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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 on the subject of cracking a terrorist cellphone. And simply north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned via a drug runner, a pirate, and gun-slinging beauties, is witness to the unspeakable. in a single speedy, everywhere in the international, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues is not an identical. A wave of inexplicable power has slammed into the continental usa.

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


Now U.S. squaddies are battling a warfare with no command or regulate. 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 United States that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the boys and girls who wish it to.

In this superb paintings of exchange fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's incredible yet shatteringly genuine: an international of monetary destroy 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 simply desire, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. basic in Cuba, unexpectedly tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering fact. the 1st in an epic trilogy that would depart readers breathless and astounded, all of sudden 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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