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Angels of Vengeance (The Disappearance #3)

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This is the New World. Born of chaos and madness. Remember that if nothing else.

Jed Culver, President Kipper's right hand man, knows that what is right and what is best are rarely the same thing. Can he go against the President's wishes?

Mad Jackson Blackstone, rogue governor of the Republic of Texas, is slowly but surely destroying the new United States of America.

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Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Pan Macmillian Australia
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Oh boy does John Birmingham like to put his characters (and his audience) through the wringer! The third and final part of this series continues to follow through on the story as set up in the first book. The author said in an interview that he likes to start of with a large cast of characters and then whittle them down, and he certainly does so in this book as we lose people we have been following through some 2000 pages of story.

At one point I was getting concerned that there may be a fourth b
A very nice surprise! I don't knowingly start series in the middle, but as a reviewer I get what I get. In this case it was engaging enough that I'm going to hunt up books one and two, and wait and watch for book 4. I want to see the progression of how they got from wherever to here. The book is the third of a stated Trilogy, but the ending is a clear and unambiguous opening for a book Four.

Strong, smart, resourceful female characters. Without having the backstory from books One and Two I'm sti
Nick Brett
Mar 18, 2013 Nick Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third (and presumably final) volume in the “After America” trilogy. The series started with the premise of a mysterious energy wave killing most of the inhabitants of the US while leaving everything else intact, but encased in the wave. Set back in the early 80’s with the majority of the US Military in the Middle East it was a fascinating view of how the US no longer being in the picture would have an impact on the world economy and how the balance of power would shift and old grudges would ...more
Clay Kallam
May 18, 2013 Clay Kallam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book that is heavy on psychology and subtle gradations of emotion, or one that examines the complexities and philosophic uncertainties of modern life, may be excused for digressions and long stretches where the plot, such as it may be, barely twitches in a forward direction.

But a book that is about action -- and violent, bloody, detailed action at that -- must move at a different pace. It must be lean as well as mean, and the pages must turn without much time spent on introspection or metaphys
May 01, 2012 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Great idea, in all three books. But, the author has not earned my trust. They are all fantastic characters that leave impressions behind. Unfortunately some grammatical flubs (where it seems spell check won over sentence structure) left me confused. Generally, the characters are developed well, but without all having clear purposes...unless that is the point, which is acceptable as a device. The next book seems transparently looming, in favor of a reason to wrap up this one, and in many ways the
Sep 18, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books

I finished the audio book of this one in the bath tonight, cos I was sure I didn't have much to go.

Overall, I found this really hard to concentrate on. I dont know if it was the audiobook format, or the story itself, but I found myself tuning out quite frequently. As I result I'm not sure if the things i feel this book is missing are actually missing, or just missing for me cos I happened to miss that detail.... For example, I still don't know what "the wave" is and I don't know if I missed it
Jul 08, 2012 Louis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military/Action fans
“Angels of Vengeance” is book 3 of a trilogy by the Australian author John Birmingham. The start of this trilogy was set in 2003 before the first gulf war when an energy wave/bubble takes out the USA (most of Mexico and much of Canada). All that's left of our country is Seattle, Alaska, Hawaii, troops in Cuba and the Middle East and any citizens outside of the country at the time.

This final book wraps up the stories started in book 1. One thing I do like about this author is that he’s not afrai
Aug 27, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly satisfying end to the Disappearance trilogy. Birmingham has no qualms about cleaning out characters he's done with and I'm glad he takes the time to see to their end in the story itself instead of letting them vanish during the break between books. Like his Axis of Time trilogy, I wish he spent more exposition on the political systems that inhabit his new world setting, but I understand the need to balance interests. And to be fair, I think he kept an excellent pace and balance between ...more
S. K. Pentecost
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Tim Fay

I've been following John Birmingham's stories since Weapons of Choice, his alt-history trilogy, and he has a wordsmith's way with telling a story. This storyline is equally enthralling, totally worth your dime. Really. I mean it. get out of your chair right NOW and go buy one of his books. You won't be sorry. There are few playwrights out there of this caliber, whose body of work covers such an expanse, weather historical non-fiction, humor, or slam-bam action-adventure
Dec 02, 2014 Jak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can’t really say that this did a whole lot for me. Only my OCD nature made me continue the series. The concept was nice enough but overall it was just lacking a certain ‘omph’ to really capture the imagination and keep me turning pages.

