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Without Warning | [John Birmingham]

Without Warning

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.
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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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    J Greenville, SC, United States 11-28-09
    J Greenville, SC, United States 11-28-09 Member Since 2008
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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer sacramento, ca USA 12-12-10
    Amazon Customer sacramento, ca USA 12-12-10 Member Since 2005
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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...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Lititz, PA, United States 08-14-10
    Charles Lititz, PA, United States 08-14-10
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Vero Beach, FL, USA 07-07-10
    John Vero Beach, FL, USA 07-07-10 Member Since 2008
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-07-10
    Daniel Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-07-10 Member Since 2010

    Love audio books , been listen for about 12 years and over 200 adleast.( truck driver).

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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    William G. Hipps Novato, CA 07-23-14
    William G. Hipps Novato, CA 07-23-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Story no ending. Great sub plots, no endings"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was a very good book, except no part of it was ever completed. You don't know what the mysterious cloud was but it disappeared. You do know what the US WAS; but not what not what happened to it. You kind of know the major players but not how they ended up.

    The whole book was left up in the air. This is nice for selling a series but this book left all the good stories incomplete. At the end, I felt "well, hell, 15 hours later and I have no idea what happened or even where the action was heading."

    I'll probably get the follow on book IF I can figure out which book tells the reader what happened to the world. I feel cheated by the author and believe he ought to revisit his style.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


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    G William LaRosa 07-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wanted to like it, but......"
    What would have made Without Warning better?

    The book had an interesting first concept but it dragged on forever. Finally, couldn't take it anymore and just stopped listening about half way through.


    Has Without Warning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has from this author


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good first concept, but disappointing with all the tedious character development


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 07-02-14
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I finally found a female author that I love...Louise Penny and the Three Pines series. I can't say enough about her characters or stories!

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    "Terrible narration!"

    The book sounded very interesting and worth the money. Unfortunately, I could not finish the first chapter. I found myself cringing when the narrator was speaking in the voice of a young girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry E. Deschenes Issaquah, WA USA 10-27-13
    Terry E. Deschenes Issaquah, WA USA 10-27-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story with a new slant on the apocolypse"

    I finished the book this afternoon and ordered two sequel books this evening. Solid character development - always a crowd pleaser, Solid story line that weaves several story lines together very successfully. Really appreciate that he brought a new perspective to just what would happen if the US government disappeared. Thought provoking. Excellent narrator as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 10-02-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2004
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    "End of the World?"

    I like John Birmingham's work--crazy Aussie. It's exciting. While this book postulates the end of 98% of the USA by a strange thing, the idea is well developed and the author offers several political, social, legal and economic vignettes that could result from massive loss like that. I found the several parallel stories fascinating. I'll read the next book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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