Review: One Second After by William R. Forstchen

One Second After, by William R. Forstchen, was a gripping novel I read this summer. One of my friends living off the grid loved this book and recommended it.

One Second after documents what would happen if an EMP (an Electrical Magnetic Pulse) created by a nuclear warhead detonated miles above our atmosphere was set off? Using his military and historical background, Forstchen explores what a small town in North Carolina might experience. The book is based on real technology and gives the reader some things to consider. The EMP crashes the national economy, money doesn't have any value, food becomes scarce, all computerized equipment is knocked out, and hunting becomes critical. When you finish reading the book, you will want to stock your pantry, buy a generator, and consider a wood burning stove.

This is the first in a three book series following a character by the name of John Matherson. I am excited to read the next books. It certainly makes you think.

The book reminded me of Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle