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Where to Start With William R. Forstchen


By Jennifer McClelland-Smith

New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen’s next thriller, 48 Hours, comes out on January 8—but if you’re looking for more of his engrossing, pulse-raising work to tide you over until then, here are some ideas on where to start:

One Second After

The US is hit by an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack, wiping out all electrical systems. The first book in a New York Times bestselling series, One Second After has been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. This book and its two follow-ups, One Year After, and The Final Day, create an unforgettable portrait of ordinary citizens surviving an unprecedented catastrophe.

Pillar to the Sky

Pandemic drought. Escalating oil prices. Natural resources growing scarcer and scarcer. The world is at war in this NASA-inspired standalone novel, and society teeters on the edge of chaos. It’s going to take an unconventional solution to avoid total annihilation. Enter four brilliant and unexpected thinkers who work together to do the impossible: build an elevator to the heavens.

The Gettysburg Trilogy 

Co-written with Rep. Newt Gingrich, this alternate history of the Civil War imagines what would have happened if Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army had been victorious at Gettysburg. Beginning with Gettysburg, these action-packed, painstakingly researched, and utterly riveting books will keep Civil War buffs entranced.


The Pacific War

Another alternate history co-written with Newt Gingrich, this series kicks off with Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, which provocatively reimagines the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. With a rich cast of characters ranging from national leaders to ordinary citizens, both American and Japanese, this haunting and fascinating series presents a chilling “what if?” reconsideration of one of the most important moments in world history.

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