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Publisher's Summary

From The New York Times best-selling author of the smash hit One Second After series comes 48 Hours, a nail-biting and prescient thriller about a solar storm with the power to destroy the world's electrical infrastructure.

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, a "Carrington Event" that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world's electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: Global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world's population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.

©2019 William R. Forstchen (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Interesting story premise spoiled

The performance was excellent. And the story idea an interesting one. But the frequent meanderings into Christian dogma and American patriotism ruined it for me. I wish that all books would come with a warning to avoid if you aren’t religious.

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Great story well researched.

Great story well researched. Captivated me and was engaging all way along. Hope there is one about life after the event.
You could tell the writer tried really hard to write a quality book and succeded is it perfect no but so what, what is perfect!

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Fantastic apocolypse build up

Another frighteningly real apocalyptic scenario that could could conceiveably happen called an Extinction Event. You will go the way of the fossils unless you are wealthy and know the right people, which gets you a place in a bunker city. This a a build up to an N.E.E. near extinction event thats well written and full of interesting characters who we like or dislike and.... pity. It kept me interested and i enjoyed it immensly. I dont want to include spoilers so just trust me I highly recommend this book. Thank you Audible. 😊💖👍🏼

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I enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book and production. Have the bad reviewers ever written a book and have it published!

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  • Popa
  • 12-02-2019

Decent book but narration was painful thru-out

The book is a different offering the the Matherson series. Once I got my head around that I really got into the story. Well written although I will agree with other reviewers that the book was overly redundant with the explanation of CME.

On the narration. Bronson Pinchot is very talented and I like his narration of characters as long as said character is not stressed. When characters get angry or stressed they are turn into whiny screaming banshees that all sound the same. This is true across several books that Pinchot has narrated and it drive me at insane. Even characters that I think authors intent to be like able turn into whiny children when narrated. If Pinchot could changed this aspect of his narration he would be once of my favorites. Instead many books have nearly been ruined for me including this one. This will be the last audio book I buy narrated by Pinchot unless I see reviews that he has improved this part of his narrations.

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  • LambiePie
  • 30-01-2019

Not good at all

So wordy, repetitive and rambling there were times I wanted to scream at the narrator to just shut up. Overall it was not a good book and a bit preachy.

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  • Dante
  • 18-01-2019

Oh Bill...really? So, so disappointed.

I am a fan of this genre and have read and enjoyed several of William R. Forstchen’s books, to include the One Second After series. With that said, I had much higher expectations for this book. I regret to say that I could not even make it through the final portion. The book is very slow, exceedingly repetitive, childishly clichéd, and poorly researched (at least from the standpoint of all things that are not the science of solar astronomy). The characters are largely unsympathetic stereotypes of how the author perceives people in certain professions. The two main characters, a husband and wife, are so improbably devised and professionally connected that the story lacks believability straight out of the gate. She is an expert weapons customizer for special operations forces with mad commando-like shooting skills, a high level security clearance, and sat phone that connects her to the highest levels of the special operations command structure...even though she is retired. He is a former enlisted  infantryman with tours in “the Stan” which qualified him to return to the States and immediately assume the position of police chief. Together with their gun-toting preacher they seize control of an underground facility secured by the Missouri National Guard...see what I mean? Compounding this, they are both (and in her case screechingly so) morally self-righteous, overbearing, and unforgivably dim-witted. I decided it was time to put the book down when I found myself rooting for the bad guys. In contrast to his prior works, Forstchen really mailed this one in from a research standpoint. While his characters explain, re-explain, and re-re-explain CMEs, CPEs, and ELEs ad nauseum, Forstchen stumbles epically over the much more mundane facts related to the military, police, weapons, governmental institutions, and political machinery - which are equally vital to his story. There are countless examples of distracting factual inaccuracies, but I will just put this one out there as emblematic of what I am saying. The main protagonist shares a room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a Marine sergeant SEAL. Just let that sink in. Later in the book he refers to a Navy SEAL as “colonel” (for those who may not be aware, SEALs are Navy, Marines are not SEALS, and Navy does not use the rank “colonel.” I know that some reading this will dismiss my complaints on this point as insider military baseball. However, as I previously indicated, these are just two examples of the relentless mistakes that plague this book and detract from its readability. C’mon Bill, two minutes on Mr. Google would have cured much that ills your book. What Mr. Google cannot do is make the storyline more compelling, the characters less obnoxious, the central mission less ridiculously improbable, and the characters’ backstories something more than laughable. Save yourself the credit. There are so many great books in this genre, don’t waste a minute of your irretrievable time on this one.

