By John Birmingham
In Kuwait, American forces are locked and loaded for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris, a covert agent is just about cracking a terrorist telephone. And simply north of the equator, a sailboat manned via a drug runner and a pirate is witness to the unspeakable. in a single fast, everywhere in the global, every thing will switch. A wave of inexplicable strength slams into the continental usa. the USA as we all know it vanishes. From a Texas attorney who occurs to be within the correct position on the correct time to an engineer in Seattle who turns into his city’s purely wish, from a strive against journalist trapped within the heart East to a drug runner off the Mexican coast, without notice tells a quick, livid tale of survival, violence, and a brand new, soul-shattering fact.
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