by William R. Forstchen, 2009, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, New York
This book is about a nuclear detonation and the effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that emanated from that detonation. It is clear from this book that the impact of such an explosion would be far more devastating than the actual explosion or the subsequent radioactive fallout. This book present the case of what would happen in stark detail. The book is set in a small town in North Carolina and focuses on the inhabitants’ struggle to survive in a world without electricity or any of the other electronics that we depend upon in our society.
While the book makes a compelling case that something should be done to harden our defenses against such an attack, it also was not a great read. The story focuses on one individual in the town and how the situation affects him and his family. I would have preferred a more exciting portrayal of what happened in this very altered situation.