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48 Hours

Written by: William R. Forstchen
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From The New York Times best-selling author of the smash hit One Second After series comes 48 Hours, a nail-biting and prescient thriller about a solar storm with the power to destroy the world's electrical infrastructure.

In 48 hours, the Earth will be hit by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, a "Carrington Event" that has the power to shut down and possibly destroy the world's electrical infrastructure. To try and prevent permanent damage, everything goes dark prior to the hit: Global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.

Will the world's population successfully defend itself in the wake of the CME, or will mass panic lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?

William R. Forstchen is at his best in 48 Hours, a tale of the resilience of American citizens when faced with a crisis.

©2019 William R. Forstchen (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ike
  • 2019-01-17

Seemed like a desperate attempt

Not up to the standard set in the Matherson series. Just another book presenting a mass population extinction event.

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  • Preparing4SHTF
  • 2019-01-16

Not a typical Forstchen book

This was the worst book by him that I have ever read. Pinchot really did not deliver at all. Listening to Pichot repeatedly say "Mag-net-o-spere as opposed to "mag-ˈnē-tə-ˌsfir" was like listening to fingernails scraped along a chalkboard. Not to mention his frequent reference to the calibers 7.62 and 5.56 as "seven-sixty-two" or five hundred fifty-six was also annoying. These things broke the immersion. The whiney voice he attributed to Dr. Carrington was also irritating. While these seem like trifles, they took away from my enjoyment of an already labored read. I found it hard to be empathetic to the ill-conceived plan of the protagonist.

I loved the authors EMP books, by the way. This book, however, was painful to get through.

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  • Dante
  • 2019-01-18

Oh Bill...really? So, so disappointed.

I am a fan of this genre and have read and enjoyed several of William R. Forstchen’s books, to include the One Second After series. With that said, I had much higher expectations for this book. I regret to say that I could not even make it through the final portion. The book is very slow, exceedingly repetitive, childishly clichéd, and poorly researched (at least from the standpoint of all things that are not the science of solar astronomy). The characters are largely unsympathetic stereotypes of how the author perceives people in certain professions. The two main characters, a husband and wife, are so improbably devised and professionally connected that the story lacks believability straight out of the gate. She is an expert weapons customizer for special operations forces with mad commando-like shooting skills, a high level security clearance, and sat phone that connects her to the highest levels of the special operations command structure...even though she is retired. He is a former enlisted  infantryman with tours in “the Stan” which qualified him to return to the States and immediately assume the position of police chief. Together with their gun-toting preacher they seize control of an underground facility secured by the Missouri National Guard...see what I mean? Compounding this, they are both (and in her case screechingly so) morally self-righteous, overbearing, and unforgivably dim-witted. I decided it was time to put the book down when I found myself rooting for the bad guys. In contrast to his prior works, Forstchen really mailed this one in from a research standpoint. While his characters explain, re-explain, and re-re-explain CMEs, CPEs, and ELEs ad nauseum, Forstchen stumbles epically over the much more mundane facts related to the military, police, weapons, governmental institutions, and political machinery - which are equally vital to his story. There are countless examples of distracting factual inaccuracies, but I will just put this one out there as emblematic of what I am saying. The main protagonist shares a room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a Marine sergeant SEAL. Just let that sink in. Later in the book he refers to a Navy SEAL as “colonel” (for those who may not be aware, SEALs are Navy, Marines are not SEALS, and Navy does not use the rank “colonel.” I know that some reading this will dismiss my complaints on this point as insider military baseball. However, as I previously indicated, these are just two examples of the relentless mistakes that plague this book and detract from its readability. C’mon Bill, two minutes on Mr. Google would have cured much that ills your book. What Mr. Google cannot do is make the storyline more compelling, the characters less obnoxious, the central mission less ridiculously improbable, and the characters’ backstories something more than laughable. Save yourself the credit. There are so many great books in this genre, don’t waste a minute of your irretrievable time on this one.

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  • Sean Jeffries
  • 2019-01-30

Fairly good, but a misleading summary

After listening to the entire "John Matherson" series and greatly enjoying it, I was looking forward to listening to "48 Hours". Having just finished it, I can definitely state that the summary description on Amazon and Audible is extremely misleading. There is nothing in the book about turning the entire grid off in preparation for a CME; instead, as others have mentioned, one CME has already hit, and something bigger is on the way next. But in no way do the characters prepare for the event in the manner mentioned in the summary. It's almost like someone wrote the summary based on the first draft of a book that was scrapped and then rewritten from a different perspective.

The story itself was good, but definitely repetitive. The multiple descriptions of what CMEs are and how they can affect the planet were completely unnecessary. Sure, many readers need the first description of them, but then to have the main scientist pretty much repeat what was just said a couple of chapters earlier was ridiculous.

The performance by the narrator was, for the most part, good. I did find his portrayal of Dr. Carrington to be overly whiny, especially in the second half of the book. This got to be annoying to the point that I could not wait for the scenes with Carrington to end. It's great when a narrator actually puts some emotions into the dialog, and he did a good job of bringing the scenes alive, but just overdid it a little in some places.

Overall, it was good, but not nearly on the level of the "Matherson" series.

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 2019-01-10

Another riveting book

W. Forstchen does an excellent job capturing the inner struggle of man, both civilized and savage. Although while listening to it I kept thinking, if this story would come to pass. How We humans would only be thinking about ourselves and not the millions of other beautiful creatures God created. Would we really want to go on if 90% of all life was destroyed? I think that would be such a bleak world.

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  • Omar
  • 2019-02-12

written for for One Second after die hard fans

boring story
so so narration
flat characters
unstable president?
useless scientist
try to enjoy it

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  • sonya wallace
  • 2019-02-12

Disappointed

I bought this as an Audible. I did not care for the narrator at all.

I enjoyed this author's writing in another book, but I struggled to finish this one. I was pretty disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-12

Decent book but narration was painful thru-out

The book is a different offering the the Matherson series. Once I got my head around that I really got into the story. Well written although I will agree with other reviewers that the book was overly redundant with the explanation of CME.

On the narration. Bronson Pinchot is very talented and I like his narration of characters as long as said character is not stressed. When characters get angry or stressed they are turn into whiny screaming banshees that all sound the same. This is true across several books that Pinchot has narrated and it drive me at insane. Even characters that I think authors intent to be like able turn into whiny children when narrated. If Pinchot could changed this aspect of his narration he would be once of my favorites. Instead many books have nearly been ruined for me including this one. This will be the last audio book I buy narrated by Pinchot unless I see reviews that he has improved this part of his narrations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-11

There is no story

Don't waste your credit. Even at 2.5X this book is very sloooow. I wanted to like it.

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  • SDS 1949
  • 2019-02-02

Narrator problems with repetitive southern accent

I liked the story. Very repetitive though.
I just want to say something about the narrator. If you have listened to books 2 and 3 of the John Masterton series you may get what im trying to say. Every time he says something with a raised voice in a fake souther accent it takes you right back to the One Second After series. I could pick out the characters in the other series so easily. I hear a loud HELL and i think of Forest or I hear a DAMN andi think of Ernie. I wanted to know the ending. Its the only reason i finished it. His normal voice is very good.
I feel so strongly about the narrator’s southern accent that i want to read the book on my kindle in a few months.

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  • BMS
  • 2019-02-02

Really good narration can't overcome the story

The narrator does an excellent job once again. However, the story is very slow to develop and the characters are flat and undeveloped. This is a far cry from the author's prior works. I'm about halfway through but I don't have the time to spare to even finish it.

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