Without Warning

By John Birmingham

In Kuwait, American forces are stacked up, locked and loaded for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris, a covert agent, a lady who inhabits a twilight of lies and demise, is with reference to cracking a terrorist telephone. 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, everywhere in the global, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues is absolutely not an analogous. A wave of inexplicable strength has slammed into the continental usa.

America, as we all know it, is long gone. . . .

WITHOUT WARNING

Now U.S. infantrymen are battling a conflict with no command or regulate. A correspondent files horrors for not anyone. Washington is long past 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 pronounces battle on an the US that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the boys and girls who wish it to.

In this impressive paintings of trade fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a situation that's incredible yet shatteringly genuine: an international of economic spoil the place a cloud of noxious waste–from America’s burning cities–darkens Europe, whereas women and men in places of work 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 purely wish, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. normal in Cuba, suddenly tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering fact. the 1st in an epic trilogy that may depart readers breathless and astounded, unexpectedly deals a global with no its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.

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