Darren and Darla Brooks are living their dream in the Ozarks of Missouri. Even though Darren doesn’t have to work he is head of security at The Underground, a storage facility within a mountain carved out by a limestone mining company. Darla has ‘retired’ after selling her successful arms manufacturing firm. A CME has hit three weeks earlier leaving some of the country’s infrastructure struggling. Though warnings were heeded there was only so much that could be done ahead of time as the government has never implemented a hardening program. Now, another CME is headed their way with rumors of something much worse.
Forstchen’s novel, 48 Hours does a decent job of explaining the science behind am EMP causing CME. It also parallels the continuity of government against what is best for humanity. This is a standalone novel that is not tied to The One Second After series.
Once Darren realizes what the government plans to use The Underground for, he and Darla hatch a bold scheme to try and stop them. Lives will be lost. Predictions will come true. The world will be forever changed.
5 out of 5 stars.