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After America By John Birmingham,

  • Title: After America
  • Author: John Birmingham
  • ISBN: 9780345502919
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • March 14, 2003, was the day the world changed forever A wave of energy slammed into North America and devastated the continent The U.S military, poised to invade Baghdad, was left without a commander in chief Global order spiraled into chaos Now, three years later, a skeleton U.S government headquartered in Seattle directs the reconstruction of an entire nation and tMarch 14, 2003, was the day the world changed forever A wave of energy slammed into North America and devastated the continent The U.S military, poised to invade Baghdad, was left without a commander in chief Global order spiraled into chaos Now, three years later, a skeleton U.S government headquartered in Seattle directs the reconstruction of an entire nation and the battle for New York City has begun.Pirates and foreign militias are swarming the East Coast, taking everything they can The president comes to the Declared Security Zone of New York and barely survives the visit The enemy whoever they are controls Manhattan s concrete canyons and the abandoned flatlands of Long Island The U.S military, struggling with sketchy communications and a lack of supplies, is mired in a nightmare of urban combat.Caught up in the violence is a Polish born sergeant who watches the carnage through the eyes of an intellectual and with the heart of a warrior Two smugglers, the highborn Lady Julianne Balwyn and her brawny partner Rhino, search for a treasure whose key lies inside an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment Thousands of miles away, a rogue general leads the secession of Texas and a brutal campaign against immigrants, while Miguel Pieraro, a Mexican born rancher, fights back And in England, a U.S special ops agent is called into a violent shadow war against an enemy that has come after her and her family.The president is a stranger to the military mindset, but now this mild mannered city engineer from the Pacific Northwest needs to make a soldier s choice With New York clutched in the grip of thousands of heavily armed predators, is an all out attack on the city the only way to save it From the geopolitics of post American dominance to the fallout of Israel s nuclear strike, After America provides a gripping, intelligent, and harrowing chronicle of a world in the maw of chaos and lives lived in the dangerous dawn of a strange new future.
    After America March was the day the world changed forever A wave of energy slammed into North America and devastated the continent The U S military poised to invade Baghdad was left without a commander

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    1. The second installment of Birmingham s The Disappearance Trilogy and much like the first, it s a bit meh The characters from the first book are now a couple of years down the line and part of an America trying to rebuild itself after the devastation of The Wave.About the only really interesting character was President Kipper who has to struggle with the realities of a collapsed economy, government structure and war with jihadist insurgence intent on settling the devastated and dead island of Man [...]

    2. Big fan of this whole series and wish John Birmingham would get back to it.This is the second of two in a trilogy about a large part of the US being wiped out by an unexplained energy distortion Yeah, dumb premise, but an entertaining what if what if the USA just disappeared from the geopolitical landscape overnight Chaos reigns, of course, but chaos can be entertaining.The third book of the series finished on a cliffhanger, so I want there to be a followup Unfortunately Mr Birmingham is too bus [...]

    3. Didn t see much need for this book There are a few new characters and some revisited, but the majority of the book is a shoot em up military free for all.There is no further development of the bubble and the people who disappeared I was very disappointed and only finished the book hoping for action in the ending by mercilessly skipping through it.Really disappointing don t understand how this got so many good reviews.

    4. Part two of John s Birmingham s Without Warning Series.For people who listen to audio books, it is terrible to listen to one then the next right after it It might be the same reader, but it has been years in his life and he never does the same voices that he did the first time Oh well.What to say about this book.I liked it.There were still some of the problems I had with the previous books, where the narrative skips around from point to point of view but the times do not mesh.In one narrative th [...]

    5. After reading Without Warning I couldn t let too much time pass by before I read the next in the trilogy In Without Warning the apocalypse has happened, at least for North America Birmingham built up a plausible world of chaos and survival In After America we are three years into that post apocalyptic world The US has been virtually emptied of all human life, great destruction has occurred, now it is time for something to fill that vacuum Once again John Birmingham does a very plausible job of p [...]

    6. While the first book in this series, Without Warning , had an ending which wrapped up the plot lines of the book, but left enough intrigue to get the reader to continue, this is definitely the middle book of the trilogy By that I mean that while a reader could work out what s going on without having read book one although with some difficulty , the story does not have any type of ending in this book that is presumably to come in book three.Birmingham writes with his usual style and pace, and he [...]

