Apocalypse Challenge Day 2



How will it end?

One Second After was published in 2009 by William R. Forstchen. Forstchen’s novel is about an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on the continental U.S. He bases the book in the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, a place he’s lived and worked in.

The EMP blast hits the U.S. and all power is wiped out. There is no more electricity, cars will not run, plans can’t fly…the country gets thrown back into the pre-modern age in seconds, but the bad thing, is that most people are dependent on technology, so they quickly begin to die off. The EMP blasts kills off 90% of the population.

What makes this so real is that the book was written because it was requested by Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House (1999) and presidential candidate. Because of Gingrich’s passion for securing our country against an EMP blast, Forstchen wrote the book. With dire warning he prefaces the book with information about EMP strikes, how all it would take would be one nuclear bomb detonated 200 miles above us to cause what is called the Compton Effect. What is this you might ask? Basically it is a release of wavelengths of gamma rays that scatter over the planet disrupting circuits, the power girds, computer chips – anything electronic. They are overloaded as they absorb too many amps – and they fry. Bye bye the grid.

Most doomsday preppers believe the grid going down is going to be the U.S.’s apocalypse. I tend to agree that if it’s going to happen anyway, it’s going to be this way. All it takes is one bomb and we’re a Third World country.

Hence, ONE SECOND AFTER is the most believe apocalypse book I’ve read.

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    When I saw the post title this is the book that came to mind. There’s a point in the book where I ugly cried for a long time.