by John Birmingham
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345502896
Date: 03 February 2009 List Price $26.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Many people hate America. But, is a world without America a world that you want to live in? Author John Birmingham gives us a world where America is taken away. At the height of power and authority just before the 2002 invasion of Iraq, the "wave" appears and wipes out every living creature in most of North America. From official release/information:
Product Description: On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high energy wave cordons a vast area from Canada to Mexico. Within the boundary, no one survives. In a moment, 99 percent of the U.S. population has been inexplicably wiped form the face of the earth. Suddenly, the world must cope without the influence of the globe's greatest power. To fill the vacuum, heroes rise to meet the unimaginable challenges: James Kipper, chief engineer of the city of Seattle, facing mass panic on the very edge of the phenomenon. Caitlin Monroe, on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what becomes known as the Disappearance. General Tuck Musso and Admiral James Ritchie, desperately trying to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear.
(Source: Del Rey)