Two years after the electromagnetic pulse attack against the United States, John Matherson and the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina have honed their survival skills and established a town council. A new normal for their lives has evolved following that horrific attack. But after their valiant struggle to survive the unthinkable, their efforts seem to be doomed to failure when a new federal district administrator arrives in Asheville. Despite his governmental authority, his promises of friendship and support veil darker, self-serving intentions that could ultimately bring about their destruction. When the new government threatens the use of neutron bombs against lawless American citizens holding power in Chicago and other large cities, the people are unexpectedly faced with larger-issue questions dealing with the meaning of being American and of upholding the Constitution. Will the death of America come not from the attack but from those who no longer value the principles upon which the nation was founded? With well-drawn characters and a strong sense of place, this follow-up to the earlier "One Second After" offers a terrifying yet realistic look at the aftermath of an electromagnetic pulse event. The spot-on descriptions of the rebuilding of the infrastructure, the tactics of armed combat, and the struggles of day-to-day survival add depth and believability to the narrative. Readers will find more political content than in the previous volume, but this look at what happens next is completely realistic . . . and thoroughly frightening. Highly recommended.