One Second After - William R. Forstchen

One Second After

Artist William R. Forstchen

  • Release Date: 2011-04-26
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 2,845 Ratings


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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  • I cried...a lot

    By grrrlchaos
    This book is well written and all too thorough. Prepare to take breaks. Stunning.
  • Do not recommend

    By roughday2018
    The EMP premise is interesting, but the writing style felt amateurish. Perhaps my mistake is comparing this to Cormac McCarthy’s book.
  • A glimpse into a possible future

    By PistolPeterson
    If you don’t know what an EMP or CME can do, please read this book. Take into consideration how quickly people lose their civility after a disaster and multiply it with panic and desperation. How long could you last? Odds are 90% you wouldn’t. This book puts America on notice. There’s no good excuse why our governments do not prepare for this situation and there’s no reason you shouldn’t.
  • A page turner

    By St. Bernardus
    This is a well written book and down right depressing. I would pick it up and put it down to escape the dark realities described in the story. I would then pick it up again to find out which direction the story would go. I will definitely check out his other books.
  • Meh, depends on what you're looking for

    By MeredithL
    If you want to read a stark reminder of how Ill-equipt the government is to take care of the masses in the event of a catastrophic terrorist attack, this is your read. If you are looking for a book about true grit, the American Spirit, or anything to do with survival or preparedness... I suggest you move on.
  • One Second After

    By ray ray 64 23
    The most riveting book I have read in a very long time. Makes one think would we survive.
  • Great Read

    By KPATT8
    This is truly a tremendous work by a leading expert in the field. It's what you will wish your family and neighbors would have read before "it" happened. You can fill in the blank on what "it" is.
  • Page turner!!!

    By Laurie Gum
    Must read!!
  • Military Propaganda

    By BurnTheSchool
    I just finished reading "The Andromeda Strain" and then picked up this book (just so you know where I'm coming from). The whole book seems to be centered around the military and remembering 9/11. Almost all events in this book are painfully foreseeable from the second chapter.
  • Slow-pocalypse

    By JBTZDL101
    On the upside is apocalyptic tale takes no shortcuts, it doesn't jump from catalyst to survivors scratching out an existence in the rubble. No instead, this book looks at the slow descent society takes after the power goes out. Stripped of power our society is unsustainable, and millions die without medicine and food. In a twist, this all happens outside the POV of the characters, they are cut off, and the mass die off, wars, etc, is assumed. This is a slow, quiet death in a small town. Interesting. On the down side, so much focus on a small group begins to become claustrophobic, tiresome, and difficult to read. Also, my least favorite author's crutch makes an appearance: the character who has the one skill the protagonist lacks, shows up just in time. Overall, good, with the few minor annoyances outweighed by the interesting ideas.