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  • Preparing4SHTF
  • 16-01-2019

Not a typical Forstchen book

This was the worst book by him that I have ever read. Pinchot really did not deliver at all. Listening to Pichot repeatedly say "Mag-net-o-spere as opposed to "mag-ˈnē-tə-ˌsfir" was like listening to fingernails scraped along a chalkboard. Not to mention his frequent reference to the calibers 7.62 and 5.56 as "seven-sixty-two" or five hundred fifty-six was also annoying. These things broke the immersion. The whiney voice he attributed to Dr. Carrington was also irritating. While these seem like trifles, they took away from my enjoyment of an already labored read. I found it hard to be empathetic to the ill-conceived plan of the protagonist.

I loved the authors EMP books, by the way. This book, however, was painful to get through.

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  • Sean Jeffries
  • 30-01-2019

Fairly good, but a misleading summary

After listening to the entire "John Matherson" series and greatly enjoying it, I was looking forward to listening to "48 Hours". Having just finished it, I can definitely state that the summary description on Amazon and Audible is extremely misleading. There is nothing in the book about turning the entire grid off in preparation for a CME; instead, as others have mentioned, one CME has already hit, and something bigger is on the way next. But in no way do the characters prepare for the event in the manner mentioned in the summary. It's almost like someone wrote the summary based on the first draft of a book that was scrapped and then rewritten from a different perspective.

The story itself was good, but definitely repetitive. The multiple descriptions of what CMEs are and how they can affect the planet were completely unnecessary. Sure, many readers need the first description of them, but then to have the main scientist pretty much repeat what was just said a couple of chapters earlier was ridiculous.

The performance by the narrator was, for the most part, good. I did find his portrayal of Dr. Carrington to be overly whiny, especially in the second half of the book. This got to be annoying to the point that I could not wait for the scenes with Carrington to end. It's great when a narrator actually puts some emotions into the dialog, and he did a good job of bringing the scenes alive, but just overdid it a little in some places.

Overall, it was good, but not nearly on the level of the "Matherson" series.

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 10-01-2019

Another riveting book

W. Forstchen does an excellent job capturing the inner struggle of man, both civilized and savage. Although while listening to it I kept thinking, if this story would come to pass. How We humans would only be thinking about ourselves and not the millions of other beautiful creatures God created. Would we really want to go on if 90% of all life was destroyed? I think that would be such a bleak world.

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  • SDS 1949
  • 02-02-2019

Narrator problems with repetitive southern accent

I liked the story. Very repetitive though.
I just want to say something about the narrator. If you have listened to books 2 and 3 of the John Masterton series you may get what im trying to say. Every time he says something with a raised voice in a fake souther accent it takes you right back to the One Second After series. I could pick out the characters in the other series so easily. I hear a loud HELL and i think of Forest or I hear a DAMN andi think of Ernie. I wanted to know the ending. Its the only reason i finished it. His normal voice is very good.
I feel so strongly about the narrator’s southern accent that i want to read the book on my kindle in a few months.

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  • Erin
  • 15-01-2019

Amazing

This was such a powerful story and performance. I was moved to tears and found myself holding my breath in several parts. Dr. Forstchen has given us more than one warning that we are vulnerable. And that our nation and our lives are precious. No matter where you are politically or spiritually, there is a larger message in his stories that we all should consider. When the end of life/society as we know it comes screeching to a halt, what will you do? How have you prepared? What about your kids? This book, like One Second After, will keep you up at night thinking about all of those things.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-2019

There is no story

Don't waste your credit. Even at 2.5X this book is very sloooow. I wanted to like it.

