The countdown is on. In less than 48 hours, the Earth will be struck by two, back-to-back, catastrophic solar storms. The second is a Coronal Proton Ejection (CPE) that threatens to kill all life on earth. These explosions will also severely damage the world’s electrical/electronic infrastructure. In a preemptive move to avoid permanent damage, global communications are shut down; hospital emergency generators are disconnected; the entire internet, media broadcasting, and cell phone systems are turned off.
A full-scale plan is in place to ensure survival after the CPE until something far more frightening is discovered by NASA’s solar observation teams. Will the world emerge from the darkness triumphant, or will mass hysteria lead to the breakdown of society as we know it?
Author William R. Forstchen paints a chillingly realistic picture of the frantic final days before a cataclysmic event in his realistic thriller, 48 Hours.
Forstchen is the New York Times bestselling author of the One Second After series. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He has made numerous appearances on Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC as a recognized expert on Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP). He is currently a faculty fellow and professor of history at Montreat College, near Asheville, North Carolina.
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Release date: January 8, 2019
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Publishers Weekly Starred & Boxed Review: “A solar storm known as a coronal mass ejection has struck Earth in this intelligent near-future thriller from bestseller Forstchen (The Final Day), his best book to date. Parts of the U.S. are without electricity, and some cities declare martial law to maintain control. But even as Americans struggle to deal with limited resources, a team of astronomers at the Helio Observation Center, headed by Dr. Richard Carrington, have detected an intense solar flare…which has the potential of wiping out humanity. Carrington is summoned to the White House to report his findings directly to the president, who wrestles over how to respond without causing mass panic. Meanwhile, Darren Brooks, a former police chief who now heads security at a massive underground storage facility in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., must resolve a moral dilemma after he learns that the site, which includes supplies that could enable thousands to survive the calamity, is to be taken over by the military. Fans of apocalyptic thrillers such as the movie Deep Impact will be engrossed.”
James Rollins: “A story that should be read by all — not just as a riveting piece of fiction, but also as a cautionary tale of humanity at the edge. Here is a book that should be on everyone’s shelf, a guidebook to the end of the world.”
William S. Cohen: “The reader will race through this stunning, electrifying novel all the way to its final, shocking conclusion and come back begging for more.”
Steve Berry: “A surreal treat.”