One Second After is a compelling work of fiction in its own right and I found it difficult to put it down once I started reading. Even more so because it offers a riveting, unsettling and very plausible look at what our world would look like after a major breakdown, caused in this case by an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack on the Continental United States.
I was in Montréal in March 1989 when a geomagnetic storm disrupted electric power distribution throughout most of the province of Quebec, and caused aurorae as far south as Texas. In an instant, the whole city was plunged in the dark, and in the eerie silence that followed I entertained foreboding thoughts about what would happen if this were to last more than a few hours. The fragile veneer of our civilization was very apparent to me at that moment…
In One Second After, author William R. Forstchen graphically describes what might have happened, and what might still happen.
As former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich writes in his foreword, “Though this book is a work of fiction, it is also a work of fact, perhaps a ‘future history’, that should be thought provoking and, yes, terrifying for all of us.”
“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.”
― Excerpt From Amazon book description
If you are wondering what our world might look like after such an event, this book provides a much more realistic outlook than all the apocalyptic movies that have been coming out these last few years. (See my previous post: Broken Futures: What Are Apocalyptic Movies Trying to Tell Us?)
■ Henri Thibodeau