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In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

©2009 William R. Forstchen (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[An] entertaining apocalyptic thriller....fans of such classics as Alas, Babylon and On the Beach will have a good time as Forstchen tackles the obvious and some not-so-obvious questions the apocalypse tends to raise." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Whether we’re focused on the apocalypse or just an ill-timed breakdown on the side of a particularly remote road, there’s something about imagining survival scenarios that can be addictive. On some level, we all wonder if we would have what it takes to pit ourselves against the worst the world can possibly offer and make it out alive. That’s why it’s no surprise that survival literature is so popular, and that the stories in the genre are so diverse.

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A Civil War Re-enactor Saves a Community?

I think not!

But I get it. This is meant to be a cautionary, worst case scenario tale against doing nothing to prepare against an EMP event. If that was the goal, then I think it could have been better handled as a satire, (A Modest Proposal) because Forstchen’s portraiture of America and Americans didn’t ring true for me.

In under a week the protagonist, John, is publicly executing looters. In less than 20 days this small town representation of America has turned into a “show me your papers, please,” East Germany, and in less than two months the author has us devolving into cannibalism. Not unlikely events, to be sure, but on that timeframe when all the buildings are still habitable, roads passable (with the dead cars out of the way), potable water and fertile land? Bear in mind, there’s been no direct nuclear devastation, no pandemic, no major natural disaster – no zombies or aliens. Power is out, communications are down and transportation is limited.

In trying to paint this bleak picture of America, Forstchen neglects one of the ingredients that makes America, America: imagination. If we lost the use of our cars, and cell phones, and computers, and drugs we would be annoyed and frustrated – and scared, but we wouldn’t become helpless to the point of cannibalism in less than 60 days! Not our DIY, “think globally, buy locally,” live off the grid, alternative fuel, ride your bike to work day society!

Throughout the story, too many times I caught myself thinking things like, “wait a second! You mean to tell me that a small community outside of progressive Asheville doesn’t have a co-op run organic farm or a community garden? It has horses but no mounted police? No farriers? No yuppie urbanites with $3000 dollar bicycles to form a courier system or bicycle brigade? Really?”

This is a town made up of chain smoking college professors and ex-military, Cold War military. There appear to be no artisans, blacksmiths or gunsmiths... or carpenters, electricians, or plumbers. The youth at the local college are particularly useless and only good for training as militia. Where are the nerds – the engineers, the techno and auto geeks who would view the lack of electricity and functioning circuitry as a challenge? There are Civil War re-enactors, but no Native American folk-life demonstrators, or traditional life-ways practitioners? There are “survivalist-types,” but none with a stockpile of MREs? Really? And no one, except for the campus security guard, demonstrates any real individual leadership, not even our protagonist. He gets placed into leadership positions through circumstance.

In the best post-apocalyptic, dystopian future novels (think Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Atwood’s A Handmaiden’s Tale, Orwell’s 1984 or King’s The Stand) the “bad thing” happens before the story and the story is about how the indomitable human spirit overcomes. In the end, One Second After is a cautionary tale against homogeneity and the loss of imagination – killers of our human spirit, for without that, whether we face a super flu epidemic, an EMP strike or the zombie apocalypse, our society is lost.

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A page-turner, no doubt, but...

The preaching about the dangers of relying on technology gets a little old. If it had been straight-up post-apocalyptic thriller, it would have been fine; throwing in a couple of comments about how dependent we had been on technology would have been OK, too, but the book really beats it into you. Still, I could hardly turn the audio off on this one. If you are interested in similar themes (minus the preaching), try Lucifer's Hammer (huge meteorite) or The Stand (flu pandemic).

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Like a TV Movie of the Week

What disappointed you about One Second After?

The writing was depressingly shallow and none of the characters reacted as they should. Although the main character is a Colonel in the military, he is constantly shocked and surprised by the way people are reacting to what appears to be an apocalyptic emergency. Then, during a mad rush for supplies, he takes time out to explain everything from the history of EMP's to which countries have been working on strategic weapons, to a bunch of townspeople who have apparently been hiding under a rock. If the town were populated by ten year olds, I expect they'd be more educated. It is unfortunate when a novelist has to cram his entire back story into a pedantic monologue at the feet of fools.

