By John Birmingham
March 14, 2003, was once the day the area replaced endlessly. A wave of power slammed into North the USA and devastated the continent. The U.S. army, poised to invade Baghdad, was once left with no commander in leader. worldwide order spiraled into chaos. Now, 3 years later, a skeleton U.S. govt situated in Seattle directs the reconstruction of a whole nation—and the conflict for brand spanking new York urban has begun.
Pirates and international militias are swarming the East Coast, taking every little thing they could. The president involves the Declared safety area of recent York and rarely survives the stopover at. The enemy—whoever they are—controls Manhattan’s concrete canyons and the deserted flatlands of new york. The U.S. army, being affected by sketchy communications and a scarcity of offers, is mired in a nightmare of city combat.
Caught up within the violence is a Polish-born sergeant who watches the carnage in the course of the eyes of an highbrow and with the guts of a warrior. smugglers, the highborn woman Julianne Balwyn and her brawny companion Rhino, look for a treasure whose key lies inside of an top East part long island house. millions of miles away, a rogue basic leads the secession of Texas and a brutal crusade opposed to immigrants, whereas Miguel Pieraro, a Mexican-born rancher, fights again. And in England, a U.S. unique ops agent is named right into a violent shadow battle opposed to an enemy that has come after her and her family.
The president is a stranger to the army frame of mind, yet now this mild-mannered urban engineer from the Pacific Northwest must make a soldier’s selection. With long island clutched within the grip of hundreds of thousands of seriously armed predators, is an all-out assault at the urban the one option to shop it?
From the geopolitics of post-American dominance to the fallout of Israel’s nuclear strike, After the USA provides a gripping, clever, and harrowing chronicle of a global within the maw of chaos—and lives lived within the harmful sunrise of an odd new future.
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I let the lights of the city come in while I sleep. Cool, clean, abstract. You don't have time for this. Groan inwardly. Such a nag I am. Get out of bed: one hand on the arm of my chair, the other on the grab bar on the wall, lever myself into the chair, settle in. Unlock the brakes. Wheel over to my desk. Punch the button that wakes up my old hand-held OSDeck. In the kitchenette, the Mr. Coffee machine gurgles steadily and I can hear elixir of life dripping into the carafe. Something to look forward to this morning.
Someone, somewhere, wrote a beauty. And I want to know how it works. No butterfly, I. Tika closes her eyes, looking away, shaking her head. Her voice is a bare whisper when she replies. “I … the memories I got … were … I guess things I might have done anyway. And they still affect me like they really happened. How do you tell what's real? I don't know. ” That sinks in slowly. A memory, real or not. College. My dorm room. I remember the cinderblock walls there, so very like the place I live now.
She's still talking, though. “Brian and I are going out to Carmel tomorrow. Probably spend the night at the bed and breakfast we usually stay at there. You know, the one with the fireplaces and the flannel sheets? ” Abruptly the sensations shift to memories of firelight and flannel on bare skin. I try to keep from feeling embarrassed, and more, try to keep from broadcasting the feeling across the gestalt. I try not to cut her off too abruptly. “Yeah. ” The sensation memories percolating out of her fade before they go too far into the moist details.
After America (The Disappearance, Book 2) by John Birmingham