Daily Prep Episode 151: “One Second After” Book Review

A couple months ago, I got a little gift in the mail from our friend and fellow prepper Ben R–the book “One Second After”, by William R. Forstchen.

With all the chaos over the last couple months, it took me a while to really get into it, but I finally finished it on my plane ride back from Nicaragua.

Great Read.

The book is essentially about the hypothetical effects of an EMP attack on the United States. There are a lot of really cool things about it, but I think the biggest thing I liked about it is that it got me asking questions.

Things I liked about it:

  • Raises some great medical issues
  • Martial law issues
  • “Ugly” Survival Issues (eating your pets for food, etc.)
  • Talks in detail about the process of rebuilding
  • Main characters aren’t immune from death

The Biggest Con:

  • One big “battle” part that’s a little farfetched at the end IMO (and it doesn’t even describe any of it, just skips to the aftermath)

Read it?


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  • seanscythe

    This book has helped me get less sleep…. really opens your eyes to just how unprepared you are.

    • http://www.thedailyprep.com/ Urbivalist Dan

      I hear ya. When I was reading about him getting his daughter’s medicine I realized that was one more thing I’d never thought about. The doomsday prepper’s “How Prepared Are You?” survey is good too. I got a shameful 19/100 haha. Already bumped it up a few notches though…