    7. After America John BirminghamThis is an extraordinary novel of perseverance, survival, never taking the easy way out of just giving up Only the strong will survive The world is in chaos after a chemical attack decimated it Some areas were hit, killing It s inhabitants instantly Other areas untouched America has a new president, but others are fighting to squash his authority Isalmic terrorist cells are fighting to control New York, aided by other mercenaries Texas wants to control and is an obst [...]

    8. This series isn t bad It is an interesting scenario, anyhow, a what if plot that supposes America is hit by a mysterious event that somehow kills all the people and certain other mammals in most of the USA, Canada, and Mexico It is at least quite honest in how it treats the possibilities, refreshingly not sparing any group for fear of offending them, and it is quite honest in showing exactly how much of the world might really act if this ever happened.My major complaint with the first two novels [...]

    9. OK so reading the second book of a series without reading the first one isn t the best choice it s what I did On its own, it is a fine techno political thriller Nothing too memorable, but a fine read.

    10. After America flowed on nicely from the first book If you like action this book is for you.The concept is totally believable in the current political climate Who would move in up if America was militarily weakened Looking forward to Book 3 Angels of Vengeance.

    11. Entertaining and fast pacedGood sequel to Without Warning Less humorous and grittier but still good fun Great ideas about how a post apocalyptic world would look.

    12. After America is the second book in a trilogy that began with Without Warning That book involved the aftermath of an event known as The Wave , an energy field that caused the majority of the populations of United States, Canada and Mexico to disappear on March 14, 2003 on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom All that is left of the United States is Alaska, Hawaii, a small enclave around Seattle and America s oversees possessions For those who thought the world would be a better place without the U [...]

    13. Rating 3.8 10The first of this series, Without Warning , I rather enjoyed despite myself In my review of that novel, I said, by the second half of the book I was quite well, riveted is perhaps too strong a word, but only just I was quite entertained, and I was never bored, and I knew quite early on that I d definitely be getting the rest of the series It s a cheap read, but a good one That, I think, was largely due to the thriller s pace It was divided into parts, the first being on Day 1, the s [...]

    14. Like some of you, I have chanced upon a previously unknown book, begun to enjoy it, and proceeded to burn happily through it as fast as my eyes would allow My sojourns into this genre have included Roald Dahl s James and the Giant Peach, Ed McBain s 87th Precinct novels, and Jeffrey Maitland s Spinal Manipulation Made Simple A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques With John Birmingham s After America, I found myself totally engrossed and stayin up late Looking back, I see that I missed some things, l [...]

    15. Part two of John s Birmingham s Without Warning Series.For people who listen to audio books, it is terrible to listen to one then the next right after it It might be the same reader, but it has been years in his life and he never does the same voices that he did the first time Oh well.What to say about this book.I liked it.There were still some of the problems I had with the previous books, where the narrative skips around from point to point of view but the times do not mesh.In one narrative th [...]

    16. Ol JB s made a surprise career out of turning speculative premises into high octane geopolitical military techothriller trilogies This is the second volume in The Disappearance, his What if everyone in America vanished suddenly series I remain convinced his novels are slightly overengineered responses to drunken pub arguments While the first volume Without Warning stood or less alone, this one picks up the characters a couple of years down the track, showing most of them settled down and gettin [...]

    17. Another page turner from Birmingham although I m wondering what s happening with North Korea and Japan as with the first novel in the trilogy It s all very well having an enormous geopolitical sweep, as removing America from the global economy would obviously entail, but Birmingham goes into some detail about what characters are eating and wearing, yet some potentially enormous post apocalypse national players barely rate a mention There are a few technical errors again, Mormons don t drink coff [...]

    18. John Birmingham s future for America is equally dire, but After America Ballantine, 26, 465 pages is the second volume based on the premise that a mysterious Wave killed every human being in 90 percent of the United States instantaneously which was described in Without Warning.It s now three years later, and the world is a changed and much violent place The Wave finally lifted, and James Kipper, the president of what s left of the United States, struggles with rebuilding an empty continent whil [...]

    19. I must admit that I did not read the previous book in this series Without Warning so I felt I hadn t been told the whole story.However, I felt very much reminded of The Stand by Stephen King when I read this book about the disappearance being very similar to captain trip taking out 90% of the population and there being between Good and Evil After America left me cold, it draged on too long, it jumped to too many different people and then stoped without coming to any decent conclusion for some of [...]

