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Old 08-23-2009, 12:54 AM
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I started reading "One Second After" this morning, and I just finished it. It is one of the most disturbing and emotional books I have ever read. (And I have read A LOT)

It takes place here in NC around places that I have driven by and seen many times.

I really think this book, along with my recent activities, have changed my life for good. I'm literally seeing EVERYTHING differently now. I actually feel ashamed of the way I was just six months ago.

I can't put to words how much I believe you should all read this book.
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Well said. I feel the same way. I read it last month. My wife, 2 neighbors, and a co-worker have read it since then. Everyone said it changed the way they think. Great book!
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There are already several threads here about the book and EMP in general. Now that you have read that book go and get Patriots by James Rawles.
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OSA is a great book about how a small town and it's people might react to teotwawki. A few survivalists mixed in perhaps, but mostly everyday people.
Patriots is about hardcore survivalists who did major preps and have a hardened retreat. I consider it the reference [which I will probably never get to] for the ultimate in preparedness, and a goal to shoot for, but probably doesn't represent reality for even most preppers.
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yup... great read... Patriots is a good read too
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This was excellent, just be prepared its 611 pages long. its called "lights out" and is free here.
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Did it make anyone else cry , I'm not to good at sad stuff ?

I agree it changed my way of thinking in a lot of different ways.

I don't think I sleep as good as I used to either.
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It's been on my mind since I finished it a few days ago. I'm walking through the grocery store today, and I was thinking that all those people could turn within a few days. Then I wondered if I could become one of them - I dropped another $50 on food stores. (went in for beer)

The parts with the dogs was a bit rough, among many other parts.
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I too, just finished reading "One Second After" just today.

I have also recently read "Lights Out", and "Patriots". Of the three, I thought that "One Second After" was the most realistic. Most people don't have the money or time to achieve the level of preps achieved by the heroes in "Lights Out" & "Patriots". Starvation and disease is the ugly truth of TEOTWAWKI.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'll be picking this up at the store soon.
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This was excellent, just be prepared its 611 pages long. its called "lights out" and is free here.
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I was going to suggest this too. I liked it for the same reason the original poster liked OSA - familiarity with the setting.
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one second after is the first novel my 46 year old husband has read all the way through since graduation from college. He only reads nonfiction and then like a researcher, not whole books just looking up facts here and there. He was hooked! since then he's now into reading.
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The thing about OSA, for me, was the minute attention to detail about things that author touched upon; e.g. people's anti-depressants running out, taking care of our dogs, how quickly wild game would run out, and so on.

Granted, I think this book is a worst case scenario, but can you imagine the events taking place on a "smaller" scale in a major metropolitan area?

Great book, very depressing, but there is a message of hope somewhere in the book though.
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How much does it cost to get 2 or 3 nukes and surplus rockets? How hard would that be? What if you were a small to large Government? Whuld that make it easier?

How much?

10
100
500 Million dollars? More?

Who on the planet would pay that much to ERASE the US off the face of the planet?

This is NOT a far fetched threat.
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yup... great read... Patriots is a good read too
Yes indeed.
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OSA presented a realism that some of the other books fail at delivering.
It puts a lot of solid information together in a delivery that is gripping and real.

Population densities are currently made possible via our infrastructure. Remove it and there is an immediate thrust at correction, at bringing carrying capacity brutally to the front of a persons existence, it makes crystal clear what happens when medicine is not available.

Until I read that novel I honestly had not considered what would happen in hospitals, I knew they'd be overrun and probably non-operational but to read about exactly what would happen brought it home.

While we often discuss marauders here, and yes they would be a reality, the hundreds of thousands on an exodus would be like a swarm of locust, absolutely destroying everything in their path to where? To what end?

OSA brought a grimness that most other novels did not carry home. Lights Out was a phenomenal read, as was Patriots, but neither brought the grim reality that OSA does. Both of the other two, are frankly optimistic in comparison.

I'm from the South East, I know many of those towns quite well, I lived in Chapel Hill for a couple years. I moved quite some time ago for many reasons, among them was population density vs carrying capacity on the eastern seaboard. SHTF and there is a guaranteed war on for food in all of those states.

OSA is one of those books that I recommend highly, I can promise you that after you read it, what you do and think and how you prepare will likely change. It was both an great read and crushing at the same time. My youngest daughter is 8 now, with the oldest daughter at 14 and 2 boys in the middle, I found myself plugging their personalities into that book. Crushing.
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osa is a must read you won't regret it makes you think
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OSA focuses on a above surface Nuke attack, which is a possibility, but a massive Solar Flare could do the same damage!
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any place this is free or downloadable? i hope its as good a read as everyone makes it out to be thanks for tha advice everyone!
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After reading it, I only had one small nit-pick, and even then I'm not sure, because I've never been in that part of the country. But around here in my part of Arkansas, there are hundreds of old 8N Ford tractors, still in use. I have one myself. If the '59 Edsel and the old Mustang and VWs still ran, then so would all the old 40s and early 50s model gas tractors. I have a pick-up bed trailer that pulls behind it. With the installation of a couple of bench seats we have a mini-bus, and in 4th gear the 8N will go pretty fast down the road. Maybe 20-25 MPH. Just seemed to me the author overlooked this available transport. Excellent book, though. I just have a tendency to nit-pick.
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