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The Final Day (John Matherson Series #3)
     

The Final Day (John Matherson Series #3)

by William R. Forstchen
 

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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

Overview

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 The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what’s left of the U.S. Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/24/2016
Pompous, windy political discussions swamp the few effective action scenes in bestseller Forstchen’s conclusion (after 2015’s One Year After) to his trilogy set in a United States reeling from the effects of a devastating electromagnetic pulse attack. John Matherson, commander of the independent State of Carolina, spearheads efforts to reconstitute pre-attack technology. Meanwhile, Gen. Bob Scales, Matherson’s friend and former commanding officer, offers Matherson and his community an ultimatum: they must unite with a shadowy reconstituted federal government or die. But Scales can’t fool his old friend. Matherson and his followers eventually uncover a conspiracy of governmental elites, who violated their oaths to the Constitution and saved themselves before the attack, then held on to power at the people’s expense. Needless to say, “the criminal entity that claims to be the federal government” comes to a bad end. Those who buy into right-wing wish fulfillment fantasies will be enthralled. Agent: Eleanor Wood, Spectrum Literary Agency. (Jan.)
From the Publisher

“A fine postapocalyptic thriller, with richly drawn characters and the kind of story that we can easily imagine happening.” --Booklist, on One Year After

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

“True storytelling that only the rarest of writers ever master . . . Bill has perfected his talent.” --David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author, on One Year After

“A riveting cautionary tale.” --Booklist, on One Second After

“An entertaining apocalyptic thriller.” --Publishers Weekly, on One Second After

“The only thing more terrifying than this masterfully crafted story is the possibility of it actually happening--and not a damn thing being done to protect us.” --W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling authors, on One Second After

“Civilization slides into the abyss of a new dark age in this horrifying apocalyptic novel. Forstchen has put Bin Laden's dream on paper and, in the process, taken civilization straight to the rack.” --Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author, on One Second After

“Forstchen did such a damned fine job with One Second After that shortly after the first page, I had been reeled in hook, line, and sinker." --David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author, on One Second After

Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-05
In the aftermath of an electromagnetic-pulse attack linked to Iran and North Korea that wiped out American cities and led to the installation of an oppressive, unconstitutional government, hard-core patriot John Matherson is called upon to lead the resistance.The eastern half of the U.S. is "a twisted, burned-out, perverted wasteland." The ruling forces, having been thwarted in their efforts to conscript an oppressive Army of National Recovery, are on the verge of handing over large chunks of territory out west to China and Mexico. Matherson, based in a mountain community in the so-called "State of Carolina," must decide whether to trust his old friend and commanding officer Bob Scales. Once the most principled of leaders, Scales now is in charge of suppressing old-school patriots like Matherson in the name of assimilation. Matherson, who has overseen inspired efforts to restore technology in his community—amazingly, those old, cobwebbed computers still work—represents a threat to the status quo. Having suffered grievous personal losses in the nightmarish conflict, he is prepared to fight for the America he loves, even if that means abandoning his new wife, Makala, who's pregnant. Like its two predecessors in the Matherson series, this new novel entertainingly blends folksy and sophisticated, small-town nostalgia and sharp futurism. Ultimately, though there are many exciting scenes, this is less a post-apocalyptic thriller than a book of ideas: a thoughtfully rendered, richly detailed investigation into the "What if." The latest installment in Forstchen's dystopian series will be best enjoyed by those who have read the first two books, One Second After (2009) and One Year After (2015). But with its agreeable protagonist and nicely drawn settings, the novel quickly draws us in.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765376732
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
01/03/2017
Series:
John Matherson Series , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
437
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

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