One Second After (Unabridged)
by William R. Forstchen
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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.
Don't read this book unless you want to spend the next few day's worrying about what you should be doing to prepare your family for the potential of an EMP attack! I have love Bill Forstchens books for years, but One Second After has opened a whole new level of appreciation for his work. Bill writes believable characters and a story that is rich in thought provoking narratives. I have been making lists of things I need to keep my family safe if what Bill's warns us about comes true. Scary stuff, but something we should all be made aware of.
Republican publicity spoils it
An interesting concept that kept me going with well crafted pacing and lovable, if predictable, characters. Would have been a 3 or maybe even a 4. For me, the problem was this: In these kind of survival thriller, the science has to be pretty plausible for me to enjoy. I have to trust the author's research of that stuff. It was working for me for a while, until a few chapters. Then, when the characters are lamenting that the government wasn't prepared for an EMP attack, the author drops in this political talking point: "If only we'd prepared for this, instead of spending all that time and money on global warming, which was only maybe a problem, though a lot of people think it isn't." This kind of sell-out blows both the story and the scientific plausibility that I needed to enjoy the book. Oh well.
I listened to this book on a roadtrip and found myself yelling at the narrator repeatedly. Stylistically I was bothered by the way the daughters were both written and read like idealized 5 year olds from the 50s as wells as by the author's repeated use of "he couldn't believe it had only been X days" every time the plot advanced. Some other thoughts- -Where are all of these Satanists coming from? -The implicit argument about gun control in the form of "thank god everyone had those illegal automatic weapons in their basements" was ridiculous. -The protagonist is a particularly unbelievable "Mary Sue" who both happens to know everything about EMP attacks and always knows exactly what to do, but doesn't mind telling us how noble he is for doing it for about 20 minutes. -The portrayal of HIV and Hepatitis as exotic diseases brought in by those "outsiders" from the cities aka- the satanists. That being said this audiobook did enliven my drive through West Virginia and for that I thank you Mr. Forstchen. -Ethan