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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks afteer telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real 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 frostchen awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon wecond the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America.

In the tradition of On the BeachFail Safeand Testamentthis book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about One Second Afterplease sign up.

Has it been done as a movie already? Pixellle In addition to Revolution, there was a very good post-apocalyptic TV series called “Jericho. They are totally cut off, and struggle to produce electricity, heat, food, shelter and medical care, and to deal with refugees.

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I thought it was a great mix of interesting characters and ideas, very well written. Does anyone know the author of “testament”? I see it is along the same vein as One Second After but can’t seem to find it. Great movie starring Jane Alexander!

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Lists with This Book. Feb 27, Timmy rated it did not like it Shelves: Every important adult male character is either military or ex-military. As a bonus, several minor characters that are merely alluded to are also ex-military. 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. As others have pointed out, the author doesn’t know the difference between of and have. Much, perhaps most, of the action happens “off scr 5 things I hated about “One Second After” – 1.

Much, perhaps most, of the action happens “off screen,” including the deaths of all but one of the major characters. Rather than active scenes, much plot advancement takes place via expository dialogue, which leads to: Most of the scenes are meetings or speeches, usually with the main character dominating the discussion with his references to military history.

Rather than showing us the hoards of refugees storming the city gates or the plague wiping hundreds out within a month, it’s discussed in the past tense at a meeting of city leaders amid lengthy asides about the main character either thinking about smoking or lighting one up.

Most of the important events are handled this way. Almost every chapter has a character mention “this is still America” or “we’re still Americans. I had read that the author did years of research about EMPs, but even the technical side of the book seemed sloppy and careless – basically a few pages with a handful of EMP talking points repeated over and over.


All together it was a frustrating read. The depth of the grimness is the only reason it doesn’t get one star, but I could change my mind and lower it.

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View all 67 comments. Feb 13, Melissa rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s too bad this book is so poorly written, because the premise is pretty cool. 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.

The ridiculous characters – most of all, John, the hero who has it all. He’s a professor, a doctor, a colonel, owns one of the only running cars left in America that the mayor onr for asking to borrowhas a little b It’s too bad this book is so poorly written, because the premise is pretty cool. He’s a professor, a doctor, a colonel, owns one of the only running cars left in America that the mayor apologises for asking to borrowhas a little bit o’ hippie in him, and is the only person who gets to talk for more than a sentence at a time.

The preposterous aftrr – say what you like about lazy, dependent Americans, but I refuse to believe that a power outage, even on a national scale, would cause this kind of devastation in such a short amount of time. Fifteen thousand people in one town really would starve to death in less than two months?

I’m sure there are people in the world who would love to get calories a day. At some point, the lady character who’s there to be a sexual foil for our boy John tells secojd, “I feel like I’m in pne bad novel. View all 23 comments. Mar 12, Alex rated it really liked it. I understand the well-done and well-meaning low reviews my fellow bookworms gave this novel.

Many points I agree with. To be honest, I almost clicked three stars myself. However, reading “One Second After” was not about entertainment for me.

I wanted to learn. Oddly, the premise of forstchenn book – an EMP electro magnetic pulse shutting down the world’s grid – came to my reality when all the high power solar forstcuen were coming towards earth in early March Solar flares can cause the same reacti I understand the well-done and well-meaning low reviews my fellow bookworms gave this novel.

Solar flares can cause the same reaction as EMPs, crazy forstchwn that works. The book then goes on to describe life after society falls apart. William Forstchen is an authentic and thoughtful conservative presenting the reader with a realistic view of this mindset.

As I find myself looking for a more balanced approach to politics, economics, and larger understandings, it’s clear to me the left side including my former self, are as narrow as we believe the right to forsstchen.

This book aftwr my forstchem and presented me with an inside look at the conservative camp. It’s not so bad.

Forstchen even addresses the far right Christian sticklers in a not-so-good light. Forstchdn personal look into conservative lives is a nice byproduct of why I picked up “One Second After,” but not the main reason. Mainly, I wanted to see a vision of collapse. All empires come to an end and America is doing its level best to be next.


I purposely read this book to learn how life without a centralized structure may look. Max Kaiser, Jim Rogers, and “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author, Robert Kiyosaki forstcben other economists, are all coming out and warning us that economic collapse is imminent.

I felt “One Second After” may offer a glimpse of what this could look like and what to expect. After researching the history of other countries who faced collapse like Argentina, Zimbabwe, Soviet Union, and even as far back as Germany, it’s clear America is on the same track.

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With the popularity of National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers” it appears more and more people are becoming aware of how afted up and entwined their dependent lives are on others. How much can we really do for ourselves?

Our food, electricity, transportation, and health are very much dependent upon resources outside our immediate ability.

What if those shut off? This book presents an idea of how that may play out. I am so very thankful for William R. Forstchen and all authors who write down their point-of-view in novels, so I may take out and use what works for me. I am thankful that I have the capacity to observe, ponder, and stay curious rather than rush to judgment. And what if that’s all we are required to do? Trust our own knowing and extrapolate the parts that fit us.

I am aware of all evil lurking out there and I’m not scared. I am aware and I am grinning. View all 18 comments. Nov 05, Joe H rated it did not like it. This book was possibly the worst book I have ever read and my objections go far beyond the story line. The writing style is tedious and lazy — how many times were the character’s responses to a conversation “what?

How many days into the blackout did the town folk suggest that they should perform a summary execution for looting? Whatever it was, the protagonist just jumped right into the role of town executioner without the requisite inner monologue questioning the morality of the action.

What would have made the story interesting is a parallel track showing how the actions of one clan affected another or how two different clans had a different approach to solving problems. I for one would be interested to see the truth – that the kind of “me against them” thinking proselytized in the book affects moral judgment negatively and has far reaching implications beyond the clan.

But the book is completely devoid of character development and you will not identify with any of them. As for the author’s ego I would like to point out several things. First, it is obvious that the author modeled the protagonist after himself.

That in itself seems to be in bad taste. I’d also like to point out that the protagonist spent zero effort in the first half of the book comforting his young diabetic child which seems to be a curious omission given that the author dedicated the book to his daughter.