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Publisher's Summary

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 southern Canada to northern Mexico. In a moment, 99 percent of the U.S. population has been wiped from the face of the earth.

To fill the vacuum, heroes rise to meet the unimaginable challenges of the city of Seattle: James Kipper, chief engineer of the city of Seattle and Caitlin Monroe are on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what becomes known as The Disappearance, while General Tusk Musso and Admiral James Ritchie try desperately to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear.

©2009 John Birmingham (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Solid, entertaining listen

Really a compelling listen. Tense, exciting writing, hard to put down. Author's choice of characters was unique and a bit unexpected, but managed to tie things together at the end. Epilogue was somewhat of a letdown... the huge mystery was left unrevealed, but I understand there are sequels in the works.
Narration was a bit gruff, but it worked for most of the characters.

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Intense

Really a compelling listen, very tense, hard to put down. Author's choice of characters was unique and he did a very good job making you think that more than one person was narrating the story. Epilogue was somewhat of a letdown... the huge mystery was left unrevealed and a few loose ends,unless there is a sequel...

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Fast Moving and Insightful

The reality of war as abomination and the need to dehumanize the other in order to make outright war on him comes across clearly. The bigotry exposed here is breathtaking and not far from accurate in some cases that exist today. Those who flinch at the description of MOBIC attitudes and inclinations may either be unwilling to consider the potential of some who they may know or maybe they would rather the light of day not be shinned on that potential? Overall this is a good listen. Characters are well developed and the story moves along briskly. I would highly recommend it.

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Once I started reading I couldn't stop

This story is like a combination of Stephen King's Under The Dome and a Tom Clancy political thriller. And the "wave" seems like something from Left Behind. This story is something like all of all those together. My favorite characters so far are Jedd and, of course, Kipp. I am on to book two now and I am excited to see where things end up in book 3.

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Great Book!

This fast paced thriller filled with interesting relatable characters is loads of fun!
Highly recommended.

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Language in book is a bit over the top.

An interesting story line. The author has a limited vocabulary for expressing the emotions of his characters, so every other sentence in the book uses the "F" word in some form or other. If he could get away from that it would be a good read. I've been in the military and have never heard as many curse words out of anyone as he uses in this book.

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Truely without warning!

The charactor and acton had depth but the story jump toward the end, There seem to be parts missing or edited out. The last few chapters jump in time and the end was so abrupt it was disappointing.

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great book

Great story ! Interesting take on losing America and feels applicable to covid times! scary ideas but they seem accurate

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Meandering

My main issue with the book is that after 17 chapters, the story still hasn't gone anywhere. It's just a bunch of unconnected stories of different groups of people. The only stories I found even remotely interesting was the one with Kipper in Seattle and the one in France. If the purpose of the book is to simply chronicle the experiences of different people, then I guess it achieves it's goal. But the book doesn't have a cohesive element tying the stories together. Except the energy wave, which after 17 chapters I expected to be more prominent.

The narration was fine, but feels rushed. I had to slow the speed a bit to make the narration feel better paced.

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entertaining

I enjoyed this book. very interesting to hear a prospective what would happen with a major disaster with most of the United States being wiped out.