By John Birmingham
In Kuwait, American forces are stacked up, locked and loaded for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris, a covert agent, a girl who inhabits a twilight of lies and dying, is with reference to cracking a terrorist cellphone. And simply north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned via a drug runner, a pirate, and gun-slinging beauties, is witness to the unspeakable. in a single rapid, all over the international, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues is not an analogous. A wave of inexplicable power has slammed into the continental usa.
America, as we all know it, is long gone. . . .
Now U.S. infantrymen are scuffling with a conflict with no command or keep an eye on. A correspondent documents horrors for nobody. Washington is long gone and the road of succession is in tatters; the functioning remnants of presidency are in Pearl Harbor, Guantánamo Bay, and one determined, remoted nook of the Northwest. For the jihadists, it’s Allah’s miracle. For Saddam, it’s an opportunity to assault. Iran announces battle on an the USA that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the lads and girls who wish it to.
In this unbelievable paintings of exchange fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's unbelievable yet shatteringly genuine: a global of monetary break the place a cloud of noxious waste–from America’s burning cities–darkens Europe, whereas women and men in workplaces world wide fight to make judgements that can't carry and opportunists unharness their mystery demons.
From a slick Texas attorney who occurs to be within the correct position on the correct time to a hard-working urban engineer in Seattle who turns into his terrified city’s simply wish, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. common in Cuba, by surprise tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering truth. the 1st in an epic trilogy that might go away readers breathless and astounded, suddenly deals a global with no its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.