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...
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.
John Birmingham (born 1964) is a British-born Australian author, known for the 1994 memoir, He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, and his Axis of Time trilogy.
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Photo: Writer John Birmingham in the main hall of New York Comic Con 2009 at the Javitz Exhibition Centre. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.