Surprisingly (or not surprisingly if this were a TV movie of the week which had to wrap up in 2 hours), despite heavy looting our hero is able to find just the thing he needs, untrampled and hidden all the way in the back where no other person has managed to find it.. The last bags of ice, the last candy bars, the last cans of Ensure. This guy's incredibly lucky! The rest of the town is not very persistent in their quest for survival, so they keep leaving the last of everything for him!

For a great post-apocalyptic book which is as fresh as the day it was written, try "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank, and don't waste your money on this badly put together junk. I don't bother writing bad reviews, but I'm so disappointed that I spent money on this and I'm done assaulting my ears, so into the trash bin it goes.

Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The reader did a great job with a terrible script.

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Bummer--I should have listened to the reviews

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I should have listened to the reviews--if I had, I wouldn't have tried to listen to this book. The reader is fine, no problem, but... the story? I love dystopian 'end of the world' stories, whether the 'end' is via zombies, flu, nukes, whatever. I enjoy reading and thinking about how one copes with harsh new environments, trying to survive. But this book is not... that. This is a tedius, finger-wagging LECTURE, period. The protagonist is a professor (surprise, surprise!), everyone around him, after the EMP hits and destroys the U.S., endlessly asks him 'what's it all mean? And, 'what's it all about', and the professor LECTURES them (and us, alas) ad infinitum, boringly and endlessly, about our reliance on technology, til you could just keel over and die of boredom. The book pretends to have an actual story--the professor has two daughters, one of whom is diabetic, and of course, medicine is an immediate emergency, but to me anyway, the actual 'story' is thin and fake. The book is simply an excuse--an excuse for the author to lecture (endlessly!) about mankind's reliance on technology. Boring and annoying--trust me, don''t waste a credit.

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This story was harrowing. I downloaded it as the daily deal and was just checking to make sure the down load worked correctly when I found myself hooked. I listened to the whole book in a matter of days putting aside the book I was currently reading. The narrator did a great job but the story itself captured a sense of truth that made it seem terrifyingly possible. On a personal note, having survived a six day power outage with no water and no where to go after a hurricane and earthquake and flooding several years ago, the reactions of the characters rang true. The deadly aftermath of the EMP attack really made me think about being prepared for disasters in future. Thought provoking. Be warned --considerable graphic violence. Disturbing.

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Complete Garbage

Do not read this book, unless of course, you are a right wing nut, then you should really enjoy this long and boring journey filled with plot holes and neocon nonsense. Further, the audio performance is atrocious, it is perhaps the worst I've ever heard. I would have given it zero stars but the page would not submit unless I gave it at least one.

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A Realistic Worst Nightmare

Do NOT let the negative comments sway you; this is an EXCELLENT book. Maybe the impact regarding EMP is a bit overblown, but who cares!? It’s not about EMP, it’s about what happens to a modern society when it suddenly isn’t modern. The results are terrifying. Bill Forstchen’s conclusions may be extreme, but they are well thought out and certainly possible. While the story does continuously harp about our reliance on modern technology, that’s exactly what the characters are realizing as their modern day conveniences disappear nearly leading them to the point of utter despair. Some may also be put off by a political tone associated with religion and nationalism, but Forstchen supports this societal tendency by weaving in enlightening historical references as seen through the eyes of the main character. This is a fascinating book that holds your attention, smacks you across the face a few times, and hopefully makes you appreciate that iPhone you are currently taking for granted. Finally, Joe Barrett’s narration is also one of the best I’ve ever heard for an Audible book.

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Is he kidding?

I was so looking forward to this book based on the ratings and a couple glowing reviews. I enjoy post-apocalyptic scenarios and was hoping this would be a great one. Then... Newt Gingrich gives the foreword trying to compare this author's effort to HG Wells and George Orwell masterpieces. Right. Forstchen, after further research, is a Civil War buff and seems to be stuck on some idyllic notion of what "America" means or should mean, and presents us with a cast of Mayberry types that are absolute comical characterizations of what it means to be a "real man" and "real woman."

