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One Second After by William R. Forstchen
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Read in April, 2010

I am laughing now that I am reading other reviews of this book complain about the "of" instead of "have" usage (as in "might of seen"), as this annoyed me in the beginning. I forgave it because it was all in dialog and it's Southern. The story was gripping and realistic on most counts, yet cheesy and patriotic to a fault. The story could be likened to SM Sterling's Dies the Fire (but at least we geta reasonable explanation of the event) plus World Made by Hand, with a bit of the 80's movie Red Dawn for good measure. While I devoured it for the plot, I couldn't help but be annoyed about the military references every five paragraphs and the tear jerking sentimentality. Also, why do almost all of these apocalyptic tales written by men always involve them ending up in bed with a woman or girl ten to twenty years younger? Overall, worth reading for the believability of a good apocalyptic tale.
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