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  • WKSwanson
  • 29-01-2019

It's an interesting idea that went awry

While Forstchen is a good storyteller, this one didn't quite pan out as I hoped it would. I bought it sight-unseen, so to speak, so had high hopes for it. While it is an interesting idea (a super-solar flare), how it played out, while possible, did not seem terribly realistic. I was not impressed with the narration either. About a quarter of the time the narrator speaks so softly you can barely hear him, then at other times he is almost shouting. It seemed quite overacted.

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  • Joseph
  • 11-02-2019

gripping and educational how would you respond

Really enjoyed this listen thought provoking and enlightening must listen. A true reflection of how things are currently with half the population lost in populist rhetoric and self indulging politics set to destroy our civil society.

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 05-09-2021

not worth a penny. nothing actually happens

this booked was the worst waste of time I can ever admit to. the book begins and you pick up the plot with promise and prepare yourself for the action, for the boom!! but then nothing. it never even happens. it's just talk between various people as they prepare for the end of the world. and boy do they talk. they go on and on and on and even repeat and drag out this re9eat to the point your are forced to skip and skip ans skip, jumping ahead and cutting out whole chapters. Voice over also annoying and not nice to listen to adding dribble to characters rather than beef. a female character who is military at some high level is voiced as some winging winey sniffling nervous wreck cos of course she is female and this is the only voice he has for females which completely contradicts her character and undermines it completely. Nothing actually happens in this book other than king king drawn out conversations between characters and huge amounts if repetition. then it just stops. no end. no conclusion. instead the author starts rambling on about himself which is not only of no interest to the reader but your ate boring us with your biography right at the moment the earth is supposed to be ending. My Gid do I want a refund. I literally skipped forward throughout the whole of the last chapter. Front cover is misleading. as it title. it should be called THE END THAT NEVER ENDED!

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  • Dave B
  • 04-09-2021

Story slow, narrator slower.

God only knows how this narrator has done around 400 audiobooks. The majority of the time he speaks for any of the characters, the tone is exactly the same. A tone which I can only describe as that of two depressed, half-asleep lovers, nose-to-nose in bed at 2am. Everybody in this book appartently talks really quietly, really slowly, and with a slight tremble. Weird and annoying. Its in the title: 48 hours til the wold ends! Yet everyone is talking as if they're a 90-year-old widower with nothing to see and nowhere to go.

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  • Denise Field
  • 11-08-2021

Thought provoking view of ELE

I really liked how this book considered how different people would react to an ELE, also what moral decisions people would face and that there was no Disney moment (I'll leave it there).

I would like a sequel though! I think it warrants one, maybe 48 months, then 48 years..

Having decided I was going to write a review, I really find that I can't write much for giving the story away, but definitely worth a listen.

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  • Garethman
  • 07-10-2021

Right wing Sci Fi

If you love the US and all it's beautiful citizens, the military' . the church, God, "Murica, Ewrup< the idea that England equates to the UK and lots more filling than could ever be digested. All padded out with a story of meeting a semi-famous author, you will still find it a poor effort. I finished listening to the book, but it was hard work and unrewarding.

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  • Angela
  • 21-09-2021

Oh Dear

Thank goodness this book was free. I tried to listen to the end to get the satisfaction of all the characters going out in a blaze of glory, but alas...

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  • TAHIR KHAN
  • 05-09-2021

A real end of the world story

A very entertaining yet realistic story. Chapter 10 really hit me hard. It felt so real. It made me wish that I hope I'm not alive to see an E.L.E.

I would definitely recommend this book. Its got prepping, army, government politics and geopolitics all rolled into one.

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  • Craig
  • 04-09-2021

The end of a beginning!!

Great story but it ended at the beginning! It has scope to go further. I wont give away the story but dispite its finish, it could go on. A very interesting take on a natural event that could be the end of humanity on our world. Hope the author writes a follow up.

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  • Annette Wright
  • 29-08-2021

Yawn

I like the premise but I found the combination of the storytelling and the monotone reading was sending me to sleep! I'm only a couple of hours from the end but at this point I just don't care anymore.

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  • MR G HUMPHREYS
  • 26-08-2021

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this, i was apprised to find myself choked up at a few parts. hoping there's a follow on.

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