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  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (17 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345502914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345502919
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the author of Without Warning. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

John Birmingham is the author of Without Warning, Final Impact, Designated Targets, Weapons of Choice, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, How to Be a Man, The Search for Savage Henry, and 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. S. Keast on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've just had the absolute pleasure of finishing After America and it has been the first book for a long, long time that has had me gripped from start to finish.

Without Warning, the previous book by the author was very good and this one takes off from where that one finished. Once you are able to let your imagination go a bit and follow the (initially) far fetched story, you'll soon be immersed in a thoroughly enjoyable 'what if' read.

If you enjoy alternative history, end of the world, America not always coming out on top type books, then to you I heartily recommend both the book and the author.

All that I need to do now is wait for the author to release another book !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2013
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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 here are the battle for New York, street fighting against pirates and insurgents and in Texas where settlers are being subjected to ethnic cleansing.
It lacks the "what if" elements of the first book obviously so that wow factor is missing and you can see where this story is going, but you get to catch up with the characters, and see the landscape of the new world and it's politics as the series heads for it's conclusion. Entertaining stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2010
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Having finished 'After America', the second volume of John Birmingham's Wave trilogy, I went and took a look at the review of Volume I, Without Warning. It turns out that I could pretty much copy and paste most of that review into this one and it would be equally applicable.

As with 'Without Warning', 'After America' is a highly episodic book, with the narrative swapping, chapter by chapter, between several different stories. Most of these follow characters from the previous book, (although Birmingham has taken the wise decision to move the action on by several years when After America opens so that individuals are in very different places to where they were left at the end of volume), and as before some are more successful that others. This time around I found the espionage plot involving apparent 'super-spy' and all round badass Caitlin the least successful, whilst Miguel and Sofia's trials in Texas felt the most rounded.

Once again the number of parallel storylines is a problem. As with Volume 1 the constant shifting between plots gives the book a disjointed feel and robs it of dramatic momentum. By providing natural breaks in the narrative you don't feel the need to keep reading and for an action packed and overall enjoyable book it took me longer than I would have expected to finish After America; something that was also the case with Without Warning. Thinning the herd of characters somewhat would not have been a bad idea. Caitlin's adventures could have been excised entirely for example, allowing more time to be given to other storylines.
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By Olav on 23 Jun. 2013
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Set a year or so after the apocalypse that depopulated most of North America, this book deals with the resettlement of the continent, predominantly the USA. The main perspectives are; a mexican farmer and his daughter, uprooted after a massacre, on a cattle drive; a british adventurer and her comrade-in-arms The Rhino on a journey to New York to retrieve some important papers; President Kipper and his unwanted burden of responsibility and leadership; Caitlin (Commando Barbie!) and her continued search for a terrorist who continues to make her life hell. We also get a few chapters where the story is told from the viewpoint of a young jihadist, a nice touch.

Chaos, lawlessness, opportunities and opportunists are words one can use to describe the overall story arc. One does not always sympathize with the main characters, but their motivations are understandable, given their circumstances. What Birmingham does well is to create well-rounded and believable characters. He also makes such bold moves storywise as to leave you gasping for air. A thrilling read!
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By cspears on 16 May 2014
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Scary science fiction, homing in on how fragile the world scene is, and what it would be like without the USA to maintain a semblance of peace and influence in the world.
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Great charactarisation continues, one or two shocks with the characters but it flows really well. The premise of this story is still interesting and develops nicely.
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The human cost of the Wave in the second book of the Disappearance trilogy. Succinct , brutal, descriptive and precise. Recommended.
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By Rd Harper on 25 July 2013
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Not as good a read as the other two books in the Trilogy. But the price was good and it was nice to see the link between them all.
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