The Final Day

The Final Day

Book - 2017
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The highly-anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times bestsellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses readers once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror. After defeating the designs of the alleged federal government, John Matherson and his community have returned their attention to restoring the technologies and social order that existed prior to the EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) attack. Then the government announces that it's ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what's left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states. The man sent to confront John is General Bob Scales, John's old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days. Will General Scales follow orders, or might he be the crucial turning point in the quest for an America that is again united? As the dubious Federal government increasingly curtails liberty and trades away sovereignty, it might just get exactly what it fears: revolution.
Publisher: New York, NY : A Forge Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9780765376732
Branch Call Number: F FORSTCHEN
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 25 cm


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Dec 31, 2019

A satisfying end to the trilogy. Good wrap up to all outstanding conflicts; an exciting twist at the end which escalates the conflict and adventure. I greatly recommend this series.

Nov 22, 2019

I have enjoyed this series and the imagination of Mr. Forstchen. In my previous review of book 2, I pointed out I was rather pleased with the direction this story took, in the rebuilding of what had been destroyed instead of so many other "end of the world stories" total chaos and anarchy are at the forefront. This series began looking at the resilience of mankind who held tenaciously to the ideals and principals of what had been lost and began eking out life from the frail remnants of what remained.

I thought the plot was a tad bit predictable, but still was well written, engaging, and suspenseful to overlook this and continue reading with anticipation of the outcome. In all the books of this trilogy, Mr. Forstchen leaves you with something to contemplate; something that requires a lot of reflection. Something not usually done in similar stories. Hard perplexing questions which require you to mull over for a while.

This, as well as the other two books in this trilogy were well written, character development was outstanding, and the plot was believable. Mr. Forstchen brings into the stories being told, just enough information as the events being depicted, but does not going overboard with too much gruesomeness and decadence to go over the top. He crafty give you enough that your own imagination fills in the rest what a good story teller should do at all times.

I also believe these stories to be somewhat of a reflection of the state of politics and societal issues going on at the present. Building on this, this is the story over a three year period of what happens to a country whose government becomes self serving and the governed become apathetic and let their guard down. It only one of may possible scenario's, but a plausible and realistic scenario. Utilizing the use of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which virtually wipes out everything electronic, and plunges society in the literal dark ages, is a very real and frank possibility. Mr. Forctchen states so from the beginning, that after encouragement from some political friends, and the congressional hearing held a few years back about this very issue, spurred hime to write the first book of the series to help bring this to the attention of the American public.

The first book is the best of the series, simply because it is the bases on which the other two are based upon. The other two build off the first and are not as dramatic, but well worth the read.

Again, I enjoyed the series and would say the series is well worth the time and enjoyment.

Jun 29, 2017

Good read. The ending was perfect for this trilogy.

Jun 10, 2017

Library changed how to get ebooks and I cannot figure out how to get or how to return. Thanks Library for making it more difficult to borrow ebooks.

Jun 06, 2017

Couldn't read. Loved the first book. The second book was okay but didn't like the war stuff. This one sounded like it was more of that.


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