The male characters are sexist, simple minded, shallow and hypocritical. They say things like "This is still America" about a hundred times, and apparently are all ex-smokers, ex-military Scotch drinkers, just waiting for an excuse to start up again. The women are sex objects, with nursing skills of course, and would be "insulted" if they didn't catch a man subtly staring at their chest. The kernel of truth that threads the story together, regarding the break down of a civilization after an EMP burst, is barely enough to keep the iPod running. In fact, I was hoping for one so that it would stop. Andy Griffith, I mean "the Colonel", is the protagonist and prototypical reluctant leader, but ready to "do the right thing" and blow away a miscreant at a moment's notice. OK, OK, I'm just going to stop now. I could go on and on about how bad this book is, but won't bore you any further. Just don't buy the hype, unless you fancy yourself a good ol' boy.

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The forward is by Newt Gingrich

That should tell you all you need to know. If your response to that is YAY I LOVE THAT GUY AND EVERYTHING HE STANDS FOR ‘MERICUH! then the book will probably delight you.

If, on the other hand, you don’t think much of Newt and his party, then I recommend passing on this. Another critical review said this was a lecture wrapped in a poor attempt at a story. Yep. There are some interesting bits, but it’s mostly finger-wagging. The author is attempting to shame us as a society for not spending even more money on defense than we already do as well as not actively preparing to live in a world suddenly without power, electronics, and communication. The trouble is there are many more pressing and likely catastrophes than this one, and worrying about them is a terrible way to live.

I like most post-apocalyptic fiction for the clever survivalism and rebuilding of society, even as a microcosm. They can be cautionary tales too if that’s what the author wants, but the story should come first. It didn’t here.

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excellent wake up call but tear jerker also

excellent book on disaster preparedness set in a fictional near future, sort of red dawn, road warrior and the postman movies in one book, im sure this will be made into a movie, a realistic view of what will, not maybe, happen should our Great Country devolve into anarchy from war, or similar catastrophe and i dont mean global warming, but a real crisis

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  • Andrew
  • 01-08-15

Disturbing and Very Irritating

I selected this audio book because the post-apocalyptic nature of the story appealed to me (saddo that I am...)

However it has a number of genuine challenges - which very nearly led to me throwing the towel in the first few hours of listening (frankly this was not helped by a foreword from Newt Gingrich).

- The narrative is peppered with endless patriotic "God Bless America", "America is the best", "we will endure because we are Americans" comments. These might be heart warning to Americans - for me, their frequency really irritated. And it comes across as slightly smug - from a nation that, whatever they might think, do not have a monopoly on freedom and democracy.

- There are constant references to soldiers, veterans, the military. I don't mean in a "grab a gun, the zombies are coming (they aren't)" sort of way. I mean in a "The American military and vets in particular are wonderful and we all owe them so much". I'm not saying they are not and that they (Americans) don't owe them. But be prepared to listen to a lot of it.

- The book is sort of like a report on the consequences of "the event which happens in the story" converted into a novel - but still sounding somewhat like a report.

What I will say in its favour is that it really does punch home some of the real day to day issues that almost certainly would be endured by people facing this sort of scenario. It has made me consider buying a lot of food in bulk and hiding at the end of my garage waiting for the world to collapse.

I don't think the book is well written in terms of the characters and the narrative framework - it is somewhat disjointed - the author is certainly no Stephen King.

In summary - this IS a post-apocalyptic story. It does go on and on about how wonderful America is. It's really just a warning about what might happen if America doesn't prepare for the worst.

If you want an atmospheric end of the world read - I would say this probably should not be top of your list (try Station 11 if you've not read that).

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  • Miko
  • 06-07-14

Assumptions and American Superpatriotism

I'm afraid my opinion of this book differs greatly from so many of the other reviewers - I found myself annoyed throughout. The author obviously did his research on certain topics, but others he completely neglected and important parts of the story were based on weak assumptions. That added to the intense American nationalism and Deep South Republican attitude just left me shaking my head. I'll be taking Audible up on their lovely return policy and this is the first book I'll ever have returned based on pure dislike. The only good thing I can say for it is the narrator was fine.

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  • Chris Martin
  • 03-21-14

Are you prepared?

I love this genre but this was my first EMP novel and I wasn't disappointed it has loads of detail about the breakdown of civilisation that makes the scenario so much more real. My only complaint is that the author felt they had to add in the America forever strap lines which left me cold but overall a very good read if you like this sort of thing

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  • Martin
  • 07-01-10

Best of the Genre

I have listened to a few in this genre and this is the first that has managed to stir my emotions. Great story, well narrated and frighteningly easy to put yourself and your family in the story. Superb.

