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 loss of life, is with reference to cracking a terrorist cellphone. And simply north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned by way of a drug runner, a pirate, and gun-slinging beauties, is witness to the unspeakable. in a single quick, everywhere in the international, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues is not really an identical. 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 struggling with a warfare with out command or keep watch over. 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 broadcasts struggle on an the US that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the lads and ladies who wish it to.
In this brilliant paintings of exchange fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a situation that's incredible yet shatteringly actual: an international of economic smash the place a cloud of noxious waste–from America’s burning cities–darkens Europe, whereas women and men in workplaces all over the world 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 in basic terms wish, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. basic in Cuba, all of sudden tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering fact. the 1st in an epic trilogy that might go away readers breathless and astounded, suddenly deals an international with out its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.
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