At the recommendation of a friend, I purchased a hardbound copy of, Although fiction, this book is a very believable & terrifying account of how life continues and changes after an Electric Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon is set off over the USA. -Publishers Weekly Perhaps it was the historian coming out, but Forstchen took amazing events - battles, plagues, life and death - and rather dryly recounted them. Welcome back. 4.25 Stars One Second After Another is the conclusion of the story of Penny and Luca, and like the first two books in this series, the author takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions. Some books get a 5***** rating due to their shear literary greatness, others because they are genre leaders, but the book One Second After gets my 5***** rating due to the sheer realism of the book, and the extremely possible doomsday scenario it sets forth. Refresh and try again. He's a professor, a doctor, a colonel, owns one of the only running cars left in America that the mayor. I just know I am not going to sell my 1964 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, not after reading this book. It starts out with an introduction by Newt Gingrich, is too realistic, & the dog dies while the hero lives. It's not even my first EMP-apocalypse book, so all of this "OMG! The good were too g, Forstchen started with a fantastic premise, but unfortunately the book failed to live up to the idea. Eye roll after eye roll. There were holes and gaps in the story, and I really wanted a better battle scene when the Posse appears. According to the forward, this weapon actually does exist and destroys all things run by electricity which makes the story all the more frightening. Sort of scary. It has been discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a realistic look at EMPs and their awesome ability to send catastrophic shockwaves throughout the … Short recap: one spring day, 3 nuclear weapons are exploded over the US, generating an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP), frying everything digital. This gets 5+ stars for provoking serious thought while the writing itself was just okay. Start by marking “One Second After (After, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Select files or add your book in reader. It wouldn't get us far, but at the very least we'd have some food, water, first aid supplies, etc. Download Save. . I see it is along the same vein as One Second After but can't seem to find it. It was a three page short story entitled "The Last Testament" written by Carol Amen. It did get a bit in the weeds with the tactical plans but there were some things that really made me stop and think and then what if’s. Chapters 10-12. Recent articles about EMP and North Korea. No cars. North Korea is a bigger threat than people recognize. One Second After the Lights Go Out: An EMP Survival Handbook by Lisa edford Most preppers have read at least one book about post-EMP survival. The slipshod editing - you may think you're saying "must of" because that's what it sometimes sounds like, but you're actually saying "must've" and any editor with an actual job should know this. I am terrified. "Alas Babylon" and "On the Beach" this most certainly is not. or "damn?" The book reached the number 11 position on The New York Times best-seller list in fiction on May 3, 2009. My poor heartstrings too, I felt so strongly for the characters! After reading One Second After I put together a GHB (get home bag) for my hubby and also a large 72 hour kit for our car. “America is like an exotic hothouse plant. Perhaps this novel could be made into a drinking game. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. One Second After was released on March 17, 2009, and a trade paperback edition was released on November 24, 2009. One Second After (A John Matherson Novel Book 1) - Kindle edition by Forstchen, William R., Newt Gingrich, William D. Sanders. It is truly frightening to contemplate how life would change should this occur. I started reading this during the coronavirus so the timing was strange as people did raid stores for toilet paper and cleaning supplies just as they raided the stores in the book. Author's mission accomplished. preppers, end-timers, people who have got nothing in their cupboards but a few cans of soup. See all 14 questions about One Second After…, Best Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop W, Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb, 30 New Contemporary YA Romances for Sweet Summer Lovin'. To show you how bad this book is, I will write my review in the style of the author. That would make reading this book much more manageable. 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. Perhaps it was the historian coming out, but Forstchen took amazing events - battles, plagues, life and death - and rather dryly recounted them. Consider yourself on your own from “one second after” the event. One thing that was laughable was the idea that without meat - you die. Get started. One Second After was the first book I read when I began to feel a shift in my thinking on the world, on politics, and on making it through our disasters. From simple things like digital watches to the most complex such as the entire power grid....everything shuts off. Mixed results in some ways, but overall this is an important book. Sadly, this is in line with how most women are viewed in this book; there are some strong women but most are in caregiver roles while the men make the decisions and do their best to save the day. Think no communication/cell phones/computers, no vehicles produced after the late '70s, no refrigeration/air conditioning, no ability to produce basically everything that we ha. William R. Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After, One Year After, The Final Day, and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction.He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men's Souls and … One thing that was laughable was the idea that without meat - you die. 5 things I hated about "One Second After" -, I started reading this during the coronavirus so the timing was strange as people did raid stores for toilet paper and cleaning supplies just as they. The author apparently did not learn the lesson of Writing 101 that you need to show, not tell.  will have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise." Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. "A blood-chilling wake-up call that chaos and death are but a power plug away...Stock up on food, water, medicine, and batteries now.  This horror could happen tomorrow." Reading the events about a family that was so ill-prepared to take care of itself made me begin to think about my family and how we’d cope. I understand the well-done and well-meaning low reviews my fellow bookworms gave this novel. It is a weapon that The Wall Street Journal warned could shatter our nation. The book reached the number 11 position on the New York Times Best Seller list in fiction, on May 3, 2009. And it may already be in the hands of our enemies. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. The premise of the story is that an EMP (electronmagnetic pulse) is created by the detonation of 3 nuclear bombs above the earth's atmosphere, which renders all electronic, digital, computerized elements in the infrastructure of the U.S. inoperable, which leads to a complete and total breakdown of life as we know it. This book was possibly the worst book I have ever read and my objections go far beyond the story line. . I recommend it. Those who realize that now have the greatest chance of survival. "...fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon, and “The only thing more terrifying than this masterfully crafted story is the possibility of it actually happening—and not a damn thing being done to protect us.” A war lost because of a terrifying weapon, an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). One second everyone is living in the digital wonderland of today and the next they are back in The Middle Ages, although that will take some time to become clear to everyone. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. and our end. Months before publication, One Second After was already cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. No restocks of drugs at the pharmacy. One Second After is a 2009 dystopian alternate history novel by Dr. William Forstchen depicting what might happen to a small American town after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strike. The writing style is tedious and lazy -- how many times were the character's responses to a conversation "what?" Enjoy this free preview Unlock all 29 pages of this Study Guide by subscribing today. 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. . Watch this short video of Forstchen on Fox News where he refers to an EMP attack as a "nation-wide Katrina event." Good, scary and heartbreaking. The pining, the angst, the heady emotions! William Forstchen. Read this because of its interesting premise and its location in Western NC. But what I find most disturbing are (1) the delusions of grandeur evident in the introduction and postscript, (2) the obvious parallels between the author's real-life ego and the book's protagonist, and (3) the complete lack of introspection the characters have about their actions. Whenever any character talks about “being Americans” or breaks into patriotic song, take a drink. Whenever any character talks about “being Americans” or breaks into patriotic song, take a drink. Mistake. The premise seems so plausible and that was what made this so scary. Preachy and abrasive, I imagine this book would only appeal to hard core fans of the End of the World novel. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published In addition to Revolution, there was a very good post-apocalyptic 2006 TV series called "Jericho." Assumes the coalescence of rather large political groups in the immediate wake of disaster in contrast to some kind of organic growth of smaller primary loyalty groups. But One Second After achieves real power, and is a genuine page-turner besides. It has been discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a realistic look at EMPs and their awesome ability to send catastrophic shockwaves throughout the United States, literally within seconds. A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war that sends our nation back to the Dark Ages. Chapter Summaries & Analyses. Chapters 1-3. There is no warning, no preparation for the attack, in the blink of an eye all things digital go out of existence. -William B. Scott, coauthor of Space Wars. He received his doctorate from Purdue University with specializations in Military History, the American Civil War and the History of Technology. Summary. It can only live now in the artificial environment of vaccinations, sterilization, and antibiotics we started creating a hundred or more years ago.”, “The enemy will never attack you where you are strongest. Eye roll after eye roll. “In a Norman Rockwell town in North Carolina ….ex-servicemen recall “Korea in ‘51” as military action by unlikely people becomes the norm in Forstchen’s sad, riveting, cautionary tale.” Overview. This book is so full of errors that I was put off immediately. John was described as an average Joe, but he came across more like a character out of a, Do you rate a book only on the quality of the writing or on how it makes you think after you finish? . All gone. Many points I agree with. As much as I like post-apocalyptic novels, zombies, aliens, and supernatural horrors are entertaining but not scary, because we know those types of end-of-the-world scenarios are not going to happen. The author apparently did not learn the lesson of Writing 101 that you need to show, not tell. William R. Forstchen – One Second After Audiobook Free. One Second After by William R. Forstchen One Second After, one of the most horrifying and apocalyptic science fiction that will stun you like an EMP! The main character is a pompous, self-appointed hero who cannot refrain himself from describing the tightness of various women's blouses. One Second After audiobook review. William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction.He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men's Souls and Valley Forge. Plan currently. One second everyone is living in the digital wonderland of today and the next they are back in The Middle Ages, although that will take some time to become clear to e. Do you rate a book only on the quality of the writing or on how it makes you think after you finish? No nothing. Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail-Safe, and Testament , this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future . There's a lot wrong with this bit of fiction. You do not wish to be captured with your pants down. This is the book that prompted my first post, and really pushed me to start thinking of myself as a prepper or a survivalist.If you stay dependent on today’s way of life, you will die quickly when it is all taken away from you. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading One Second After (A John Matherson Novel Book 1). It’s a miracle. One Second After by William R. Forstchen is a really scary book. OK. Now we know. It was almost like reading a briefing note, or an informative pamphlet. 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. [5] Film adaptation. One Second After depicts the near-destruction of the United States, with the deaths of some two hundred million of its citizens, as a result of a type of disaster that most Americans never think about—not an earthquake, a terrorist's bomb, or a nuclear strike on land. No refrigeration. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. by Forge Books. It is good that there aren’t too much characters introduced in the book. . March 17th 2009 I wanted to learn. This book pressed all my crazy buttons. Film adaptation He missed out on so many opportunities to really wow the audience with action and suspense. is somewhat old hat, which means that this book has to stand on its own merits, which are negligible. In 1999 I kind of chuckled at some friends who were convinced Y2K was going to wipe us out and I think were slightly disappointed when it did not. Character Analysis. Sad I took the time to read it. Mistake. I agree with loads of the comments above regarding poor character development. On the Beach Airplanes drop out of the sky. The Official Map of One Second After authorized by the author is now available for purchase online - click below! No electronics!" The book is the first in a trilogy known as the John Matherson series. William R. Forstchen (born 1950) is an American author who began publishing in 1983 with the novel Ice Prophet. It was entirely “tell” instead of “show.”. Every important adult male character is either military or ex-military. This book was possibly the worst book I have ever read and my objections go far beyond the story line. New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen tells a story that might be all too terrifyingly real. No power. Also, the characters were almost insufferable. Also, the characters were almost insufferable. One Second After was released on March 17, 2009, and a trade paperback edition was released on November 24, 2009. I really enjoyed this! "One Second After" is a pro-military propaganda piece thinly veiled as fiction, nothing more. Sometimes a couple of editorial mistakes can be forgiven but not at this level and surely the author knew better......didn't he? Only the author's military characters are portrayed positively, women and "hippies" are described as basically worthless human beings, the main character is a hypocrite of the highest order, almost the entire book plays out in conversations between military characters (classic "telling, not showing" writing mistake), and there's no attempt at character development whatsoever in an end o. Seriously. He is a Professor of History and Faculty Fellow at Montreat College, in Montreat, North Carolina. What is more life-changing than an 5 things I hated about "One Second After" - 1. Treatment of the die-off is enlightening; it suggests we don't have a healthcare problem, just a deathcare problem: lots of nonviable people if we are plunged back into the past technology-wise. He missed out on so many opportunities to really wow the audience with action and suspense. This is a book that will make you wonder how you would handle things if it happens. It does make me think about what important and really how dependent we are not only on other states but on other countries. Imagine this: One day out of the blue....no forewarning....everything stops. However, reading "One Second After" was not about entertainment for me. If you do not know your weakest point, be certain, your enemy will.”, http://us.macmillan.com/onesecondafter/WilliamForstchen. Thanks for the EMP information, but the "fictional" parts of this fiction book were sadly lacking. Themes. The ridiculous characters - most of all, John, the hero who has it all. Although a work of fiction, New York Times bestseller One Second After is set in the real town of Black Mountain, NC, and the locations were known well by … Interesting speculation on an instant low-tech future. Months before publication, One Second After was already cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Ah, teen romance! Zojo31 , 08/04/2012. Somebody find me an editor and grammarian!!!! Not scary like a Stephen King book, but more like a wake up call to how fragile the world we live in is. We are so dependent now on computers and digital machines, we simply have no conception of life without. The good were too good and the bad were too bad. -Whitney Scott, Booklist It's about the people of a small town in Kansas, in. Short recap: one spring day, 3 nuclear weapons are exploded over the US, generating an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP), frying everything digital. or "damn?" This gets 5+ stars for provoking serious thought while the writing itself was just okay. Chapters 4-5. I also wanted better feel for the community and the people. We’d love your help. Chapters 8-9. I agree with the post above that we as a nation are ill prepared for any type of issue. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV Great movie starring Jane Alexander! Although fiction, this book is a very believable & terrifying account of how life continues and changes after an Electric Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon is set off over the USA. The dude claims he was inspired by one of my PA favorites, Perhaps this novel could be made into a drinking game. This ain't my first time at the apocalypse rodeo. One Second After. Think no communication/cell phones/computers, no vehicles produced after the late '70s, no refrigeration/air conditioning, no ability to produce basically everything that we have come to depend on in our daily lives...and that's just for starters. (For example, at one point we learn that a pharmacist's husband is an ex-ranger and insists that she keep a gun at the pharmacy. No communication. The remaining titles are One Year After (2015) and The Final Day (2017), and all three books are New York Times bestsellers. As a liberal Democrat I am seriously ready to buy a gun, start stock piling food, medication, and have actually been searching survivalist web sites. This is a one-year story of John, his family and his community's heart-wrenching struggle to survive after an EMP attack. The Baer/Haggerty Offensive of Repatriot Radio interviews Dr. William Forstchen on EMP, a devastating event that could kill 90% of Americans in 18 months. One Second After - read free eBook by William R. Forstchen in online reader directly on the web page. . Personal Security. I really enjoyed it, it reminded me of The Stand. It's too bad this book is so poorly written, because the premise is pretty cool. I'll start by saying I don't think I am the target audience for this. I didn't enjoy this book at all. Gone. It was easy enough to read, but huge sections of the book seemed to be dedicated to the protagonist explaining things to the other, poorly defined characters. Luca and Penny were great characters from beginning to end, but my favorite part of the story was being able to keep up with Penny's growth throughout her journey. But what I find most disturbing are (1) the delusions of grandeur evident in the introduction and postscript, (2) the obvious parallels between the author's real-life ego and the book's protagonist, and (3) the complete lack of introspection the characters have about their. One Second After William Forstchen. I would suggest and STRESS that every person have a strategy. William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction.He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men's Souls and Valley Forge. in case an EMP hit while we were traveling. He sketches very broadly. No weekly grocery deliveries to stores. Kill off the hero or wipe out a town, but don't kill a devoted dog. To be honest, I almost clicked three stars myself. I thought it was a great mix of interesting characters and ideas, very well written. One Year After is the New York Times bestselling follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s smash hit One Second After, the novel cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read The story begins one year after One Second After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and brought America to its knees. Very sympathetic characters. I can figure out things for myself, I dont need to be told every little detail reader rhonda. Read this because of its interesting premise and its location in Western NC. The writing style is tedious and lazy -- how many times were the character's responses to a conversation "what?" -W.E.B. Still, with all those evils, I had to give this book 5 stars & I have to recommend it to everyone. Does anyone know the author of "testament"? This strong class of contemporary YA romances hitting shelves this summer is proof... To see what your friends thought of this book, In addition to Revolution, there was a very good post-apocalyptic 2006 TV series called "Jericho." He will attack where you are weakest. If the following bit of dialogue turns you off, please don't attempt to read this book: A movie based upon the novel One Second After by William Forstchen would look a lot like Red Dawn, or Cormac McCarthy’s, Forstchen started with a fantastic premise, but unfortunately the book failed to live up to the idea. This book is intense, heart-wrenching, and not for the easy-queasy! Chapters 6-7. The writing itself falls into almost 100% exposition during the last half of the novel, and characters are quickly disposed of in a sentence or two. Please! The main character is a pompous, self-appointed hero who cannot refrain himself from describing the tightness of various women's blouses. And it is completely feasible for an attack like this to happen with absolutely no warning. According to the forward, this weapon actually does exist and destroys all things run by electricity which makes the story all the more frightening. It's about the people of a small town in Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear attack on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States. The target audience are military, patriots, members of the gov't, and WASP males. That would make reading this book much more manageable. one second after Great story, but spoilt by a boring narrator, the constant repeating of the main character`s name and all the references to God and history and old movies. This is a tough one to discuss. They are totally cut off, and struggle to produce electricity, heat, food, shelter and medical care, and to deal with refugees. Only the author's military characters are portrayed positively, women and "hippies" are described as basically worthless human beings, the main character is a hypocrite of the highest order, almost the entire book plays out in conversations between military characters (classic "telling, not showing" writing mistake), and there's no attempt at character development whatsoever in an end of the world scenario (a ridiculously difficult error to make). As a bonus, several minor characters that are merely alluded to are also ex-military. One Second After is the most well-known and has caused many people to become preppers overnight. Do not read this book if you are seeking a pleasant read to pass the time. The story is told in a third person viewpoint, therefore, making it a lot easier for readers to understand. I agree with loads of the comments above regarding poor character development. This is a piece of propoganda aimed at lobbying people to take precautions against an EMP attack. 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