- Series: A John Matherson Novel (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; First edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765356864
- ISBN-13: 978-0765356864
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7,832 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The only thing more terrifying than this masterfully crafted story is the possibility of it actually happening―and not a damn thing being done to protect us.” ―W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV
“Forstchen's work has flair and power.” ―Joel Rosenberg, author of The Sleeping Dragon
“Forstchen did such a damned fine job with One Second After that shortly after the first page, I had been reeled in hook, line, and sinker.” ―David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of Tower Down
About the Author
William R. Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After, One Year After, The Final Day, and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men's Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.
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This book has me rethinking my reluctance to own firearms and I’m looking at survival websites for freeze dried foods. You can never be too careful!
Okay, I am momentarily depressed, but I’m better for the knowledge...I think. I hold North Korea responsible for bringing EMP (electromagnetic pulse) to the forefront of my life. EMP is what happens when a nuclear bomb is detonated high in the atmosphere...and that dirty little “Rocket man” from North Korea has threaten just that. But it’s not just EMP, our electric GRID is vulnerable to a cyber-attack ...no news here, but those cyber attacks are happening everyday, evidenced by the recent attack on Equifax, where half of our population in the United States had their personal data stolen.
Plain and simple, if we have an EMP attack, or there is a cyber attack on our GRID everything stops...the electric goes out, water and fuel can’t be pumped, no ATM’s... You know, kind of like Puerto Rico. With an EMP, cars and everything electronic stop working too, but here’s the difference...it only takes ONE nuclear blast, 25 miles or more above Kansas for the effect of an EMP to take our entire nation back to the 1800’s. That’s a fact. The only good thing about an EMP, is there is no fall-out.
This book, “One Second After” is not a fairytale novel, it is a novel about the experience of people in a small town in North Carolina when the power goes out. It is a book that’s has been talked about on the floor of the United States Congress. High ranking government people and nine scientists in the know have stated, “It’s not if, but when this happens.” Our government does not have a emergency preparedness plan for a disaster of this magnitude. Think about it, what if something like what has happened to Puerto Rico happened nationwide? We’re going to be on our own.
I read this book, because I wanted to know what would happen if any major catastrophe happened here in the United States. I wanted to know what would happen to people, how they would behave, I wanted pointers on how people survived, how we would overcome something bad like this. Well, I found out and it’s grim.
This was the most emotionally difficult book I have ever read. I finished it in two days, just to be rid of it. I found it ironic, that as I read the book, I watched news reports of the suffering in Puerto Rico and the only difference was, the Puerto Rican’s have the United States coming to their aide.
I’m not going to say that everyone should read this book, because I think some people wouldn’t be able to take it, but I needed to read it, because I’m the kind of person, that wants to feel I have some control in our chaotic world, even though I may be sadly mistaken.
I took notes on the pages as I read this book...things I didn’t know. At times I cried and those that know me, know I don’t cry easy. I cried, because what I was reading was too real and fit in with what I knew to be true. Yes, this novel left me numb, saddened, but also more determined to be as prepared as I can to protect my family, neighbors and friends. We all need a plan.
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