One Second After Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
One Second After is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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I cried...a lot
This book is well written and all too thorough. Prepare to take breaks. Stunning.
Do not recommend
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
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
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.
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.
By Laurie Gum
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.
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.