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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
Easily one of the most gut-wrenching and prophetic novels of our time. After an EMP strike, we see how easily (and terrifyingly quick) the veneer of "civilization" is... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by L. A. Veronie II
I must say this book has become the most read book in my library. I have read it at least 15 times, probably more than 20 times. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Cindy T.
For the life of me, I don't get why secular fiction writers feel the need to insert so much profanity into their text. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Moore
Wake up call for all of us who mostly missed the EMP report to Congress since the release of the 9/11 report overshadowed this report. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Debra Stephens
not overly impressed by this book. Apparently the target audience was the middle school or early high school age. This reminded me of the "Left Behind" series. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chuck Wendt
The biggest threat isn't climate change, anthrax, a ground level suitcase nuke or madmen with guns. The risk (low probability but enormous impact) is an EMP inducing high altitude... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Henry
This book was absolutely amazing. My girlfriend was always talking about it so I bought it and was delighted. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Eugene Hendershot