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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

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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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...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Lititz, PA, United States
  • 08-14-10

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • 03-07-10

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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  • John
  • Vero Beach, FL, USA
  • 07-07-10

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.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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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  • GMJ
  • Michigan
  • 05-11-18

Many story lines coming together.

Great narration IMHO. The end line of chapter six or so since my opinion of his talents. This story had many supporting characters yet the narration did a bang up job of juggling the plethora. He is a fantastic narrator to my recollection.

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Great story

Great story, very engaging. Well developed characters, very unique and really makes you think about war, bigotry, hate and how it all combines to put us on (and over) the edge with little provocation. Also illustrates the fragility of the global economy and supply chain, something worth consideration. Tom Weiner's performance is terrific. Amazing voice and really makes you feel like your listening to different characters, not just a guy "making funny voices".

Was a real "page turner" and very hard to stop listening to. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

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A well told story

When I read a story with a sci-fhi component , especially one set in contemporary times, it's important that the story line and the characters make sense. In this book, given the plot line the characters all ring true! I've read many, “end of the world as we know it”, books where many of the characters could best be described as idiots! In “Without Warning” given the story line every characters actions were right on, every plot and sub-plot had the ring of truth and there were enough, “never saw that coming”, twists to make this a very compelling book!
Well worth your time and credit! Gave it a 4 only because of a few books in the same genre that were astounding