The thrilling follow-up to the New York Times best-selling novel One Second After.
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.
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One Year After is the sequel to the excellent One Second after but alas does not rise to its predecessor’s standard. The book settles into a familiar narrative that does not deliver any surprises to the reader.
The book starts off two years after "the day" which is one year after the end of the first book in the series and in that lies the mystery of the title. It is that mystery of the title that lost one star for me straight of the bat as I should not have to spend time deciphering the title of the book. As you might tell this fact annoyed me a tad.
As for the story itself we continue to follow our hero of the last book as he and is town is faced with new challenges to their survival. As I have already mentioned the story line delivers no surprises and is at best a mild pace romp into a America devastated by a strategic EMP blast. The book is entertaining but nowhere near as much as the first book in the series.
This book made me think of what would happen after nuclear war and how to survive into the future. Makes me want to build a bunker and start storing things we will need to restart the human race.
"Horrible Southern accent ..."
Love the author, and the narrator (in other books) BUT the slack-jawed "hillbilly" accents of all the characters is way over the top...
Just had to walk away (sigh)
"Ruined by Narration"
I don't know what happened and why they didn't use Joe Barrett, the narrator from One Second After--but this narration was terrible. I thought that Barrett did a great job with the first book. What a let down. I am giving up after just a few chapters of struggling with the voices. To me the southern accents were particularly intolerable. Impossible to check this before download by listening to the sample because the only thing you hear is the BBC voice which sounds good. It's all down hill after that. What a shame.
"Not EVERYONE Sounds Like Hilljacks, Bronson"
Good story, as I've come to expect from Forstchen, but the performance was awful; cringe worthy almost all the time. He either doesn't ha e the range to do southerners, folks from NJ and Massachusetts, or he's convinced everyone south of the Mason-Dixon Line speaks like they're from Deliverance. Please don't overlook what's a really good story just because it sounds terrible.
"Narration killed it"
The storyline I thought was very good. I really enjoyed One Second and thought this follow up hit the mark... however...
I understand it can be hard to get used to a narrator change in the middle of a series. Joe Barrett did a great job on One Second, but Bronson Pinchot murdered this book for me. He used a terrible "old south" accent for every character. They had no personality at all. At one point a character reveals he is from New England and literally mid sentence the accent changed from southern gentleman to New England blue blood. Then 5 minutes later it was back to Gomer Pyle. I was disappointed enough to write my first review in 2 yrs! Oddly I have enjoyed Pinchots narration on other books but this one annoyed me every time I put on my headphones.
It was a great story. Hard to use to the narrator and made it hard to follow the plot. Very choppy.
"when will they learn?! stick with the original nar"
The original narrator!
Plan on returning this, one second after was in my top 3 favorite books of all times! I will buy a hard copy of this and I'm sure it will be as good as the original! Terrible narrator
"great sequel you, great ending"
Great book laced with practical considerations in an EMP event. Focused a lot more on community building and establishing the network of communities. Will listen to it again.
"wow...just loved it"
I was hesitant to get the first book after I read quite a few reviews. the first one was fantastic and the negative reviews were way off. I couldn't stop listening to it. I didn't even bother reading the reviews of this one, good call. The performance was tremendous. the story just kept getting better and better leading to the perfect ending. I burned up quite a few gallons of gas driving and listening, I couldn't stop. I haven't watched any TV. no loss there. I highly recommend this book. Much better than I expected what a great listen. you will find yourself thinking. I know I see the world differently than the beginning of the week. get it and enjoy the ride.
"Bad Hollywood treatment ... what a disappointment."
Not really time 'well-spent'. Predictable, and formulaic come to mind.
While the first book was well crafted, this one almost seems to have been written someone else - someone doing their own version of a follow up story. John is FAR less astute in this book than he was in One Second After. His initial trip to see the new administrator was so over the top, that it was hard to listen to - it just doesn't seem like the same old John. Yes, we get the occasional history reference, but he's like a bull in a china shop all the time. The conflict with the new administrator is so black and white, that it's uninteresting. The new guys are Evil, with a capital 'E' ... no subtlety, no shades of gray - boring.
I thought technology was discussed pretty well in One Second After, but things seem pretty superficial here. There's the manual drill for the dentist, the switchboard dug out of someone's basement, and they can make ether. It's a year after, they still have no electricity, and their approach is to read about Tesla and build a dam with hand-built generators. WTH, they've had running cars since day two, so they could've had power since day two. By now, you'd think they'd have dozens of windmills up and running, or some paddle wheels hooked up to alternators, and certainly some emergency power via one of the many running motors. People in the South know what a generator is ...
In general, this is an 'action-based' follow up, but lacks depth, and the discussion of logistics that played such an important role in One Second After. Reminds me of a bad Hollywood script.
Probably not, it's not a worthy successor to One Second After. One Second After had an intellectual component, this is all action - the John/Rambo show.
The accents were pretty over the top for many characters. And John would occasionally slip into a southern drawl, which was quite jarring - definitely a different from the last narrator.
After writing this review, I realized how much I was disappointed by this sequel. This is Hollywood B movie script fodder.
"what happened to the other guy?"
miss the narrator for "one second after" this is all I had to say, but apparently Amazon hates short reviews, and it has to be at lest twenty words.
I loved One a Second After which precedes this book and enjoyed One Year After just as much. I would suggest though that it would not make too much sense without reading One Second After first which explains in detail about the disaster which has befallen the earth and background to all the characters. I have seen some reviewers complaints about the narrator's Southern accent, but I didn't have a problem with it. Maybe because I'm not American!
Couldn't wait to finish it but now I want more. Here's hoping that it will become the second of three, or maybe four?
"not bad but lacks action"
this series is not one of my favourites as it is always based around one town amd the characters don't change much plus there is not much action. not my favourite but it is a good read. I'd like to say couldn't put it down but that would be a lie.
Took the story of one second after forward. But very annoyingly a different narrator... which detracts from the feeling of continuation.
The postman... trying to rebuild civilisation
Enjoy is perhaps the wrong word... but accepting the remains of the reavers into the community was very memorable.... but the ending felt too contrived... I was begining to think that the small band of college school kids had increased 10 fold .
The return of hopless career politicians after everything folk have suffered in the first book is so annoying... but actually so likely to be true!
just goes to show that the world falling apart is way more interesting than putting it back together. loved the first book but couldn't finish this one.
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