Angels of Vengeance (Without Warning) MP3 CD – 10 Apr 2012
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Praise for John Birmingham
"[Birmingham] describes military hardware with an exuberance and virtuosity that's positively Clancyesque."--"Time"
"Interesting geopolitics, incredible action, and pirate battles make this a perfect end-of-summer read."--io9
"Ingenious and engrossing."--"Publishers Weekly"
"A real page-turner . . . [rips] the reader along on the ride."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune"
"Shocking . . . replete with full-throttle action."--"Booklist"
"From the Hardcover edition."
"A seamless fusion of alternate history, postapocalyptic fiction, and espionage-fueled thriller."--"Publishers Weekly
"Birmingham knows how to write action. . . . I enjoy world building stories as well as post-apocalyptic tales. This is definitely a little of both."--Bill Lawhorn, SFRevu
"A rollicking ride . . . fast-paced and thought-provoking."--"The Sun-Herald" (Sydney, Australia) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Mesmeric readability." (The Weekend Australian) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
In Angels of Vengeance the focus is on three female characters (the author is fond of strong females) as they seek the vengeance of the title in the world post the wave. Mainly set in the US and Australia this has less of the big picture and more on the three ladies in question, one of whom is a very entertaining James Bond type. Quite a few of the characters we have met over the books make an appearance which was a nice touch.
I have to say I have enjoyed the trilogy, especially the first one which was both thought provoking and clever, the next two were always going to struggle to keep up with the wow factor of the first. You could stop after the first one if it is just the big picture changing world stuff you like, but I liked the characters and the scenario so I am pleased I stuck with this to the end.
As always with Birmingham, the action is tense, bloody and decisive. He manages to create believable characters, often at odds with each other, each with his or her own justifications and agendas that seem reasonable enough when seen from their points of view.
What started out as a globe-encompassing story in "Without warning" has ended up, through "After America", as a story of personal (and in one case petty) vendettas. Characters from book one resurface, complete with their own backstories.
Without giving too much away, the book ends on a satisfying note but....
SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY READ THE BOOKS!
Why do we never get an explanation of what the energy wave that laid waste to North America was?
The ending was obvious pretty much from the start
Massively missed opportunity to describe what was going on in the wider world
Pretty dull story
Set up for a sequel
just churning them out now , just like Clancy did .
I was all for pre-order and looking forward to Mr. Birminghams books the last 7-8 years, but I will be very carefull next time, because the read just got from one of those rides in a Ferrari with a professional racedriver till a trip with the public bus.
Buy it if you really need the closure, but do not get your expectations up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great third book in this brutal and polished story.
The characters we love are back and are as great , hard working , likeable and unlucky as ever. Read more
Poorest book of the trilogy. I found myself scanning through the first 85% of the book which was very dull, the last 15% had some depth and excitement.Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by Lockie66
A good finish to the series.
Always good to know what happens to characters, if you're involved in the After America World, this is a must-read.
Felt like it was going through the motions, I didn't find the characters very believable, but the action kept me interestedPublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Not as involving as the other books in the series, however if you just read it as a stand alone novel it's not too bad. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by R. B. Moore
But it is not a fast paced as the preceding 2 and lacks because of it I feel. I'm sure it'll pick up to a crescendo at the end to wrap it all up.Published on 6 Jun. 2012 by Robert Dimbleby