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    In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

    This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

    ©2009 William R. Forstchen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    "[An] entertaining apocalyptic thriller....fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beach will have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise." ( Publishers Weekly)

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    • Joel
    • 16/09/2019

    Couldn’t finish

    The main character just seems like this fake idealization of what conservatives think a person should be. “He” is the smart guy, “he” is the guy who uses his smarts to survive, “he” still manages to keep his morality during a difficult situation, “he” is the rugged individual and embodiment of “don’t tread on me”. Everyone else is a savage or an idiot.


    As someone else pointed out - where are the engineers and tech heads who would quickly see this situation as a challenge ? In a situation like this people would quickly band together to start getting critical resources and systems back online. Believe it or not, there are people out there who would take pride in helping other people. Little by little they would work through the problems. They wouldn’t just throw their hands up and say “welp, guess I’ll be a canibal”. Rotfl




    Garbage.

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    • Tyson Stewart
    • 23/01/2020

    The forward is by Newt Gingrich

    That should tell you all you need to know. If your response to that is YAY I LOVE THAT GUY AND EVERYTHING HE STANDS FOR ‘MERICUH! then the book will probably delight you.

    If, on the other hand, you don’t think much of Newt and his party, then I recommend passing on this. Another critical review said this was a lecture wrapped in a poor attempt at a story. Yep. There are some interesting bits, but it’s mostly finger-wagging. The author is attempting to shame us as a society for not spending even more money on defense than we already do as well as not actively preparing to live in a world suddenly without power, electronics, and communication. The trouble is there are many more pressing and likely catastrophes than this one, and worrying about them is a terrible way to live.

    I like most post-apocalyptic fiction for the clever survivalism and rebuilding of society, even as a microcosm. They can be cautionary tales too if that’s what the author wants, but the story should come first. It didn’t here.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 16/04/2019

    Phenomenal

    Amazing narration, terrifyingly realistic story, this book is not for the faint of heart or stomach.

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    • J. Donelson
    • 23/03/2019

    Couldn’t stop even if I wanted to

    As a former nuclear power sailor, I’m familiar with the Compton effect and emp. This is a thought provoking venture into what would happen to our communities were we to be hit with an emp. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and an all too real threat. It will make you want to stockpile food, medicine, fuel, guns, ammunition, and every pre-80s era vehicle you can get your hands on.

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    • Anthony Cunningham
    • 28/09/2019

    Embarrassing army porn

    Wooden dialogue, paragraph after paragraph of tedious descriptions of some such gun or explosive or whatever, and a never ending barrage of "oo rah semper fi soldiers are saints must salute the flag" silliness.

    tedious treatment of an interesting premise

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    • Andrew Gardner
    • 13/04/2019

    Eye Opening

    Like many of the characters of this book, I never thought of the possibility of a civilization ending event, such as an EMP. Like the fictional citizens of Black Mountain, NC, I didn’t believe that this was even a plausible idea, let alone remotely possible. But, unlike those fictional men, women and children I grew to love and admire, crying at births and deaths and celebrating at the discovery of food, I have been awakened to the possibility of life as I know it coming to an end.

    As a result of this fictional, but all too real novel, I have began to prepare myself and my family for the possibility of any event that would put us at risk, particularly the events that threaten to end life as I know it.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 23/07/2019

    Get on with it already!!

    Oh man, well, where do I start and not provide any spoilers... The voice acting is OK at best, not the voice actor himself but the way the directing made the main character sound like he is Rambo but in fact he's more of a Military pencil pusher, Doesn't quite go with the depiction of the character. And OMG!!! how long does it take a book to get to the main topic at hand, Holy cow!! Yes I get it, it is fiction and the author can do whatever they want, but man, we are talking about a post apocalyptic scenario, the author chews on this story like it is freaking bubble gum, You are in the book for quite sometime before the main plate is served and even then!!! I am sorry for all my rambling, I was very disappointed by this book. So many other books out there of this same subject are so much better formatted, they put you in the action right away and explain things along the way. This book is like watching some kind of twisted southern soup opera where every dramatic detail is explained and the action is just a by-product of that drama, boring!!!!

