TITLE One Second After CATEGORY Fiction RATING (1-10) =7+ ( I rate MALEVIL, ALAS BAYLON, WORLD MADE BY HAND and LIGHTS OUT as 10s') The Scientific basis for the plot rates a 10. OVERVIEW Modern day setting. A suspected EMP attack leaves a sleepy southern town in turmoil, grasping to survive on its own with little or no assistance from the outside world. SPOILERS RANTS & RAVES I found it hard to believe the protagonist, a retired Army Colonel (who authored a paper on EMP attacks) would struggle so hard to grasp an EMP attack has happened. There is a survival learning curve, those who recognize an event has happened (fire, plane crash, flood, earthquake, robbery, etc) and react rationally in accordance with those new facts of life are statistically more likely to survive. The main character in this book bases his day, or an event or a setback on the number of cigarettes he has remaining in his pocket. He is a hero who wanders lost through much of the "event" and at no time does he do anything to prepare for the survival of himself or his family. He allows the "state" to take care of him while he debates the changing of the little world about him. A luxury, in reality, that would not be available to the masses. The final survival statistics are shocking. The treatment and categorization of people who were already prepared is a warning. TALKING POINTS /LESSONS LEARNED 1/ Everyone should have at least 30 days food, the means to purify water and the means to hunt and defend oneself. 2/ Basic medical supplies and a long term prescription medical care plan (as feasible) is a necessity 3/ Seeds for gardening are gold 4/ An alternate safe location, under a day's walking distance is a good idea (i.e. your house burns to the ground or Cannibal Mutant Zombie Bikers invade) 5/ Understand EMP and make a "Safe Box" containing some critical essential items (radios, 2 way commo, batteries, small solar panel etc) DISCLAIMER I am not an author, not as intelligent as most and read the book to improve my own preparation and knowledge. The book fairly improved my understanding of an EMP attack, but as an enjoyable read, it was long to point and slow to speed. I listened to the audio version, which I found somewhat annoying in dialect. The protagonist sounded like a hard *** the entire way through. Maybe flashbacks to my own Father. Didn't need that.