One Second After

One Second After

Book rating: 04 Paperback Tor Books

By (author) Dr William R Forstchen, Foreword by Dr Newt Gingrich

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 511 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 188mm x 30mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765356864
  • ISBN 13: 9780765356864
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 15,959

Product description

New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that 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. It is a weapon that the "Wall Street Journal" warns could shatter America. 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...and our end.

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William R. Forstchen is the author of "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." Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.

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By Nathanael Boehm 19 Oct 2011 4

I saw this book recommended on survivalist / prepper forums with the caveat that whilst an excellent piece of TEOTWAWKI fiction it was a bit of a clunky read. I agree that it has been poorly edited and I struggled to get past the first few pages but once it got me hooked I couldn't put it down. The author has done a thorough job of fully exploring how a long-term disaster might impact a community complete with hunger, disease, mental illness, leadership, ethics and armed conflict with criminals and gangs. This isn't Hollywood; it's a tragic story full of death and sorrow. This book will hopefully encourage you to take disaster preparation seriously.

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"Civilization slides into the abyss of a new dark age in this horrifying apocalyptic novel. Forstchen has put Bin Laden's wet dream on paper and, in the process, taken civilization straight to the rack."--Stephen Coonts, author of "The Assassin" "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." --W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV "Forstchen's work has flair and power."--Joel Rosenberg, author of "The Sleeping Dragon ""Good storytelling consists very simply of creating characters so believable that the reader forms a deep bond. Forstchen did such a damned fine job with "One Second After" that shortly after the first page, I had been reeled in hook, line, and sinker."--David Hagberg, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Expediter"