Monday, July 16, 2012

One Second After, by William R. Forstchen

One Second After
by William R. Forstchen

I really enjoyed this book, although it scared the hell out of me. One Second After is unlike the typical post apocalyptic/dystopian novels that I've read because it portrayed an extremely realistic outcome of an equally realistic scenario. I had no idea about the possibility of that kind of terroristic attack. If you, like me, don't even know what an EMP is, you'll probably be just as fascinated and nervous as I was after reading this book.

You should know that the actual threat level we can expect from an EMP device is heavily debated. If you Google it right now, you'll find articles from fairly reputable sources arguing both that the EMP threat is a real and present danger, and conversely, that it's merely a conspiracy theory and/or just an extremely unlikely threat. It is important to note that while EMPs do have the power to do what the book suggests, it appears that the technology may have existed for many years, and hasn't been utilized by anyone at the level of destruction explained in this book.

Regardless of whether or not you believe that the threats contained within are valid, it's a good read. It will make you think of a million scenarios for which you are most definitely not prepared to deal with. I, myself, love a good conspiracy theory, and enjoy watching and reading about them. Let's face it, a good conspiracy theory plot is definitely scarier than any mystery or horror fantasy can be. The very nature of the conspiracy, the fact that there is some grain of truth to it, even if it is sometimes buried beneath mounds of bull shit, is both frightening and intriguing.

Forstchen does a great job of weaving the story in such a way that makes it seem almost too realistic. By the end, you are truly concerned that tomorrow you may find yourself in this situation, knowing how completely unprepared you would be. If you like a book that makes you want to run out and buy a few thousand military rations to hoard in your basement, this is the book for you.

No comments:

Post a Comment