Without Warning

By John Birmingham
Read by Tom Weiner

The Disappearance Series: Book 1

17.93 Hours 02/03/2009 unabridged
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On the eve of the US invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high wave of incredible power cordons a vast area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, wiping 99 percent of the US population from the face of the earth in the blink of an eye. In Seattle, at the very edge of the phenomenon, heroes must rise to meet the unimaginable challenges of food riots, mass panic, and terror. James Kipper, chief engineer of the city, and Caitlin Monroe are on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what has become known as the Disappearance. Meanwhile, General Tusk Musso and Admiral James Ritchie are trying desperately to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear. Gritty, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, Birmingham’s audacious geopolitical thriller asks what would happen to the world if America suddenly disappeared.

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Summary

Summary

On the eve of the US invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high wave of incredible power cordons a vast area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, wiping 99 percent of the US population from the face of the earth in the blink of an eye. In Seattle, at the very edge of the phenomenon, heroes must rise to meet the unimaginable challenges of food riots, mass panic, and terror. James Kipper, chief engineer of the city, and Caitlin Monroe are on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what has become known as the Disappearance. Meanwhile, General Tusk Musso and Admiral James Ritchie are trying desperately to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear.

Gritty, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, Birmingham’s audacious geopolitical thriller asks what would happen to the world if America suddenly disappeared.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“John Birmingham’s ability to seamlessly merge the gritty realism of Tom Clancy with the raw speculation of Michael Crichton is like no other author I’ve ever read. Brilliant, nail-biting, thoughtful, and excruciatingly pertinent to our times, his latest novel, Without Warning, is simply a tour de force, a true classic in the making. It should be required reading for the entire world.” James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
“Delivers all the action and techno-detail that any Clancy fan could wish for.” Robert Buettner, author of Orphanage
“Like any well-built tech thriller, the actions come fast and hot, ripping the reader along on the ride.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“[A]n unusual and intriguing scenario…This well-thought-out alternate history will appeal to fans of hard SF and techno-thrillers.” Publishers Weekly
“If you really want to be terrified, consider John Birmingham’s Without Warning, an alternate reality in which 99 percent of the US population is wiped out by a mysterious energy force on the eve of the country’s invasion of Baghdad.” Parade magazine
“Narrator Tom Weiner impresses with a broad range of male and female characterizations that reach across several cultures—English, Spanish, Australian, and others. Overall, Weiner’s delivery is strong, exacting, and accurate…This is must listening—fast paced and edgy.” AudioFile 
“A blockbuster…While Birmingham’s shocking premise may unnerve some American readers, a story line replete with full-throttle action should appeal to Anglophones everywhere.” Booklist
“An absolutely cracking read that was set to become a classic series.” SF Site

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Author Bio: John Birmingham

John Birmingham is the author of the Axis of Time trilogy and several other novels and nonfiction titles. His book Leviathan won Australia’s National Prize for Nonfiction in 2002. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Playboy, and numerous other magazines. He and his family live in Brisbane, Australia.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English