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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 cellphone. And simply north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned through 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 shouldn't be 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 battle with no command or regulate. A correspondent files 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 pronounces warfare on an the USA that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the lads and ladies who wish it to.

In this magnificent paintings of trade fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's unbelievable 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 places of work worldwide fight to make judgements that can't carry and opportunists unharness their mystery demons.

From a slick Texas legal professional 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 desire, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. normal 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 would go away readers breathless and astounded, unexpectedly bargains an international with no its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.

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