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"One Second After" by William R. Forstchen

This is a discussion on "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen within the Defensive Books, Video & References forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by edr9x23super I think of the EMP phenomenon like I think of the Y2K fearmongering that went around at the turn of the ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    I think of the EMP phenomenon like I think of the Y2K fearmongering that went around at the turn of the century;
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    So here are some facts:

    If the EMP weapon were to go off high in our atmosphere, yes, it would most likely trip the electrical grids nationwide, but understand that those grids would be back in a matter of hours or days at the most. Why? because of all the ground fault and surge protections built into the grid. And I don't care how powerful the pulse is, [I]it is still going to ground potential eventually.

    An EMP is a voltage pulse, but it doesn't have a tremendous amount of electrical current behind it. Current is what causes the damage, and thats why the cell phones and computers everywhere will die a horrible death because they operate an very minute amounts of current.
    not so fast on this one.
    an EMP is an electron pulse. any exposed wire will pick it up. And any coil of wire will multiply the signal.


    Because of the intense electromagnetic fields (about 10 kV/m to 50 kV/m ) and wide area of coverage, the HEMP can induce large voltages and currents in power lines, communication cables, radio towers, and other long conductors serving a facility. Some other notable collectors of EMP include railroad tracks, large antennas, pipes, cables, wires in buildings, and metal fencing. Although materials underground are partially shielded by the ground, they are still collectors, and these collectors deliver the EMP energy to some larger facility. This produces surges that can destroy the connected device, such as, power generators or long distance telephone systems.

    Semiconductor devices fail when they encounter an EMP because of the local heating that occurs. When a semi-conductive device absorbs the EMP energy, it displaces the resulting heat that is produced relatively slowly when compared to the time scale of the EMP. Because the heat is not dissipated quickly, the semiconductor can quickly heat up to temperatures near the melting point of the material. Soon the device will short and fail. This type of failure is call thermal second-breakdown failure.

    Quote Originally Posted by edr9x23super View Post
    And spare parts for the electronics will not fry because most of it today is packaged in static-free packaging and the equipment is not hooked up or more importantly grounded to anything.........
    I think this part is true. because it is in a static bag the charge would build on the outside and ground its self and not be able to enter the bag.
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    Folks, this is a book review thread. It is a work of fiction and may or may not be technically accurate.

    Let's leave the theoretical discussions of EMP weapons for another time and place.


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


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    I bought this book yesterday and started reading it, I am already half way 1/3 into the book, hooked so far.

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    Does the characters in this novel deal with defensive issues (firearms; ammunition; tactics; etc) at all or does the author gloss over/ignore it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatGonzo View Post
    Does the characters in this novel deal with defensive issues (firearms; ammunition; tactics; etc) at all or does the author gloss over/ignore it?
    Thanks,
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    YES..It deals with defensive issues.
    Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Sgt View Post
    YES..It deals with defensive issues.
    Excellent. I'm ordering it now. Thanks!
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    I just finished reading this book. It became a bit predictable towards the end, but otherwise an excellent and thought provoking, not to mention scary read.

    Yep, don't miss this one, folks!


    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

    Rudyard Kipling


    Terry

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    This is a really good book! I just read it this summer. A similar good read is, "Without Warning" by John Birmingham.

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    Just started reading it Saturday. Good read so far. Barnes and Noble had it on a sale rack in hard cover for $6.
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    Would an EMP fry my computer if the computer is turned off at the time the EMP hits?

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    I just bought this book
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

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    There was another book with a similar story line that was set in Texas. I cant remember the name right now but it was pretty good. Someone posted a link to an online copy of the book and I read it that way. Can anyone post this book on here?

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    It's called "Lights Out" and I personally like it even better than "One Second After". One link to it is:
    http://www.survivalmonkey.com/SF%20b...ut-Current.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by AceHi View Post
    It's called "Lights Out" and I personally like it even better than "One Second After". One link to it is:
    http://www.survivalmonkey.com/SF%20b...ut-Current.pdf


    Thats it alright. I really enjoyed it. What I would like is a link to read "One Second Later" if someone has it.

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    Sorry, I misunderstood your question. You might have to buy "One Second After". Since it is published I doubt you will find it on PDF anywhere. I spent the $15 on Amazon for it. Still like "Lights Out" better and have read it several times.
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