March 14, 2003, was the day the world changed forever. A wave of energy slammed into North America and devastated the continent. The U.S. military, poised to invade Baghdad, was left without a commander in chief. Global order spiraled into chaos. Now, three years later, a skeleton U.S. government headquartered in Seattle directs the reconstruction of an entire nation - and the battle for New York City has begun.
Pirates and foreign militias are swarming the East Coast, taking everything they can. The president comes to the Declared Security Zone of New York and barely survives the visit. The enemy - whoever they are - controls Manhattan's concrete canyons and the abandoned flatlands of Long Island. The U.S. military, struggling with sketchy communications and a lack of supplies, is mired in a nightmare of urban combat.
Caught up in the violence is a Polish-born sergeant who watches the carnage through the eyes of an intellectual and with the heart of a warrior. Two smugglers, the highborn Lady Julianne Balwyn and her brawny partner, Rhino, search for a treasure whose key lies inside an Upper East Side Manhattan apartment.
Thousands of miles away, a rogue general leads the secession of Texas and a brutal campaign against immigrants, while Miguel Pieraro, a Mexican-born rancher, fights back. And in England, a U.S. special ops agent is called into a violent shadow war against an enemy that has come after her and her family.
The president is a stranger to the military mindset, but now this mild-mannered city engineer from the Pacific Northwest needs to make a soldier's choice. With New York clutched in the grip of thousands of heavily armed predators, is an all-out attack on the city the only way to save it?
©2010 John Birmingham (P)2010 Tantor
Great multi faceted story but no ending for any of the characters. Seemed like th last chapter was missing, I double checked but no .... it just wasn't there. Sad
I purchased the first Audio Book in this series, Without Warning, and really enjoyed it. I gave that Audio Book 4.5 Stars. What really made that Audio Book in addition to the good writing was the Narrator Tom Weiner. He made that Audio Book. He painted this picture in my head composed of these different characters and voices. I enjoyed the new book, but the narrator and the audio just didn't compare to the first. They didn't feel like the same characters, and in my opinion took away from my enjoyment. If there is going to be third book in series, go with your original narrator, PLEASE.
If you enjoyed John Birmingham's "Without Warning" and were looking forward to this book, don't. The plot, characters, and dialogue of "After America" could be written by an intellectually challenged high school English class. Worse than reading it, however, is listening to it. It would be laughable if you hadn't wasted one credit for the privilege. President Kipper sounds like an angst ridden, mealy mouthed Jimmy Carter. The Emir (a very bad person) has an almost parodied Yiddish, borsht belt accent. There are many entertaining science fiction, apocalyptic, time travel books with which to waste time. This is not one of them. It makes one almost want to read "War and Peace."
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After America as a story suffers slightly from "Second Book" syndrome. Not as much of a complete story as Without Warning. That being said, I enjoyed it immensely. All the intertwining story-lines were interesting, and the characters engaging, particularly a Polish expatriate fighting with an Army Squad in the battle for New York. My biggest problem with the story was basically the characters progressions all seemed more about physically getting them somewhere, then actually accomplishing anything.
Sadly, the narration was flawed. The sound had a tinny quality, and the readers voices were annoying at times. Somehow Foley managed to make the President sound like a prissier version of Mr. Magoo.
This review may seem overly negative. In fact, I really enjoyed the book, and point to the negatives to prepare listeners, not to scare them away. The flaws with the narration seemed a bit jarring at first, but eventually I eased into it, and by the end, the story had captured me so much, I barely noticed it.
Exciting book. Continues the story started with the last book. Several story lines/characters continue, and continue, and continue. The end is not really an end, just another transition which I can't wait to listen to in the next volume.
It was impossible to enjoy the second installment of the trilogy. The reader was so emotionless. it felt like I was listening to a science textbook being read instead of the technological thriller. I am very disappointed since the first book of the series was performed so excellently.
I can't say. I was so bothered by the reader's performance.
Mechanical. No emotion.
Don't buy this audiobook.
Listened to the first one and figured I may as well try the second but it was even worse that the first. Political clich??s of the left and right using typical stereotyping of both to the point of the ridiculous. I had to finally stop listening after getting about half way and just giving up in disgust! Waste of money and time. Just a disappointment after such a great premise!
No just this author
Excellent narrator! Only reason I got so far was the performance!
No let it end now!
Don't waste your time!
This guy would sound better narrating lectures or something more academic. I was not pleased with his narration. His delivery of female characters was off-putting. The story is OK. It ends abruptly, for the next book to take up I suppose. I won't be reading it.
I thought this book was well written. The story was though provoking and dialog was stimulating. Having finished the first book only weeks ago I was quite pleased to learn of this one, and it does a great job at keeping the timeline in sync.
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