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The Final Day

Written by: William R. Forstchen
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners 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 is ceding large portions of the country to China and Mexico. The Constitution is no longer in effect, and what's left of the US Army has been deployed to suppress rebellion in the remaining states.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.

©2017 William R. Forstchen (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Self indulgent and not for non Americans

Ok, so I love the genre we used to call "The end of the world" or post apocalyptic, which is now called any number of things. Much of the time, if it's set in the USA, there's a fair amount of "rah-rah America" chest thumping in the novels. Which would maybe be called "patriotic" to someone of that country, but if you aren't...it's a bit loonytunes. I'm Canadian. Born in the 60s. Lived through the real Cold War. I love my country but do I wish to replay the war of 1812? Nope, no I don't. And in no case would I think that being a British soldier in a re-enactment would give me enough clout after the world ends to become a leader and take on the big evil government! Even if I played a general, too. (I know, I know, technically John is a retired general with no battle experience, but our military doesn't work this way, I don't think your's does, either. Writer is not ex-military, for sure.)

One Second After was good. What I hated, was in the middle of a battle-- in book 1 or 2, I forget--they literally STOPPED before evacuating, and have a conversation about John's daughter being pregnant. In what world EVER would that happen if you had at best an hour to evacuate? No woman would think,"oh, we have to talk about this, now". And neither should a man with sense. It was silly and if it had only happened once it would have been ok, but this kind of stuff happened more than once in the series.
Contrivance in order to wax philosophical or not, it's annoying. I honestly don't believe if we were on our last gasp as survivors we'd really care about a teenage pregnancy, especially not if we've already dispatched our dog(s).

What else did I dislike? All the political foolishness. The US of A is not the only country that READS. Nor do we in the rest of the world really care about President Washington kneeling in the snow, unless we're reading history books, which we aren't. I'm interested in American history, but not when I'm escaping from realism while listening to End of the world books.

This review may change, it's not really a review of this book more a summary of gripes. Still an hour 15 mins to go.

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A great end to a great story.

I loved this series. It is hard to wrap such a storyline up but he did a great job with this final book.

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  • shelley
  • 2017-01-04

The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

Ok, so Joe Barrett did an awesome job narrating the first book and I was hesitant about buying the second book but did and once I started listening the narrator became secondary. I pretty much felt the same way about this book. The book is so good and the narrator does a good job, it's not his fault he's not Joe!!
For anyone who doesn't know the series, this is the third book and probably would not make a whole lot of sense with out listening to the other two books in order beforehand.
About the book: WOW!!! This book is really good, it picks up right where the last one left off. The story continues with the hardships and the discoveries of older computers that had been stored away and were off line and off the electric grid when the EMPs went off. I'm talking old machines with the standard 14" screens. But the new powers that be don't like this and there is a final confrontation that makes you sit back and think that Yes, I can see this happening. Scary. The end is kind of melancholy but good.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-01-11

best dystopian trilogy ever

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I've read many a dystopian novel & trilogy in my 80 years, but never one so well written as this by a master storyteller, read by a narrator who so richly conveyed the various characters, and a cast of characters to care about. This story brought me to tears several times, but is far from maudlin. Again, the very best dystopian story ever. Read all three books. They're well worth the time.

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  • Patrick
  • 2017-01-06

Jaw dropping conclusion to a chilling and dark potential future...

I read the first novel in this series based on a scary NPR piece about the potential risk that faces our power grid from EMP and what could happen and was unable to put it down... As was also true for the second installment, I could not stop myself from finishing this book. Thankfully with whisper I was able to sync up and keep on with it while working. Finishing it in a marathon read.
Stunning. A truly great story, superb performance and breathtaking experience as a whole. If you have not read the first novel you really should start there. I suggest, on and autumn or winter Friday night following work and call in Monday, because once you start you won't stop.
This is an eye opener work of fiction witch has all the terrible consequence of real world potential for actually happening. But be warned, it will rend your heart in two over and over again while the fate of your favorite characters play out.

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  • jim
  • 2017-01-06

A great ending/...

Classic story telling not far fetched as one with think with idiots who are plotting against our world.

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  • Dan
  • 2017-01-30

Better than One Year After

This was better than the last novel but it definitely did not have the same heart as part one. One thing I really liked was revisiting a character from part one that was not in part two. I enjoy the narrator but little things bug me. One character's name is pronounced different than the forst two parts. Thankfully, though, New Jersey native John Matherson lost the Southern accent he developed between parts 1 and 2. The storyline had some plot holes and reality issues that gave the appearance that Mr. Forstchen is tired of this story and wants to move on. With all that said, I did enjoy it overall and find it a fitting end to the series. I hate to see it end but feel the passion ended with part one, which I listen to repeatedly.

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  • 2017-01-07

Mr. Forstchen does it again!

If you liked "One Second After" and "One Year After", "The Last Day" is a must to listen and/or read. It was the perfect ending to the series. Bronson, the narrator of "One Year After" is back and better then ever. His narration brings this story to life. Looking forward to listening to and reading all three books again soon.

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  • Jill
  • 2017-01-05

Excellent!

Loved this whole series and this book was a perfect ending. So glad I happened upon it!

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  • Francie Reid
  • 2019-01-26

Very good story and deliver

There are warnings signs in this story, and there not just from a foreign threat which is serious enough. It also contains a much more serious warning of domestic threats. Not all threats are premeditated threats of aggression or subversion. The most consequential are the passive threats of willful ignorance or denial. Those of refusing to recognize and react to personal responsibility and involvement in the shaping of our nation. You will recognize all of these threats here and the latter always proves to be the most consequential in the long run.

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  • Mighty_Cranium
  • 2018-06-26

Very good. second book was the best of the 3

Story had a few too many predictable elements but I won't elaborate. well written and flawless narration

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  • mark
  • 2017-08-05

Exceptional Audio Book

This whole series of books wa well written and on point for this day and age. The narrator is one of the best.

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