As the tech world threatens to slide into one of its regular bust cycles, Validator CEO Alison Prue decides to play a high-tech, high-risk game of chicken. While her faint-hearted competitors are hitting the brakes, Prue punches the accelerator at Validator in hopes of gaining market share-and profits.
The new strategy soon leads several of Validator's senior executives to move beyond cutting corners to actual criminal conspiracy. Their plan puts particular strain on the company factory in China, where a young girl has left behind her country village and watched her dreams come true beyond anything she could imagine... until everything changes.
As Validator races towards the fate its executives have brought about, it may take the intervention of even more powerful forces to save the company.
Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.
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