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 girl who inhabits a twilight of lies and dying, is with regards 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 rapid, all over the global, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues is just not a similar. A wave of inexplicable strength has slammed into the continental usa.

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


Now U.S. infantrymen are combating a struggle with no command or keep an eye on. A correspondent documents horrors for nobody. 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 publicizes conflict on an the USA that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the boys and ladies who wish it to.

In this outstanding paintings of trade fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's incredible yet shatteringly genuine: an international of monetary damage the place a cloud of noxious waste–from America’s burning cities–darkens Europe, whereas women and men in places of work around 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. common in Cuba, without notice 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, abruptly bargains a global with out its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.

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