Without Warning

Without Warning

Book - 2009
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In Kuwait, American forces are stacked up, locked and loaded for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris, a covert agent, a woman who inhabits a twilight of lies and death, is close to cracking a terrorist cell. And just north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned by a drug runner, a pirate, and two gun-slinging beauties, is witness to the unspeakable. In one instant, all around the world, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, things will never be the same. A wave of inexplicable energy has slammed into the continental United States. America, as we know it, is gone. . . . WITHOUT WARNING Now U.S. soldiers are fighting a war without command or control. A correspondent records horrors for no one. Washington is gone and the line of succession is in tatters; the functioning remnants of government are in Pearl Harbor, Guantánamo Bay, and one desperate, isolated corner of the Northwest. For the jihadists, it's Allah's miracle. For Saddam, it's a chance to attack. Iran declares war on an America that doesn't exist--except in the hearts and souls of the men and women who want it to. In this astounding work of alternate fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us into a scenario that is unimaginable but shatteringly real: a world of financial ruin where a cloud of noxious waste--from America's burning cities--darkens Europe, while men and women in offices around the globe struggle to make decisions that cannot hold and opportunists unleash their secret demons. From a slick Texas lawyer who happens to be in the right place at the right time to a hard-working city engineer in Seattle who becomes his terrified city's only hope, from the cancer-stricken secret agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. general in Cuba, Without Warning tells a fast, furious story of survival, violence, and a new, soul-shattering reality. The first in an epic trilogy that will leave readers breathless and astounded, Without Warning offers a world without its policeman, its Great Satan, or its savior--as an unknowable future struggles to be born. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2009], ©2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345502896
0345502892
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bir
Characteristics: 516 pages : map ; 25 cm

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Sabre3
Jan 05, 2016

Interesting concept, great action sequences.

JCLDianeH May 30, 2013

Having read Birmingham's Axis of Time trilogy and loved it, I was looking forward to his next series. While I can't say that I liked Without Warning as much as the Axis of Time books, I still enjoyed it. I am fond of going down the "what if" road. What if America underwent a cataclysmic change, one that affected the whole world? Of course, I always look at the personal angle - how would it affect me and my loved ones? How would I react? It's definitely led me to appreciate my life right now and to see how much I take for granted.

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jkeaton
Jun 07, 2012

A disappointing book, overall, as the premise could have produced more interesting characters and situations, and fewer well-worn stereotypes and expletives. Birmingham is clearly aiming to have this turned into a screenplay for a summer blockbuster movie, as the gratuitous violence and car chases of the portions of the book set in Paris would translate well to the big screen - unfortunately, those parts are full of factual errors about the French and do nothing to advance the plot.

Read this book only if you need your "pro-America" biases re-inforced. Birmingham spends a lot of time in the book 'proving' how the world can't go on without the USA.

jimbedley Sep 30, 2011

Birmingham's Axis of Time Trilogy was absolutely brilliant. Naturally one has high expectations of this new work. Sadly, it disappoints utterly and completely on many levels. John: stop trying so hard to be "kuhl". We don't need page after page of expletives. We do need better explanations of why things behave the way they do in your book.

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bgirlrose
Mar 02, 2010

definitly different. worth the read. and I will read his After America due in Aug 2010. great book to get you thinking.

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