants such a horrible fatw to befall this nation. Very insightful and as a public servant in the emergency management field, very possible and very alarming. Most people have no idea what an EMS is.

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Difficult Book to take in

I understand the authors decision to write this book to get readers aware of the potential threat out there of an EMP. But it is over exposure to a potential threat that leaves my depressed and desolate. The book goes deeper and deeper into the stages of a deteriorating society (again I imagine what was the intent of the book) with no hope in site. Tugging on heartstrings is putting it lightly. Ripping them apart leaving the reader upset and empty is more like it. If you are looking for an "enjoyable" read this is not the book you want to pick up.

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  • Linda, US, Canada
  • 04-06-16

EMP: Electro Magnetic Pulse...We Are Not Prepared

This book is an excellent portrayal of a real potential for sending our civilization back in time to the dark ages...literally!!! and we currently are not prepared, we are nowhere near prepared!!! We are in fact sitting ducks!!! It is almost criminal that we have chosen to ignore the danger!
I urge those who are in control to act now to harden our electrical infrastructure against the currently susceptible vulnerability of the electrical grid of the United States!!!
This book was written in 2009! We are still vulnerable six years later!!! Let's get it done!!! Now, not later!!!

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Most terrifying thing I have ever read

Scared me to death. Too real. Find myself looking at bulk items in Costco. Everyone should read

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A must read for anyone with a love of God, family, freedom, and......

and the principles this nation was founded upon by its inspired Founding Fathers. Excellectly executed, extremely thought provoking. Thank you, William R. Forstchen. Prepare America!

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tremendous performance. Solid story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely. Great story and a reminder of what the world could look like after an EMP. Moving into the book, I had been planning for what to do in the case of an EMP strike. After reading the book, I found myself reflecting and asking myself questions. Are you sure you would want to plan to try and stay alive in a world like this? You may find that you ask yourself similar questions after reading.

What did you like best about this story?

Selfishly, the story is built in a town less than an hour from where I grew up. The geographical landmarks all make clear and total sense to me, spending my whole life in the state of NC.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were the ones where people come together to rebuild a community that supports each other.

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

Yes. I was addicted to it, constantly finding time to listen.