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One Year After

One Year After

A John Matherson Novel

A John Matherson Novel (Volume 2)

William R. Forstchen

Forge Books


One Year After is the New York Times bestselling follow-up to William R. Forstchen’s smash hit One Second After, the novel cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read

The story begins one year after One Second After ends, two years since nuclear weapons were detonated above the United States and brought America to its knees. After months of suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to recover technology and supplies they had once taken for granted, like electricity, radio communications, and medications. When a “federal administrator” arrives in a nearby city, they dare to hope that a new national government is finally emerging.

That hope quickly diminishes when town administrator John Matherson learns that most of the young men and women in the community are to be drafted into the “Army of National Recovery” and sent to trouble spots hundreds of miles away. He and the people of Black Mountain protest vehemently. But “the New Regime” is already tyrannizing one nearby community.

Will Matherson’s friends and neighbors be next?

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"Daddy, I've been drafted."

John Matherson, who had endured so many shocks in life, sighed, wearily sat back in his office chair, and looked up at his daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth's eyes revealed...


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Praise for One Year After

“Forstchen is the prophet of a new Dark Age. The wise will listen.” —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

"True storytelling that only the rarest of writers ever master . . . Bill has perfected his talent.” —David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author

“A fine postapocalyptic thriller, with richly drawn characters and the kind og story that we can easily imagine happening.” —Booklist

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William R. Forstchen

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN is the New York Times bestselling author of One Second After, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.

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