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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
This is an emotionally in depth look at life after an EMP. The ensuing results of limited food and medications and how human's baser nature can take over. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Dixie
How come I can't give this negative stars? I modestly hope my title sufficiently captured some of my issues with this nonsense; however, I must also add that the laughably... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cassandra
Good read. Describes the immediate aftermath of a failure of the electrical grid. Great reminder of how dependent we are on modern convenience to stay alive.Published 1 day ago by Bill
Very serious subject with serious detail to facts and probability. Societal breakdown is ugly and heart wrenching. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Robert E. Cantwell
A sobering look at what might be in store for us in the aftermath of a crippling attack that may well render the technology our lives depend on totally useless. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Karl S. Howell
I was happy with 95% of the book, and enjoyed reading it very much. Unfortunately, its faults were just so significant and baffling that it detracts from the book enough to lower... Read morePublished 1 day ago by DJ MichaelAngelo
Scary book but awesome. Makes you think about where we are and what could be coming in the very near future. Read morePublished 2 days ago by kim