Thursday, October 8, 2009

ONE SECOND AFTER - William R. Forstchen

Anyone want nightmares? It is the time of year when people search out ghosts and goblins and witches. Whether it is for All Hallow's Eve, Samhain, or Halloween, nothing will scare you more than this book.

This novel is about the year after three EMF nuclear bombs are set off above the United States - EMF meaning electro-magnetic frequency. All electronics are affected, including newer cars and water pumps. There are no ways to get medicines or travel, except by foot.

John, a history professor and former Looey, is forced by his conscience to help his small North Carolina community. The choices are brutal, and the results are realistic. Even John does not come out of this situation unscathed.

My gripes: there is a definite agenda to this book. The foreward is by Newt Gingrich, and the conclusion is by a doctor who talks about how this is being ignored by current and past administration. The writing is achingly poor... at times, I had no idea who was speaking because of the strange dialogue format. When I read about Hurricane Katrina - well, let's just say I laughed out loud because of the author's politics being inserted into the story.

Still, it is a quick read and will make you have freaky nightmares. And if this happens, don't even think about coming out here. My ranch is already booked for doomsday scenarios.

2.5 out of 5.0 Red Deaths.


Chad Sayban said...

It sounds like such an interesting premise. Too bad the writing was so poor. Thanks for taking one for the team. ;-)

Kristin Dodge said...

My dad recommended it, and since he already earned his spot in my bunker... ;-)

I forgot to add that a great literary look at the same premise is Cormac McCarthy's, "The Road." Read the book - do not go to the movie. A painful but amazing work of genius.

Chad Sayban said...

I'll have to check out "The Road." Thanks!

Lydia Sharp said...

Argh! You had me until the "my gripes" part. I don't know if I could handle that, especially the dialogue. That's one of my pet peeves.