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  • Darwen71
  • 04-06-21

Good story ruined by tub-thumping rhetoric

I love reading post-apocalyptic fiction of the sociological variety (as opposed to zombies/ mutants on the rampage and tribal warfare) and in its portrayal of an EMP catastrophe and the efforts to rebuild society, this had the makings of a great story.

But… all of this comes with a huge caveat. The strengths of the book are entirely undermined by jingoism, militarism, bible-bashing, a sanctimonious (and quite grating) protagonist and a huge dollop of schmaltz. All of these things may be rousing to an American reader for all I know, but will be hard to stomach for phlegmatic Brits.

I was particularly irked when the lead character decides that the only way to deal with young criminals on the make, is to have them shot in front of an audience. Seriously, the author treats this not as the descent into barbarism but as the re-emergence of civilisation. Even I, with right of centre liberal views, was dumbfounded by some of the awful right-wing rhetoric on display here. I suppose the fact that there is a preface by Newt Gingrich really ought to have set the alarm bells ringing.

Further to all of this, there is the author’s love of historical facts and laboured explanations; definitely the sign of a poor writer. No great writer would ever resort to such condescension.

Give this book a try by all means, but take the flag-waving patriotism with a giant pinch of salt. Yeee-haaaaw!

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  • Ryan
  • 08-09-11

A shocking look at how fragile our civilisation is

If all of our modern conveniences were taken away in a split second how long would it take our society to unravel? How long would it take civilisation to revert to savagery?
This book is a disturbing what if scenario which could become reality all too easily if not though EMP as depicted in this work then by other means such as economic collapse.
A truly riveting story which is shocking and disturbing along which some devastatingly heart-breaking moments.
This book will definitely leave you thinking, if not change your outlook on our times.

A Five Star Listen

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  • Mr. M. S. Hazell
  • 10-24-10

This should be a wake up call to everyone.

Think of everything in life your that runs on electricity or that has an electronic circuit of any kind from home appliances to hospital equipment to vehicles. everything in our lives now depends upon something with a circuit. NOW THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE LOSE EVERYTHING WE DEPEND ON.

This novel is what the above scenario is about. This novel is nothing short of a wake up to call to everyone, government's especially, as to what would happen in the event of a terrorist (or rogue state) using Electro-Magnetic Pulse as a weapon. EMP IS NOT Science Fiction. It is real and has been proven. But no country is prepared.

This novel revolves around a small mountain town in Carolina, which is cut off, like all other towns and cities, when a nuclear device is set off at high altitude over the USA destroying everything electronic throughout the north american continent. It is the story of how the town has only itself and it's limited resources to rely on. How the town suffers agonising losses and has to make heartbreaking decisions in order to survive. It shows how life without the technology we depend upon will throw us back to the dark ages.

This is as thought provoking as it is shocking and everyone, from the ordinary man or women to high ranking politicians, should read this.

This may be a work of fiction but it is a very real possibility.

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  • Matt
  • 07-08-19

Basically just a USA circejerk

A bit racist, a fair bit sexist and poorly written, 'One Second After' was an excellent idea that suffered from being authored by somebody with an ego bigger than his linguistic repertoire. Every important character in this book is a man and every time the author mentions a woman it is usually in reference to her physique over any other quality she may bring to the story. I'm never going to listen to this again, in fact there were a number of times I nearly turned it off and refunded it, but I kept at it and if you can see through all the chauvinism, racism, sexism and patriotism it's an OK story.

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  • Matt L.
  • 12-21-16

Great Book

This is a great book. Well written, well paced and with strong characters you evolve throughout the book.

Ignore the reviews which mention an overdose of American patriotism - the book is set in an area where there are a lot of patriots and with a strong christian background. If these weren't in the book then it wouldn't be a true representation of the area or the people.

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  • Scullywag
  • 10-02-15

Thought provoking storyline

What did you like most about One Second After?

The book explores our modern dependency on technology and how vulnerable we become without it. The difficulties caused by an electronic meltdown were well explored, even down to areas such as those who are medication dependant as well as the more obvious issues such as food, water and power.

What other book might you compare One Second After to, and why?