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    • Kurt Schwoppe
    • 02/03/2017

    A Realistic Worst Nightmare

    Do NOT let the negative comments sway you; this is an EXCELLENT book. Maybe the impact regarding EMP is a bit overblown, but who cares!? It’s not about EMP, it’s about what happens to a modern society when it suddenly isn’t modern. The results are terrifying. Bill Forstchen’s conclusions may be extreme, but they are well thought out and certainly possible. While the story does continuously harp about our reliance on modern technology, that’s exactly what the characters are realizing as their modern day conveniences disappear nearly leading them to the point of utter despair. Some may also be put off by a political tone associated with religion and nationalism, but Forstchen supports this societal tendency by weaving in enlightening historical references as seen through the eyes of the main character. This is a fascinating book that holds your attention, smacks you across the face a few times, and hopefully makes you appreciate that iPhone you are currently taking for granted. Finally, Joe Barrett’s narration is also one of the best I’ve ever heard for an Audible book.

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    • Brian Douglas
    • 04/08/2018

    The Good, Bad, and Overall...

    The Good: Interesting approach on an overlooked threat.

    The Bad: Reminds me of the fear factory that is 24 hours news. Linear approach to hardships and obstacles faced during a world changing incident does not allow for alternative options not presented within the story. Lake full of fish - ignored, eat any source of protein - ignore insects, limited resources in a poorly defensible position - stay in place, enforce martial law on others - refuse to give up 'MY' car, have running cars - not apt enough to use them as generators, and the biggest: -use 'MY' morality to dictate your survival. For an Ex-military persona I would expect better survival techniques.

    Overall: The author makes reference to Jonestown fanaticism but fails to see his own hypocrisy in his own writing. The story is fine, the writing is apt, but this is mostly earmarked for the Kool-Ade drinkers who are rating this as firewall 5 stars. I bought it for $5.95 (sale) and got my money worth out of the story. Your mileage and/or Flavor-Ade may vary.

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    • Sara
    • 06/11/2013

    A terrifying story

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    This story was harrowing. I downloaded it as the daily deal and was just checking to make sure the down load worked correctly when I found myself hooked. I listened to the whole book in a matter of days putting aside the book I was currently reading. The narrator did a great job but the story itself captured a sense of truth that made it seem terrifyingly possible. On a personal note, having survived a six day power outage with no water and no where to go after a hurricane and earthquake and flooding several years ago, the reactions of the characters rang true. The deadly aftermath of the EMP attack really made me think about being prepared for disasters in future. Thought provoking. Be warned --considerable graphic violence. Disturbing.

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    • Kaleb McCormack
    • 07/08/2018

    Americans don't cannibalise their neighbours!

    What's new: This time it's an EMP instead of a zombie apocalypse or a super flu.

    What's not new: Everything else.

    In fact it's mostly really old. Same characters that have been seen 100 times – just flatter. A town full Christians and soldiers. Nice, white, heterosexual American patriots (plus a black soldier and the most patriotic Pakistani-American ever featured in literature). While the world plunges into chaos the little town prevails –both physically and morally!– thanks to its Christian college and a professor of military history who keeps reminding everyone of Gettysburg and of Omaha Beach (omitting Wounded Knee, Hiroshima and Abu Ghraib), reciting Lincoln's and Roosevelt's speeches and saluting every flag he sees.

    "We're still Americans!", is the most repeated sentence in the book.
    Whether it's about sharing food or not turning your neighbours into food.

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    • Marek
    • 11/01/2021

    Highly recommended

    Post EMP strike world without electricity, where food is scarce - how will people survive? Great read on the topic and thrilling action. I liked the book very much :)

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    • DMC
    • 10/06/2020

    Merica

    Only an American could write such guff.
    It has the feel of a book that was written with the sole purpose of popularizing a warning about an EMP attack. Written for Americans for Americans, say no more.

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    • Stephan Klose
    • 28/01/2019

    Eine traurige Möglichkeit!

    Die in diesem Buch beschriebene Art eines EMP Angriffs auf die USA oder Europa ist leider nur zu möglich. Ich bin ein erwachsener relativ abgesottener Mann, doch dieses Buch hat mich mehrmals zum weinen gebracht. Es war unterhaltend und realistisch. Dadurch war es nicht immer angenehm zu lesen (hören). Aber ein absolut Empfehlung ist es auf jeden Fall.

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    • Ralf
    • 07/02/2016

    Spannend und gut verständlich

    Ein Hörbuch auf englisch, dass spannend und gut verständlich war, aufgrund des Sprechers. Besser als viele die ich bis jetzt gehört habe. Leider gibt es noch einen zweiten Teil 😉

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    • Thorben F.
    • 10/11/2017

    Chilling

    A chilling tale (very well told) as it shows the very vulnerable nature of modern society. EMP attacks are the poor mans way of getting even and would catapult humanity (or at least those affected) back to the 18th century in a heart beat. The human tragedy would be unheard of.