William R. Forstchen (DAY OF WRATH, PILLAR TO THE SKY) tells the story of one town’s survival over the course of a year, after attacks on the United States and parts of Europe leave much of the world in chaos. Nuclear weapons exploded in the upper atmosphere above the U.S. create an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that wipes out all electronics – in one second. Electrical outlets, cars and trucks, internet, phones, television, refrigeration – things we take for granted in the 21st century – no longer work. Food becomes scarce, as do life-saving medicines and other staples of modern life.
John Masterson, a college professor in a small North Carolina town, works with the local police to organize his neighbors, ration available food and other supplies, and create a local army to guard the town’s borders against the increasingly violence of roving, desperate bands. Terrible decisions involving life and death come in to play as the country falls into chaos. Masterson and town leaders struggle to keep their own people alive in the midst of this escalating nightmare.
ONE SECOND AFTER was cited in Congress as a book all Americans should read. This bestselling novel has become a bible of the prepper movement.
“Wonderful, very skillful, very insightful.”
- Larry Niven, author of RINGWORLD and co-author of LUCIFER’S HAMMER
“A blood-chilling wake-up call that chaos and death are but a power plug away. Stock up on food, water, medicine and batteries now. This horror could happen tomorrow.”
- William Bl. Scott, former editor and bureau chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology and co-author of SPACE WARS
"Bill Forstchen is highly respected in the military history community because he is the only one working in the field who understands the operational aspects of war, as well as the tactical and the policy/Strategic levels."
- Dr. Dennis Showalter, Past President of the Society for Military History, author of TANNENBERG, CLASH OF EMPIRES
(Re: DAY OF WRATH)
“A THRILLING — AND TERRIFYING — TALE OF WHAT COULD BE OUR NEXT 9/11!”
- W.E.B. Griffin, New York Times bestselling author
In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that instantly disables almost every electrical device in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Airplanes, most cars, cellphones, refrigerators all are fried as the country plunges into literal and metaphoric darkness. History professor John Matherson, who lives with his two daughters in a small North Carolina town, soon figures out what has happened. Aided by local officials, Matherson begins to deal with such long-term effects of the disaster as starvation, disease and roving gangs of barbarians. While the material sometimes threatens to veer into jingoism, and heartstrings are tugged a little too vigorously, fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beachwill have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise. Newt Gingrich provides a foreword.
Should be on the curriculum
Reading this really opened my eyes as to how unprepared I am even for a week long blackout, let alone months/years without our usual “basics”. We should all have to read this book in school along with Shakespeare etc.