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 loss of life, is with reference to cracking a terrorist telephone. 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 fast, everywhere in the global, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues isn't a similar. 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 battling a conflict with no command or regulate. A correspondent documents 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 broadcasts conflict on an the United States that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the lads and girls who wish it to.
In this outstanding paintings of exchange fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a situation that's unbelievable yet shatteringly genuine: an international of economic damage 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 merely 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 fact. the 1st in an epic trilogy that might go away readers breathless and astounded, without notice deals a global with out its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.
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