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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
Thought the book was an excellent read - intend to get his next book too!!Published 42 minutes 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".
Great warning, Now I am preparing so I won't starve. wonder where I can buy razor wire. Bugout bag, check, Extra Bullets,check. Faraday cage, check.Published 5 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This is my favorite book! It paints the picture of a very real disaster scenario, and gives a good idea of what to expect! Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Jonathon
Scary that this could really occur. Definitely lots to think about.Published 9 hours ago by Nancy J Sheffield
I always wondered why it was said we should be more afraid of a rogue regime with one nuke and nothing to lose than a country with an arsenal of weapons. Now I know. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by PRomy
Although not very informative to those that are up on the subject, it is still a good book to bring awareness to a serious possibility. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Robert D. Warren