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One Second After by William R. Forstchen
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Feb 17, 12

bookshelves: post-apocalypse, teotwawki
Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Overall, it's an entertaining, if scary, interpretation of what could happen after an EMP attack on the US. This book is a useful tool to fight narcolepsy . . . it will keep you up at night wondering if you have done enough to protect your family in case of an emergency.

Unfortunately, there are considerable holes in the plot. (See the end of this review if you want to know.)

As others have explained at greater length, the writing style is a bit loose: to me, it reads like a second draft of something that might have taken four drafts to make really good.

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— Why don't people use batteries more in the first stages of the aftermath? At the very beginning he mentions that one person uses a flashlight but, after that, not another thing runs on batteries for the whole book.
— Why are generators so rare in a rural/mountain setting?
— There are inconsistencies about which things are affected and which are not. (e.g. Why do some cars work if they were in an underground parking garage when others [in seemingly equally protected locations] do not?)
— Why can't they pick up radio transmissions from other parts of the world? Sure many (most?) of the transmitters in the US might be knocked out, but shortwave (even AM) radios can often pick up transmissions from much farther away than the Continental US.
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