After (Forstchen) Series

by William R. Forstchen



One Second After
One Year After
The Last Day
Author: William R. Forstchen
Series: After Trilogy
Total Hours: 35 hours 23 minutes
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: 01-03-17
OSA: 9781429922067
OYA: 0765376717
TFD: 0765376733

The After series by William R. Forstchen is truly an epic apocalypse series in the vein of “old school” novels in the genre.  Forstchen mentions in his forward that his goal was to deliver a novel in lines with Alas, Babylon and On the Beach, and he succeeded. The main character, John Matherson, is a forty-something, retired Colonel, that is reminiscent of a time long past. He’s a good old boy, veteran, that finds himself at the epicenter of an apocalypse, forced to take a stand and defend his small town.

At the heart of this series, Forsctchen makes many points. He confronts how dependent we are on the grid, what it means to be American, the concept of emergency triage, and the moral consequence of apocalypse selfishness. It’s an interesting mix of concepts and will speak to you on many levels. It will be greatly received by people that “lean prepper” and in fact most will find this almost prophetic since this is a subject that is considered highly possible, considering this book was “urged” by Newt Gingrich since he believed an EMP attack would annihilate the U.S. if it happened.

The first book, One Second After, introduces the town, the main character, and the apocalypse. It covers John’s reluctant leadership and his many ideas on how to keep his town safe. The book also covers the “dying off” of a majority of the people of John’s town. People starve, the sick die without their medications, the hungry attack, and disease is rampant. The first book is the best of the series, it rings true and the horror of the aftermath of chilling. John, while a bit, older than his years, is a likeable character and his emotions ring true, along with his arguments. Narration by Joe Barrett captures the voice of John superbly and brings the book to life.

The second book One Year After, follows up where One Second After left off. I thought there was a relatively good ending via OSA and this book kind of opens your eyes to everything is not as peachy as we hoped. Things are getting back together after the “dying off” periods – but other problems have arisen, including the new established army. The narrator changes in this book, which is understandable with the time between publication – but Bronson Pinchot did not do a good job with this book. He did this “Southern” accent for all the characters that was jarring, even John had a Southern accent – even though the man is from New Jersey. It wasn’t enough to detract from the story, but because of this the book wasn’t as good. It also was because the book was a very “middle” book with inbetween plot syndrome – you know what happened and want to know how it ends, but you have to get through this.

The final book The Final Day, brought everything together. Bronson Pinchot got his stuff together and fixed his shoddy narration and the plot all came together nicely. Overall, this final book was a little predictable, because you know there HAS to be a certain type of ending. There were moments when I thought maybe it might not get to that point – which was nail-biting – but it all came together in the end and I found it very satisfying.

If you have a thing fo apocalypse fiction, straight apocalypse, no frills (romance, light), or chills (horrific paranormal)…this is the series for you.

“We were spoiled unlike any generation in history, and we forgot completely just how dependent we were on the juice flowing through the wires, the buttons doing something when we pushed them.”
The Series That Channels “Old School” Apocalypse Greatness – Audio Spotlight

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

Series: After #1
Narrator: Joe Barrett
Published by Forge Books on April 26th 2011
ISBN: 1429922060
Genres: Apocalypse
Pages: 352
Source:, Purchased
4.5 Stars

In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

The Series That Channels “Old School” Apocalypse Greatness – Audio Spotlight

One Year After (John Matherson #2) by William R. Forstchen

Series: After #2
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Published by Forge Books on June 28th 2016
ISBN: 0765376717
Pages: 448
3.5 Stars

Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should have, a book discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at the dangers of EMPs. An EMP is a weapon with the power to destroy the entire United States in a single act of terrorism in a single second; Indeed, it is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. One Second After was a dire warning of what might be our future... and our end.

One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain and the man who struggled to rebuild it in the wake of devastation: John Matherson. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.

The Series That Channels “Old School” Apocalypse Greatness – Audio Spotlight

The Final Day by William R. Forstchen

Series: After #3
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Published by Forge Books on January 3rd 2017
ISBN: 0765376733
Genres: Apocalypse
Pages: 348
4 Stars

The highly-anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s New York Times bestsellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses readers once more in the story of our nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.
After defeating the designs of the alleged federal government, John Matherson and his community have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order that existed prior to the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack. Then the government announces that it’s ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.
The man sent to confront John is General Bob Scales, John’s old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Will General Scales follow orders, or might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? As the dubious Federal government increasingly curtails liberty and trades away sovereignty, it might just get exactly what it fears: revolution.

This adult, apocalypse novel is a good choice if you’ve read and loved the following books:

Apocalypse Fiction
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