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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 girl who inhabits a twilight of lies and demise, is just about cracking a terrorist mobile. 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 immediate, everywhere in the international, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues seriously isn't a similar. A wave of inexplicable strength has slammed into the continental usa.

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


Now U.S. infantrymen are battling a struggle with no command or keep an eye on. A correspondent documents horrors for not anyone. 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 proclaims struggle on an the United States that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the lads and ladies who wish it to.

In this spectacular paintings of trade fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's incredible yet shatteringly genuine: a global of monetary smash the place a cloud of noxious waste–from America’s burning cities–darkens Europe, whereas women and men in workplaces all over the world 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 simple terms desire, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. normal in Cuba, unexpectedly 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, without notice deals an international with no its policeman, its nice devil, or its savior–as an unknowable destiny struggles to be born.

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