Five Years After: A John Matherson Novel (Hardcover)
From William R. Forstchen, the New York Times bestselling author of the One Second After series, comes Five Years After, a near-future thriller where John Matherson must contend with new threats to the fragile civilization that he helped rebuild.
Five years after The Final Day, the Republic of New America has all but collapsed into regional powers and the world at large is struggling to remain stable as regional conflicts ravage the post EMP landscape. After several years attempting to lead a quiet life, John Matherson receives the news that the President is dying from a possible assassination attempt, and is asked to step in to negotiate with what appears to be a new military power hidden in the wreckage of the world.
Pulled back into the fray, John struggles to hold the tottering Republic together. Facing threats on multiple fronts, he races against time to stop another EMP attack on the former United States and China, putting years of progress at risk. With so much of his work under threat, John must find the strength within to start over, so that he can save the country and the people that he holds dear from even greater calamity.
About the Author
William R. Forstchen is the author of the New York Times bestseller One Second After and We Look Like Men of War, among numerous other books in diverse subjects ranging from history to science fiction. He has co-authored several books with Newt Gingrich, including Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, Days of Infamy, To Try Men’s Souls and Valley Forge. Forstchen holds a Ph.D. in History from Purdue University, with specializations in military history and the history of technology. He is currently a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College, near Asheville North Carolina. He is a pilot and flies an original WWII recon "warbird." He resides near Asheville with his daughter Meghan.
Praise for Five Years After
“The future has never seemed more chilling or more believable than in Five Years After, a riveting dystopian page-turner from one of the masters of the genre. As you descend into the world that William Fortschen creates, you absolutely know that this is how it could all turn out. But as you root for the characters who inhabit his world, your faith in the human spirit will be restored.”
—William Martin, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution and December '41
“Forstchen is a rare storyteller who not only entertains, but also conveys a vital message. He reminds us how much we’ve forgotten—how to subsist, how to fight, and how to live. Five Years After is a veritable guidebook for surviving the apocalypse—and better yet, how to avoid it.”
—Ward Larsen, winner of eight major awards and USA Today bestselling author of Deep Fake
“With One Second After, William Forstchen redefined and elevated the genre of apocalyptic fiction. Now, with the release of Five Years After he raises the bar once more. John Matherson faces his most diabolical antagonist yet, when he he's thrust into a deadly game of wits when a secret cabal of government survivors unleash global holocaust. To save the world, John must embrace the unthinkable, and live with the consequences forever. This is edge-of-the-seat fiction at its finest!”
—Kathleen O'Neal-Gear and W. Michael Gear, award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors of The People of the Earth series and Dissolution
Praise for the John Matherson series
“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
“Forstchen is the prophet of a new Dark Age. The wise will listen.”
—Stephen Coonts, 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
Praise for 48 Hours
“William R. Forstchen is the master of real-world apocalyptic fiction, and his latest 48 Hours is 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.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown
“When you’re done with this one, you’re going to ask yourself: Is this possible? Can it really happen? Here’s the scary part. Not only can it happen, it already has, only this time it’s going to be far, far worse. A surreal treat.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
“When the sun blasts the earth with two life-extinguishing explosions of solar rays, humanity is suddenly brought to the brink of utter annihilation. What will we do? The reader will race through this stunning, electrifying novel all the way to its final, shocking conclusion and come back begging for more.”
—William S. Cohen, New York Times bestselling author and Former Secretary of Defense