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One Second After - William R. Forstchen

One Second After

By William R. Forstchen

  • Release Date: 2011-04-26
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 3,437 Ratings


A post-apocalyptic thriller of the after effects in the United States after a terrifying terrorist attack using electromagnetic pulse weapons.

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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  • One Second After

    By W@t3rTs
    An amazing book. When an EMP blast takes out all communications and electronics in the United States. This is the story of one town’s attempt at survival. Heartbreaking and frightening.
  • WHAT IF?

    By Prophet Amos
    The sign of a great book is that it makes you think, and helps one relate with the characters. An interesting topic, well researched, and presented by Forstchen.
  • Don’t waste your time

    By Sdfrdeghfrjed
    I was only happy when it ended. A boring beginning, middle and end. Written at a middle school reading level, if that. None of the characters likable, not even the dogs. Plot was wack. End was lame, but glad it was over at least. I want my $9.99 back. A true zero star...I can go on and on just like the story did for no reason
  • Eye opening!

    By Ann1ca45
    Eye opening book and realistic read. The drives home As a society , we rely too much on electronic devices to live. This book reveals our significant vulnerability as a nation if we to experience a major EMP.
  • Absolutely riveting

    By Cokorado Lady
    I couldn’t put this book down, finished reading it in a day and a half in just a few sittings.
  • Great read

    By ksha
    This brought a very important perspective of how quickly the world can change to reality. It was very interesting reading this during the COVID - 19 pandemic.
  • Page turner!

    By Creoletexan
    Excellence, well-researched novel. I read this is less than a week. The author does a great job illustrating many of the details of what could go wrong after such an attack. He brings up things that many people wouldn’t think of.
  • Hate Fiction - Loved This

    This is a possible real scenario and will really make you think. Lots of good ideas for the up and coming prepper.
  • This is a must read for everyone!

    By VirginiaVol
    In today’s world, knowledge and awareness is the only thing that will let you survive. If you are trapped into the digital age, this is a true wake up call for everyone on how quickly and badly society can change when presented with any major disaster or event. Read this again and again! Then do the same to the follow up books.
  • Awesome book

    By Bbpfeiffer07
    Great book really well written