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Without Warning
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on 22 January 2018
An interesting though impossible premise but still an entertaining read for all that. Still too much AmErica is best even under Terri
E circumstances but well drawn believable characters and enthralling action sequences. My only complaint is that it rushed to a conclusion being one year later when so many threads left dangling. The Sequel will fix that I hope but this novel needed that year filled in. Thank you for a very enjoyable read during this cold winter and great value too.
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on 21 November 2012
I read this following on from a previous John Birmingham trilogy as I thought the story would be interesting. I wasn't wrong, the concept of this book is that most of America has vanished/vaporised and this is the real strength of this book. However the real let-down of this book is the characters, a real mix of believable and unbelievable people.
At the beginning I loved how the book jumped around, but towards the middle it began to get irritating. People would be left in certain predicaments and you would have to read 5/6 chapters to make sure they were ok. Dont mind reading a few pages, but think best part of a 100 and you've forgotten what the problem was.
Overall a good read.
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on 26 May 2017
America has disappeared gone in a flash all is chaos its affect on the world is it's like the police have gone And and the prison gates have been opened but on a global scale America is gone but much of it's formidable military is still in existence and interesting read following very different groups of survivors from smugglers to soldiers to a city engineer
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on 13 January 2011
As a fan of the Weapons of Choice trilogy I was looking forward to this and it leaps into its principle plot almost immediately.

A huge sheet of visible energy appears over most of America and 300m Americans/Mexicans disappear.
What would the consequences be if the worlds most influential superpower simply vanished - militarily? economically?

A hugely complex topic but John Birmingham presents a very well constructed scenario in a very entertaining fashion.

As ever his story veers towards the militaristic but a good read.
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on 12 October 2010
Well not exactly twice... I bought the paperback and I enjoyed it so much I wanted desperatly wanted the to read the follow up, After America. Trouble is I'm a stickler for books in a series matching and I was not going to wait for the paperback of After America to sit next to the paperback copy of Without Warning so I bought the hardback so I could buy the hardback After America and have them match on the bookshelf.

Suffice to say a top read that moves at a great speed and it to be recommeneded.
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on 9 October 2014
The story is quite good but it isn't brilliantly written. The quote on the front of the book about exuberantly describing Military hardware is a bit of a reach. It appeared much more like the author new some acronyms and used them heavily. Also I hope he got paid by a fair bit by Sony for describing every flatscreen TV as a Sony Flat Panel. Overall an OK read and the story isn't bad but it doesn't get much above average I am afraid.
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on 1 March 2014
Set in 1991 just prior to the first gulf war most of Amercia is destroyed by an unknown energy field. The story is about how different people around the globe cope. The story lasts about a year. This is the first of three books.
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on 24 October 2015
Part of JB's excellent American saga - just buy & read the first one and the other 2 will follow...
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on 12 February 2013
The concept is a sound one and the writing is strong but unfortunately the story side tracks into some conspiracy theories & then politics that make the overall premise stagnant unfortunately this leaves the reader feeling like the overall story stalled.
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on 27 June 2016
Great read
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