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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ramblings on One Second After by William R. Forstchen...

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

I have been hearing a bunch of great things about "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen as a great 'think' piece on what America might be like after an EMP(Electro Magnetic Pulse) in a very enjoyable, easy to read work of fiction.

I was pleasantly surprised that the story took place in an area of North Carolina I once lived near. So the story took on a very vivid and personal note as I have tread upon many of the places that were mentioned in the book. I could easy see the pictures that Mr. Forstchen painted for me in my mind on the canvas of my memories of those places.

The story is about a man named John Matherson who lives East of Asheville in the beautiful small town of Black Mountain, NC. As we begin the story, life is business as usual as it would be in any small town. As we read on the power fails, until we find out later on in the story that America has suffered a EMP detonation that has crippled all of our technology that we depend on so much today.

Later on in the story we discover how John and his community try to struggle to survive and still try to maintain a resemblance of civilization. How they handle power hungry towns as well as the 'golden horde' that eventually tries to plunge the last bastions of civilization into anarchy. How John struggles with ethical and moral decisions that regard others as well as his family...

The characters come alive and you really feel their pain and feel as if you know them. Even though this was not the typical SHTF/TEOTWAWKI novel, it is probably one of the best written scenarios of how how things could come to pass should America fail to heed Mr Forstchen's warnings.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and I highly encourage you to get a copy of this book and read it...

After reading it I found some holes in my own preps and some things that I have never considered before, but are being corrected as you are reading this...

Lord forbid that this scenario (or any other World Changing Situation) ever play out, and hopefully this will get the folks in Washington realizing that this is a threat that needs an intelligent discussion and gets 'their heads outta the sand'...

Thanks for reading! Now go read Mr. Forstchen's book!


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