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When an inexplicable wave of energy slammed into North America, millions died. In the rest of the world, wars erupted, borders vanished, and the powerful lost their grip on power. Against this backdrop, with a conflicted U.S. president struggling to make momentous decisions in Seattle and a madman fomenting rebellion in Texas, three women are fighting their own battles—for survival, justice, and revenge.

Special agent Caitlin Monroe moves stealthily through a South American jungle. Her target: a former French official now held prisoner by a ruthless despot. To free the prisoner, Caitlin will kill anyone who gets in her way. And then she will get the truth about how a master terrorist escaped a secret detention center in French Guadeloupe to strike a fatal blow in New York City.

Sofia Peiraro is a teenage girl who witnessed firsthand the murder and mayhem of Texas under the rule of General Mad Jack Blackstone. Sofia might have tried to build a life with her father in the struggling remnants of Kansas City—if a vicious murder hadn’t set her on another course altogether: back to Texas, even to Blackstone himself.

Julianne Balwyn is a British-born aristocrat turned smuggler. Shopping in the most fashionable neighborhood of Darwin, Australia—now a fantastic neo-urban frontier—Jules has a pistol holstered in the small of her lovely back. She is playing the most dangerous game of all: waiting for the person who is hunting her to show his face—so she can kill him first.

Three women in three corners of a world plunged into electrifying chaos. Nation-states struggling for their survival. Immigrants struggling for new lives. John Birmingham’s astounding new novel—the conclusion to the series begun in Without Warning and After America—is an intense adventure that races from the halls of power to shattered streets to gleaming new cities, as humanity struggles to grasp its better angels—and purge its worst demons.

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"The concluding volume of Birmingham's hefty alternate history trilogy (following Without Warning and After America) is a seamless fusion of alternate history, postapocalyptic fiction, and espionage-fueled thriller. After most of the world's population inexplicably vanishes, the surviving Americans form an enclave in the Pacific Northwest and attempt to rebuild their beloved country before foreign invaders and internal strife destroy it forever. Multiple narrators — the beleaguered president of the United States, a secret agent obsessed with revenge, the dispossessed teenage daughter of a Mexican farmer, etc. — offer unique perspectives, making the grand-scale story profoundly intimate in a way that recalls Harry Turtledove's alternate histories. Birmingham's story is tightly woven and deeply considered, and his geopolitical speculation is intriguing. The only false note is the somewhat anticlimactic conclusion, which does not entirely repay series readers for their 1,500-page investment. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John Birmingham is the author of After America, Without Warning, Final Impact, Designated Targets, Weapons of Choice, and other novels, as well as Leviathan, which won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australia’s Adelaide Festival of the Arts. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Playboy, and numerous other magazines. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats.

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Roberta Maghouin, October 9, 2012 (view all comments by Roberta Maghouin)
A very nice surprise! I don't knowingly start series in the middle, but as a reviewer I get what I get. In this case it was engaging enough that I'm going to hunt up books one and two, and wait and watch for book 4. I want to see the progression of how they got from wherever to here. The book is the third of a stated Trilogy, but the ending is a clear and unambiguous opening for a book Four.

Strong, smart, resourceful female characters. Without having the backstory from books One and Two I'm still missing some key pieces, but the fundamental basics of each character's thread become clear enough. The interweaving of circumstance that link Caitlin, Jules and Sofia are as complex as the shattered world in which they live. Politics, society, and general order are all in a state of flux and potential upheaval. Each of these women has a Cause -- and in working toward them, end up on paths that cross and sometimes coincide.

This isn't exactly a techno-thriller, an action adventure, or a political intrigue novel, although there are elements of all three. There are very few true surprises, but it's not so predictable as to be a 'formula' book. As a stand alone it's not quite rich enough in detail to make the events of the previous books clear, but it's skillfully written and moves fast. As I said before, it was engaging enough that I *will* find and read Without Warning and After America.
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ISBN:
9780345502933
Author:
Birmingham, John
Publisher:
Del Rey
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20120410
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.56 x 6.37 x 1.77 in 1.7 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The concluding volume of Birmingham's hefty alternate history trilogy (following Without Warning and After America) is a seamless fusion of alternate history, postapocalyptic fiction, and espionage-fueled thriller. After most of the world's population inexplicably vanishes, the surviving Americans form an enclave in the Pacific Northwest and attempt to rebuild their beloved country before foreign invaders and internal strife destroy it forever. Multiple narrators — the beleaguered president of the United States, a secret agent obsessed with revenge, the dispossessed teenage daughter of a Mexican farmer, etc. — offer unique perspectives, making the grand-scale story profoundly intimate in a way that recalls Harry Turtledove's alternate histories. Birmingham's story is tightly woven and deeply considered, and his geopolitical speculation is intriguing. The only false note is the somewhat anticlimactic conclusion, which does not entirely repay series readers for their 1,500-page investment. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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