- Series: A John Matherson Novel (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765356864
- ISBN-13: 978-0765356864
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 26.9 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7,338 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Audio CD edition.
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The Chinese have this capability today and are very prepared to use it. The U.S. government has been warning us to have 3-day preparedness kits and is now asking us to build it up to 5 days. Anyone who doesn't prepare at least that much is a fool, whether it is being prepared for natural disasters or the "bolt out of the blue".
I thought the author could have done a better job of furthering along the relationship between Makala and John. The book leaves you wanting to know what became of that relationship, which I guess is why there is a sequel.
After reading this book you'll probably want to start prepping. :-)