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In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators—all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians. While the material sometimes threatens to veer into jingoism, and heartstrings are tugged a little too vigorously, fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beachwill have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise. Newt Gingrich provides a foreword. (Mar.)
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In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina, where residents rarely lock homes, retired army colonel John Matherson teaches college, raises two daughters, and grieves the loss of his wife to cancer. When phones die and cars inexplicably stall, Grandma’s pre-computerized Edsel takes readers to a stunning scene on the car-littered interstate, on which 500 stranded strangers, some with guns, awaken John’s New Jersey street-smart instincts to get the family home and load the shotgun. Next morning, some townspeople realize that an electromagnetic pulse weapon has destroyed America’s power grid, and they proceed to set survival priorities. John’s list includes insulin for his type-one diabetic 12-year-old, candy bars, and sacks of ice. Deaths start with heart attacks and eventually escalate alarmingly. Food becomes scarce, and societal breakdown proceeds with inevitable violence; towns burn, and ex-servicemen recall “Korea in ’51” as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen’s sad, riveting cautionary tale, the premise of which Newt Gingrich’s foreword says is completely possible. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Scary book but awesome. Makes you think about where we are and what could be coming in the very near future. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by kim
It will keep your interest until the end. Am waiting for the next book with anticipation.Published 14 hours ago by Seth Richardson
Simplistic, formulaic, unoriginal. Reads like it's written for a teen-aged boy, to get him to join the military and be a real man.Published 14 hours ago by parhelion
I wanted to like this book, as a writer, as a collector of smart doomsday scenarios. But good Lord. This book needed an editor the way carpet needs a vacuum. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rusty Coats
The book is an excellent read for those of us that really do believe the electrical grids in the USA will eventually all go down. I find it really sad that the USA Gov. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Matilda
great story, like reading a future newspaper, no actually news today. Makes me want to be ready for what ever is instore for us.Published 1 day ago by Linda Crofton
Thought the book was an excellent read - intend to get his next book too!!Published 2 days ago by C. Lester
Great story, wakes you up to the world situation and how vulnerable the US really is.
Can't wait for the release of "One Year After".