One Second After by William R. Forstchen


One Second After by William R. Forstchen

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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From Publishers Weekly

Jan 12, 2009 – In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians. While the material sometimes threatens to veer into jingoism, and heartstrings are tugged a little too vigorously, fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beachwill have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise. Newt Gingrich provides a foreword.

Customer Reviews


Very good read. Highly recommended. If more people would read this, we might become a more prepared society.

No joke, this can happen

The characters come off as a being a bit over the top "right wing" moral deacons. If you've read Alas Babylon -P Frank, then you've seen a good deal of this plot already.

However, the focus of this work is the shattering effect of EMP weapons used against a technical society whose very existence depends on a convoluted infrastructure working continuously. If that were to fail, as in this novel, the impact on said nation would be devastating beyond comprehension. The EMP effect is well known and understood and one a nations people can make plans to minimize the damage from. This requires the collective will of the populace to insist that their government, and local communities prepare in advance.

With one flick of a switch, your whole way of life can be sent back to the 19th century. How would you eat if there was no supermarket? What would happen if the infrastructure, so depended on by the USA were to evaporate in an instant?

One second after

Fantastic!! From what I know he is right on. As a former emergency manager for a city, we practice drill for EMP strikes and his scenario is pretty much what we expect.

One Second After by William R. Forstchen
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Apr 26, 2011
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, A John Matherson Novel

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