This short novel packs a huge punch. I thought Forstchen's novel, One Second After, was scary. This one is much more so.
The action takes place in about an eight hour period. Bob Peterson heads off to the middle school where he teaches. He kisses his wife good-bye, not knowing it would be the last time they would see each other alive.
A short time later, a very organized series of terrorist attacks begin across the country. Many of the teams invade schools, including Peterson's middle school. Other teams roam the interstates, shooting various drivers as they pass.
What a powerful novel. There are so many issues in this novel, it is hard to know where to start. A big one is carrying guns. Bob takes a concealed weapon to school, in his pocket. It is totally against school rules, but he saves scores of children with it. Another issue is the obsession with being politically correct in the U.S. That has allowed the terrorists untold freedom to pursue their ends. Other issues include religious freedom, media coverage, gun control, marshal law, and much more.
The issue that fascinated me was the religion of the terrorists. They are a part of ISIS. Their leader has figured out exactly how Americans will respond to this series of attacks. And we Americans play right into their plans.
Forstchen has created a chilling novel. Yes, there are controversial aspects to the plot. Nonetheless, the story seems all too possible to me. I highly recommend this novel, if for no other reason than just to get you thinking.
Even if you do not read the book, go to the book's website and just check out the information.
William R. Forstchen has a PhD from Purdue University with specialization in military history and the history of technology. He is a fellow and professor of history at Montreat College. He is the author of over forty books. He lives near Asheville, North Carolina.
Spectrum Literary Agency, 188 pages.