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 loss of life, is just about cracking a terrorist telephone. And simply north of the equator, a forty-foot wood-hulled sailboat, manned by means of a drug runner, a pirate, and gun-slinging beauties, is witness to the unspeakable. in a single fast, all over the global, for politicians and peasants, from Gaza to Geneva, issues will not be an analogous. A wave of inexplicable strength has slammed into the continental usa.
America, as we all know it, is long past. . . .
Now U.S. squaddies are combating a conflict with out command or keep watch over. A correspondent files 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 broadcasts conflict on an the US that doesn’t exist–except within the hearts and souls of the boys and ladies who wish it to.
In this spectacular paintings of exchange fiction, John Birmingham hurtles us right into a state of affairs that's unbelievable 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 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 basic terms desire, from the cancer-stricken undercover agent to a drug runner off the Mexican coast and a U.S. normal in Cuba, all at once tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering truth. the 1st in an epic trilogy that may go away readers breathless and astounded, suddenly 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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