    20. You have to hand it to John Birmingham What he does, he does well And when he comes up with a big idea, it s a BIG idea.This is the second book in his series which opened a couple of years ago with Without Warning The premise of it it simple what would happen to the world if the vast majority of the USA simply vanished for a year or so In the tradition of all great techno thrillers, Birminham combines gritty contemporary realism with plausible political intrigue and well drawn characters to imme [...]

    21. After America is that rarity, a sequel as entertaining as the novel that preceded it Several of the characters from Without Warning reprise their roles here, and once you buy Birmingham s far fetched premise, you re in for a rollicking good read While there is a lot of mayhem in this story than a bit of it doled out by formidable women , Birmingham also packs a surprising amount of character development in and around the spent brass of shell casings left thoughout Texas and on the gutted street [...]

    22. After America continues John Birmingham s Disappearance series America after having a catastrophe visited upon it, and humans being cut off from venturing into is suddenly reopened Suddenly a gold rush takes hold as the vacant US, full of treasures has no people to stop looters The story follows a farmer sent to the frontier to resettle Texas, a spy working in Europe, a smuggler braving the warzone of New York, and the newly minted President of the new United States What follows is a action nove [...]

    23. I listened to these all back to back and finished over a week before this review so treat this as a review for the entire seriesMaybe it s because I grew up in the 80 s, but this series got me frenetically worried about nuclear war all over again.Birmingham took a bold stance by delivering to us an unexplainable apocalypse that he NEVER explains It drives me crazy, but at the same time I have to salute him This isn t a story about what caused it but about what we might do about it Any pseudo sci [...]

    24. The sequel to Without Warning could best be described as of the same This book is set a few years after the Wave mysteriously appeared to wipe out most of North America, then just as mysteriously went away again, leaving vast tracts of empty land This land is now being fought over, both by the remnants of the American people, and by anyone else from the rest of this shattered world who has the means to get there Some of those people are not very nice Islamic terrorists are fighting it out with [...]

    25. You should really have read Without Warning before After America This book is definitely the middle part of The Disappearance story.There s another Interesting premise urban warfare in NYC I m talking artillery and aircraft but after the effects of a bomb that killed only the people The US still has the military assets but can never be easily replaced It amazing to consider.Yet, to keep it from being just a blood guts novel, the author adds humor then the prior work And the prospect of all the [...]

    26. After America is book 2 of a trilogy by the Australian author John Birmingham The start of this trilogy was set in 2003 before the first gulf war when an energy wave bubble takes out the USA most of Mexico and much of Canada All that s left of our country is Seattle, Alaska, Hawaii, troops in Cuba and the Middle East and any citizens outside of the country at the time This volume like many second books in a trilogy, doesn t have any longer the excitement of a new idea The story from volume 1 car [...]

    27. reading too many of this author s works in a short time makes the surprising twists less surprising can somewhat predict the actions of key characters and overall tone Nonetheless, the premise of post apocalyptic New York City being occupied by opportunistic terrorists doesn t seem all that far fetched given recent events in the middle east I am experiencing bias fatigue all Islamic people are terrorists, Army leaders are Nazi style autocrats who attract and sponsor white is right agents killing [...]

    28. Another page turner from John Birmingham I had been looking forward to this since Without Warning.There is still no explanation for the wave and I wonder if there will be But the centre of the wave is about Kansas City I wonder if it s significant that Kansas City is now in the story One can speculate Was a bomb developed to kill people, but spare the infrastructure It activated by mistake Will there be a race to get to this devise to beat Blackshore and the jihads Or following a theme I noticed [...]

    29. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, a great idea really well executed with a lot of thought going into the consequence of the US being taken out of the picture.After America kicks forward a few years with the US being free of the mysterious energy wave and with no manpower to protect it s open borders So the US is open to looters and becoming a battleground We also pick up with some of the characters from the first book to see how they are faring in the post wave world The main themes [...]

    30. The second novel in another of Birmingham s trilogies continues the converging stories of numerous characters first introduced in his novel Without Warning The pacing in this novel again seems much too slow for its length, and the character development is just too drawn out for my taste Birmingham again uses the time leap forward plot device to jump ahead a few years between this novel and its predecessors While this likely saves us from unrealistically quick activities it feels kind of like bei [...]

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