One Year After : A John Matherson Novel

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One Year After is the New York Times bestselling follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s smash hit One Second After, the novel cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read

The story begins one year after One Second After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted, like electricity, radio communications, and medications. When a “federal administrator” arrives in a nearby city, they dare to hope that a new national government is finally emerging.

That hope quickly diminishes when town administrator John Matherson learns that most of the young men and women in the community are to be drafted into the “Army of National Recovery” and sent to trouble spots hundreds of miles away. He and the people of Black Mountain protest vehemently. But “the New Regime” is already tyrannizing one nearby community.

Will Matherson’s friends and neighbors be next?

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Series Title
A John Matherson Novel
Tom Doherty Associates
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
William R. Forstchen
Publication Date
September, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.49 x 6.41 x 1.02 Inches

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Two years after the el...

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.

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Im not sure why I did...

I'm not sure why I didn't give the first book in this two book series more stars---this time I knew the characters and the situation and it really was compelling, but still horrifying. In some ways this seems all too possible although I have not yet read Ted Koppel's book, Lights Out.

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Very good follow up no...

Very good follow up novel: some hard scenes, but also touching at times. The motivation of the bad guys are a bit hazy at times, but overall quite enjoyable.

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[One Second After] was...

[One Second After] was one of those books that the cover made me want to buy. I was not disappointed. So when I was in the book store and saw [One Year After] you know I had to buy it even though I have an unusually long queue of books to read. [William R. Forstchen] writes a compelling novel that makes me want to prep for disaster. The way humanity can either come together or tear each other apart is sadly something I feel is true to human nature.

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Tottman and jfre16 hav...

Tottman and jfre16 have written good summaries of One Year After, the 2nd book in Forstchen's post-apocalypse series. I won't repeat that. The author struggles in the first 60 pages or so to recap the story line developed in the first book. So, if you've read "One Second After" you may be bored until all of the groundwork is laid for continuing the story. Characterization and story line improved considerably from the first book to this one. The story still is male-oriented and weak on characterization of women, although women play important roles in the story. I found the story interesting in its descriptions of post-disaster recovery and interactions between diverse remnants of society. Like the first book, this is a cautionary tale about the dangers of being unprepared for a disaster that throws society back to a pre-electricity age. The story is good and the book is a quick read. It gets better as it moves along. I recommend it.

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