The book revolves very much around the lead character his family and their town so in that respect, tends not to compare to other books of the genre I have read. This book explores the disaster at the local level. If it were to happen, we would all experience the same issues.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

I loved this narrator for his soft accent, good diction and measured pace.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book does tug at the heart strings but would have done so much more with less schmaltz and a big lid on the patriotic We are Americans stuff. I understood what the author was trying to say with it but it was too heavy handed especially as the people causing all the trouble were also Americans too!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book but felt that it missed the opportunity to be taken a bit more seriously and that is a shame. As with so many books today, I felt some of the story and the writing was sacrificed for the movie the author was hoping for.

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  • C M Brisbane
  • 07-31-20

So ridiculous

I really tried to give this one a go. Post-apocalyptic is my genre of choice, generally. I just finished 'Fever' this morning, and really wanted to continue my journey through imagined disasters. I had read a few recommendations for this book, and so I thought I'd give it a go.

I'm not sure if it's just me being Australian, but the self-indulgent unrealistic drama plays in this book are incredibly annoying. I found myself despising the main character from early on, and knowing I would have to listen to the story from his point of view really deepened my discomfit. The whole thing comes across as the main character being so super smart, and everyone around him being dumb as a box of rocks. Dumb country hicks surrounding a professor from the big smoke, but at least the view up there is nice!

Of course, the great American gun-worship came in early. This is usually part of any apocalyptic story based in the USA, and I do expect it, but if it's accompanied by decent, well-dimensioned characters, it's usually easy enough to get past. In this, the description of the main character's encounter with the hillbillies in his college times living in a farmhouse is just ludicrous. Sure, jan. They just immediately respected you after you shot at them with your big ol' gun when they'd just been calling you and your smart college buddies 'f*gg*ts'. FOH.

Also add to this the fact that there's a quip about global warming being something that wasn't believed generally, and honestly that's all I need to hear from this 'too smart for hick town' dickhead.

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  • Alex
  • 01-09-16

Thrilling survival fiction

A bit slow at the beginning but a fantastic story overall. The narration is ok and the story line really makes you want to go home and pack some rations.

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  • Michael Prior
  • 09-24-20

Great potential, very disappointing

Are you a Bible bashing, America loving, gun toting, amendment worshipping, militaristic climate change denier? If so, you'll love this book.

If you're not any/all of those things, then don't bother. The idea of apocalypse due to EMP has great potential, but this book is really, really bad.

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  • jason
  • 10-02-21

team america

so American it made me laugh the whole way through, characters were ridiculous. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇲

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  • Nickolas
  • 08-20-19

An executive report in the form of a story...

Though I wish not to undervalued the performance of the reader, I can not highly recommend this book.

My feeling is that the writer wished to showcase their extensive research and passion for war history, their patriotism and love for God and lost sight of the characters and story line.

I felt no connection to the characters, no loss and no pain. Questions were left unanswered.

This experience can only be akin to an executive report in the form of possible outcomes that may take place in the USA under such circumstances.

Though I'm happy for the education, I'm unhappy with the experience.

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  • PotsnPans
  • 02-11-20

First time I thought Uh Oh.

A little slow in the first 40mins setting it up and I thought I would put it down and then bang. Game on. If I ended up in the apocalypse tomorrow and suddenly had to get it together this would be my go to. Enough honest prep for the regular folk that dont have hordes of beans and rice under the house. Enough reality so that the characters were real. Real people died. Real people survived. Surprised but one of my favourite in the genre. Loved the narrator of the first book but you get used to the second one soon enough (I just listened back to back while doing the garden). Narrator did a great job of the voices in this one and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Worth the read right to the end.

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  • nigel
  • 08-27-17

scary

I found some elements of this title implausible however the vast majority was simply frightening in its simplicity.

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  • ObioneJZ
  • 07-01-22

Powerful book

It's been along time since a book has moved me like this one has.
Very realistic and terrifying
Heartbreaking and soul crushing but well written and narrated
Even if your not into this genre it is a powerful novel that tells a very possible future
Obi

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  • Katie
  • 06-03-22

Excellent Series.

Each book gets better.
Unfortunately the narration in first book let it down. But different Narrator in other 2.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Nicholas Brownlee
  • 03-17-21

Solid read

Haunting and well considered but certain plot lines are very predictable and not handled as well as they might be.

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