So it’s the final book of the trilogy and while there are several overarching story threads and many continuous characters all three books could be read as standalone stores and you’d not be missing much.

The problem of this particular volume is there is just too
Ken Richards
The 3rd and (probably) final volume in the 'Wave' trilogy, Angels of Vengeance' ties up the loose ends of the first 2 books well enough. The USA is gone, as is the 'Wave' which Disappeared most of its population (though the body is still twitching annoyingly). Caitlin Monroe, 'Echelon' agent is front and centre in this installment, as she the mastermind of the attack on New York which filled so much of the previous book in the series. Birmingham's characters are well rounded and fight internal a ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read the three part series of The Disappearance and while I enjoyed them all I enjoyed Angels of Vengeance least of all. The story of the lives of those who survived The Disappearance continues. The characters are very well done and believable. Some of the conversations are a bit long-winded or perhaps unrealistic but worst of all are the long, detailed descriptions of every day object and/or situations. I don’t need to know every detail of the library in which the character finds herself s ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusually for me, I elected to pay full price for this one, that's how much I was looking forward to getting on my Kindle. I had gobbled up the first two volumes of the trilogy, grabbed by the skilful combination of a clever ideas working together with a well written action yarn. I'd even read some of the preview passages that Birmingham leaks out via his blog and twitter feed and was raring to go.

And..... Oh dear :(

Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book, it's just not as good as it could
Angus Mcfarlane
The final (?) in the series that has been an enjoyable escape over this summer holiday and the previous two. In this one the focus has narrowed to a few protagonists as they seek closure on unfinished, personal, business. Characters I'd gotten to know and like over previous books were there again, so there was no need for reintroduction. However, I felt the time spent working through the different scenes was slightly longer than it needed to be, making the eventual climax short and less satisfyi ...more
Charles Stone

Angels of Vengeance is a very appropriate title for Birmingham’s third book of his latest trilogy. Three female protagonists are thrown into a post-apocalyptic America. The storyline switches back a forth between their separate quest for retribution. Then there is a fourth storyline about an unlikely President of the United States and his overbearing Chief of Staff. It wasn’t until very late (too late) into the story that we finally see how he fits in with the rest of the characters.

What I liked

This is an entertaining read, but not quite up to the high standard of its prequels ("Without Warning" and "After America"). Unlike those books, the title of this one telegraphs its plot.

There are three heroines in this story, but only "Commando Barbie" (Caitlin Monroe) seems fully realized as a person. Apart from Caitlin, Milosz, the Polish special forces operator who became a U.S. Army Ranger, was my favorite character from earlier books in the series, and while I was gratified to see Birming
Feb 03, 2013 Hakan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, military
I was not as impressed with AoV as I had been with the previous two installments in the "Disapperance" series. Even more so because I started reading the Disapperance books only because I liked the "Axis of Time" series so much.

A hefty amount of pages is spent on re-telling the previous two books. This feels like a bit of service for new readers who did not pick up the previous two volumes but it could have been shorter. Quite a bit shorter. The middle bit is split between even more retrospectiv
May 11, 2013 prk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sofia Peiraro is struggling to settle into a new life in Kansas City, where she and her father are now living. When there's an attempt on his life, from the same "Mad Jack" Blackstone (Governor of Texas and thorn in President Kipper's side) whose racist policies led to her family being killed, Sofia decides to take matters into her own hands, and heads towards Texas with vengeance on her mind.

