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Subject: A new post-apocalypse book
Date Posted: 2/17/2012 10:13 AM ET
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I recall that there are some fans of this here.....It's a couple years old but I had not heard of it before:  "One Second After."

The event is an EMP, which destroys electrical and computer systems, but leaves people anbd buildings unharmed. That means no electricity and no cars or other transportation, no health care, no drugs available, no food---(nobody remembers how to grow or produce), no refidgeration, no banks, etc.

People start dying off very fast from illness, and incredibly fast from starvation. And it's set in a very small town---Black Mountain, NC, which is quickly overrun becus everyone flees the cities for the "country"---and the country people don't want the competition for food and medical supplies.

This book scared the beejeezus out of me, and it's one of the real-est ways a terrorist could attack this country.

Date Posted: 2/18/2012 5:03 PM ET
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I read this about a year ago and loved, loved it.  He got all the details right.  Yes, it was scary.

Date Posted: 2/18/2012 11:05 PM ET
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Got it on my WL!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 2/22/2012 1:17 AM ET
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The audio version of One Second After next in line for me. I also highly recommend Alas, Babylon.
Date Posted: 3/29/2012 3:17 AM ET
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There is a series by S.M. Stirling with similar premise, not known who set off the emp but he builds a great story and it is very enjoyable, while sobering at times.  First one is called Dies the Fire.

Date Posted: 4/2/2012 2:17 PM ET
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My husband is reading it right now and loves it. I have it on cd and it's next up for me.


Date Posted: 4/12/2012 11:52 PM ET
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I just finished Life as We Knew It and loved it.  One of my favorite books.

Date Posted: 4/18/2012 2:09 PM ET
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I'm nearly to the end. What an intense book!

Subject: One second after
Date Posted: 6/9/2012 10:45 PM ET
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I tried to listen to this on tape, but couldn't make it through first chapter.The author just throws out expletives for no other reason than to fil up a page. Too bad...this would have been right up my alley otherwise.
Date Posted: 6/10/2012 5:33 PM ET
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I just don't remember there being expletives in this book (One Second After).  But I read it which allows me to skip offensive parts.  So I know how you feel , but maybe the book is worth the read.  We are still talking about it here at my house a year later. 


Date Posted: 6/10/2012 11:25 PM ET
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I don't remember expletives either. I listend to it and I would remember if there was a lot of swearing.  However, I was really disappointed in One Second After.  Interesting premise, but poorly executed. It really needed an editor: poorly written, badly constucted sentences, terrible dialog. Skip this one and read Alas, Bablyon instead.

Date Posted: 8/28/2012 9:55 AM ET
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if you liked one second after, i recommend reading the patriots. also, terri blackstock has a series, i dont remember the exact name, but we call it the Light series.