William Forstchen takes us into his hometown in North Carolina, Black Mountain, for the setting of this novel. In One Second After, we get a brief glimpse of the comfortable life in this rural community until…
“Hey, Dad, something strange.” “Yeah?” “Listen.” He stood there silent for a moment. It was a quiet spring evening with the exception of a few birds chirping, the distant bark of a dog … rather nice, actually. “I don’t hear anything.” “That’s it, Dad. There’s no traffic noise from the interstate.”
…the unthinkable. Except it’s unfortunately not that unthinkable. John Matherson has to face the possible end of America as we now know it after the affects of unkown persons plunge them back into probably the 1600’s.
“The crime, the real crime, was those who truly knew the level of threat doing nothing to prepare or prevent it. Bitterly he wondered if they were suffering as the rest of the nation now suffered or were they safely hidden away, the special bunkers for Congress, the administration, where food, water, and medicine for years were waiting for them … and their families? The thought of it filled him with rage. He knew what he would do if he could but go there now; show them Jennifer and then do what he wished he could do to them.”
There are many novels in the post-apocalyptic genre and this is one of the best. Brutal when it has to be, but selective in its brutality. This certainly a page turner with plenty of happiness to balance the sadness. This is a must-read for everyone…especially those who poke “good-natured” fun at me for doing a little prepping. The great news for us is that author Forstchen has two sequels for us.