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One Second After (A John Matherson Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2011
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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.
Top customer reviews
One Second After is a well written realistic tale of a localized community that by the luck of the draw, has the expertise and resources to cope with an apocalyptic event befalling the U S. Though fiction, this is not fantasy lore, but a very real view of what can be expected with the collapse of our intertwined society. The plot, themes and characters are well conceived and developed. Though the topic is too harsh to be deemed enjoyable, the author’s treatment of it results in a book that is engrossing and hard to put down.
In a genre taken advantage by so called authors scribbling still in crayon, this book is an exception. There is enough substance that the book could easily have been twice as long and still be a page turner. I await it’s sequel coming this fall.
This book will definitely become classics in its genre.
It would be horrible and scary. The technology now would be a real set back and how our life would drastically change to what it was back a 100 or longer years ago. Are we too into technology to survive an EMP? I think North Korea or Russia might try this. The book makes you think. I think every person in the United States especially Congress to start thinking of this happening.
Don't say it will never happen!!
Read this book. It may give you nightmares, but with luck it'll light a fire for disaster preparation that will leave you and your family better prepared for a worst case scenario.
We would do well to stop spending our tax money on social programs that enfeebled the population and instead, make,ourselves as invulnerable as possible against an attack that would kill far more than would a cut in Social Security.
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