America is Gone. It’s 2003 and American forces are assembled in Kuwait for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris an assassin wakes from a coma, in the Cascades a lone hiker watches a plane fly into a mountain and just north of the Equator a modern-day pirate, a rogue-Tasmanian, is witness to the unspeakable.
In one instant an inexplicable wave of energy has changed the world. From Canberra to Cairo things will never be the same. As the jihadists celebrate, Saddam plots revenge and the Israeli’s act, allied soldiers are left to fight a war without command. The functioning remnants of American government are left at Pearl Harbour, Guantanamo and in one desperate and isolated corner of the Pacific Northwest. A noxious waste darkens Europe’s skies and Australasia beckons as a sanctuary. An unknowable future struggles to be born.
©2008 John Birmingham (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"John Birmingham’s ability to seamlessly merge the gritty realism of Tom Clancy with the raw speculation of Michael Crichton is like no other author I’ve ever read. Brilliant, nail-biting, thoughtful, and excruciatingly pertinent to our times." (James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author)
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"Great Story, mixed performence"
Love this book and all 3 in the series. Great thought provoking storyline.
appalling Australian accents and pronunciation of Australian names...most disappointing.
"What a read - Awsome :)"
All aspects of the story was a total draw in. The main people you could love and care about and the the baddies were very nasty and you love it when they get justice served on them.All of John's books are as enjoyable as this one i.e. Axis of Time Trilogy, After America and the list goes on Very Happy with this book :D
The Action and what was going to be the outcome of this disaster that has hit the world.
Rhino and Julie also Kate pretty much all the heroes.
Where did everybody go? Just joking I have no idea, Without Warning seems good.:)
Just a great read if you like Sci Fi, War Disaster and suspense and want to care about Characters you are reading about this is the book.
One of the best, a real 'page turners'
In the sty;y of a Clancy book but less predictable (and I loved the Clancy books RIP
"Great story and structure"
Great engaging story, very hard to stop listening to.
A strange narrator this, easy listening until he tries to do some accent, then it all falls apart and you end up feeling like your listening to some cheesy 80's BBC radio drama story with am dram voice over crews, all the time he is talking without an accent really easy to listen to him.
Well worth a listen, be a terrible shame to miss this just because the narrator has his odd moments. Please drop the accents Tom, your great to listen to up until that point ?
"Good book let down by spoken accents"
Cor blimey guvnor, luv a duck, up the apples and pears, what a palarva, it's all gone Pete Tong, would you Adam and Eve it? Knees up motha Braan, Knees up mutha Braan. By George I think she's got it.
Water U tokkin about mon ami? Thee woerds were veeery veeery better than I thott. Eiffel tower, French fries, baguette, et cetera.
I would recommend the paper/e-book to a Sci Fi fan, but not the audio book.
I'm an English native speaker, with fluent French (having lived over here for several years).
The French and British (Australian!) accents were presumably based on a ten minute review of Dick van Dijk. They first made me laugh out loud (ten minutes into the story), then groan (3 or 4 hours) then turn off (several times) and delete the e-book before finishing it (only once).
The Cuban/American/Australian/Arabic accents (and others) may be as bad, but I can't comment.
Read the book, leave the audio book alone.
Any English or French character - due to the silver spoon/golf balls in mouth accent for the French and wavering between Austrailian, British upper and lower class, and random regional pronunciations for the English.
Oh and any dead/silent characters, because they don't speak.
For an all American performance, yes, why not.
1 - I've already bought a John Birmingham (physical) book.
2 - I've already deleted the audio book from my device.
What a load of pony and trap.
Sacre bleu, ooh la la! Quelle horreur
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