Echelon agent Caitlin Monroe is once again infiltrating enemy lines. Her target is a former French offic
Jul 03, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
The first book was the hook for me, with the sudden disappearance of pretty much everyone inside the continental US (and implied death). Because of the timing that the author choose(2003), a lot of America's military muscle was already outside the US so that makes things slightly less catastrophic. And I kept on following things into the second book as the second order effects of the disappearance and then beginnings of reclamation of the now deserted US began (as well as the global chaos that c ...more
Matt Mitrovich
Jan 27, 2013 Matt Mitrovich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angels of Vengeance by John Birmingham is the latest (and last?) novel in the trilogy that began with Without Warning. Some backstory, our tale begins when a dome of energy descends onto North America on the eve of the Iraq War, covering most of the continent. Millions perish and anyone who attempts to enter the dome disappears as well. The United States of America (except for Alaska, Hawaii, and a small enclave around Seattle) is destroyed, along with large chunks of Canada and Mexico (plus the ...more
I.F. Adams
Mar 24, 2016 I.F. Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the plodding second book I was a little worried, but Birmingham knocked it out of the park with this one. Did a superb job of tying all the plot arches together, gratifying action, and tied up the loose ends in a satisfying manner, while leaving a few hangers to come back to the universe later. Hats off to Mr. Birmingham for a fantastic ending to another great trilogy. Truly one of the sci-fi (though calling this trilogy sci-fi is slightly misleading) greats of our time.
Oct 26, 2014 Lloyd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I rarely read books that haven't been on my "To Read" list for a while first. However, I found myself out of town without a book, and picked this up because the jacket copy sounded intriguing.

Technothrillers are a guilty pleasure of mine; my "junk food books". The plot of this one was entertaining, and the story moved along at a decent pace, so it measured up to what I expected for leisure reading.

What's wrong with this book? Awkward narration (and occasionally dialogue) that is so cringeworthy
Mar 13, 2014 MVV rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The last in the trilogy. It was okay, but after three long books, I just wanted it to end. By the way, what is with all the trilogies lately? I am afraid to pick up a random book nowadays in fear that I will have to commit to all subsequent books. For that matter, I finished a book the other day (in which I was somewhat lost in that it seemed disjointed) only to find it the third in a series...argh!
Lachlan Sims
Final in another of John Birmingham's trilogies. At times it felt this book was just written for the sake of having a trilogy - there was not much substance to the plot as there was with the earlier components. Still, enabled some finalisation and for characters to come to their own and close the story. Came across almost like an extended epilogue. Listened as audio book. Some sections were laborious and hard to get through. This could be because my more recent audio experiences have been a litt ...more
Jan 17, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the rambling, all-over-the-joint introduction that was Without Warning, Birmingham tightened his tale to cover 3 main protagonists and their (somewhat) interlocked stories.

Again with Birmingham, there is a lot of gunplay, some unnecessary detailing of hardware (seriously - why do writers of technothrillers feel obliged to provide the specific type of every handgun that shows up?) and only a few real human moments. But that is ok, since you know what you're getting into. These books are not
Brenda Burnett
this is the third book of the series, and my least favourite. Liked reading about the 3 women- Sofia, Caitlin and Julianne, but it seemed too stretched out or contrived or something. Even the second book got away from the "under the dome" beginning, and was getting too complicated, trying to bring all the characters into connection.
May 18, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last installment of the “The Disappearance” story – and I’m torn whether to be happy or sad. I originally started reading it just to finish the trilogy. Actually though, it turned out to be much better written that the prior installment. (I particularly liked the second half of the book.)

The premise is just so darn thought-provoking. The population of the US is now 30 million instead of 300 – yet much of the infrastructure remains. The political intrigue is interesting and the little
Read Ng
This is the third installment of the Disappearance trilogy.

There is something about Birmingham's stories that I really enjoy. I immediately get sucked into the his universe. You immediately become attached to the heroes. If you have read any of his other books you already expect heroes you are rooting for to suddenly meet untimely deaths. But you keep reading to find out what terrible event is next to occur. It's all a great ride.

I enjoyed the Axis of Time series more, but found this series a c
Unlike his Axis of Time trilogy, it looks like this series is continuing. He drops a massive cliffhanger in the last chapter and major characters are still in play.
Overall, this is another good variant on the 'out of context' plot and wraps up in a satisfying manner after three books.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any future books from Birmingham.
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John Birmingham grew up in Ipswich, Queensland and was educated at St Edmunds Christian Brother's College in Ipswich and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. His only stint of full time employment was as a researcher at the Defence Department. After this he returned to Queensland to study law but he did not complete his legal studies, choosing instead to pursue a career as a writer. He curren ...more
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