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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (17 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433256991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433256998
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 13.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,403,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College.  He is the author of over forty books, including the New York Times bestselling series Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor (coauthored with Newt Gingrich), as well as the award-winning young adult novel We Look Like Men of War. He has also authored numerous short stories and articles about military history and military technology. His interests include archaeological research on sites in Mongolia, and as a pilot he owns and flies an original World War II "recon bird." Dr. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his teenage daughter Meghan and their small pack of golden retreivers and yellow labs.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jan Frederiksen on 5 July 2010
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This book is a recent addition to the wealth of post-apocalyptic fiction available. In this one, the end of the world as we know it is brought about by an electromanegtic pulse (EMP), and an very convincing disaster scenario it set in motion. The author has doen a very good job of researching EMP and consequently all technical, economic and healthwise aspects are very convincing and well-written, and contribute to a strong plot.
However. The author is on several missions here. one - the most benevolent - is to create awareness of the dangers of EMP's and the relative unpreparedness of at least the USA for such a disaster. More troubling is the misanthropic and frankly unpleasantly stereotypic depiction of a number of social groups. We are more or less directly told, that liberals die, since they are lazy. And that uneducated/non-military individuals are likely to turn to crime at a moments notice.

As the novel progresses this unidimensional perception of man as an unethical being, needing a strong and determined leader to control it comes to dominate, and it is never put in doubt. Martial law is introduced and the author indulges in several rather violent and dramatic scenes depicting the need for summary executions, for instance. While such scenes may be completely justified (as in Cormac MacCarthy's the Road) here they seem to serve as a political lesson for the reader. they are constantly counterpointed by rather maudlin events of heroic death, and soldiering on after bereavement. In short a well researched novel ends up gloryfying something not unlike fascism, without any refelctions. Having an introduction by Newt Gingrich serves as a warning of the politics of this book, but not of the shallowness of that political reflection.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By PaulB on 19 Mar 2009
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Fans of the author will not be disappointed by his latest work.
Forstchen examines the effect of an attack on the U.S.A. using an EMP(or rather three EMPs). The electro magnetic pulse ruins most electrical gadgets; computers and anything controlled by them, data storage, modern vehicles and planes, electricity generators,water supply, medical equipment, phones and radios.
The small town in which the story is set reverts to a barter economy and its shops soon run out of food and medicines. Local law enforcement has to cope with increasingly desperate local citizens,stranded motorists, and refugees from the big cities hoping to find food and shelter.
Forstchen examines the big issues mainly by looking at the impact on one family. This approach works well, and the reader is drawn in, wondering "what would I do in that situation?"
The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 may sound trivial. Every single "could have, should have, would have, might have" in the book is written as "could of, should of" etc.After reading several dozen of these I almost ended up shouting at the book. I guess I'm getting old.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Phillips on 20 Feb 2011
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I have read a lot of (mostly fictional) books about apocalpytic events and major disasters, but this is one of the most interesting I have found for a long time. The author has clearly gone to some effort to research and think about what would happen if the US were attacked by electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. These devices are nuclear weapons that are detonated high above the ground so that the usual associated effects (fire, radiation, fallout etc) are not a major issue. However, an electromagnetic wave destroys all electronic devices.

The story is set in the author's real-life neighbourhood and follows a small town in the aftermath of the attack. Nobody is killed immediately but power fails, nothing dependent of computers (including most vehicles) works, communications are lost and nothing can be delivered. The tale is centred around one family in particular, led by a history professor with military experience, who becomes a member of the town council.

The way in which the town handles the lack of food, medical care and all the modern things we take for granted is fascinating. The book is written at just the right pace to show the various problems as they evolve. The book is clearly written as a warning about what could happen, and it is very effective at pointing out all the things that could occur in a realistic manner.

A great, tense story with a serious message.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Birte Gam-jensen on 15 Feb 2010
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William R. Forstchen
One Second After

What happens if the bomb goes off or missiles explode in the sky above North Carolina? What happens if every electronic device breaks and no car will be able to start?
Whatever the reason that is what happens. There is no radio or television to tell the citizens what to do and from complete silence the chaos emerges.

John Matherson is the main character in this book version of a clone between Independence Day and If Tomorrow Comes. He is a teacher but conveniently military trained as well. He is also vulnerable as he is the father of a young girl with diabetes in a place and at a time when medicine becomes less and less available.

This is an horror vision: The emergency generators in the local hospital do not work either, thousands of people are on the run and desperately seeking food, medicine will be stolen at any cost. The small town forms a council and celebrates their first execution within a week.

Fascinating and terrifying reading about a fighting man showing a plausible picture of the vulnerability of today's society.
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