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After America (The Disappearance #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,689 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
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 t ...more
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Del Rey Books (first published July 17th 2010)
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Jun 05, 2014 Jak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of Birmingham's "The Disappearance" Trilogy and much like the first, it's a bit... meh. The characters from the first book are now a couple of years down the line and part of an America trying to rebuild itself after the devastation of The Wave.

About the only really interesting character was President Kipper who has to struggle with the realities of a collapsed economy, government structure and war with jihadist insurgence intent on settling the devastated and dead island
Apr 09, 2016 T.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Big fan of this whole series and wish John Birmingham would get back to it.

This is the second of two in a trilogy about a large part of the US being wiped out by an unexplained 'energy distortion'. Yeah, dumb premise, but an entertaining 'what if' - what if the USA just disappeared from the geopolitical landscape overnight?

Chaos reigns, of course, but chaos can be entertaining.

The third book of the series finished on a cliffhanger, so I want there to be a followup. Unfortunately Mr Birmingham is
dennis barron
Dec 21, 2016 dennis barron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After America. John Birmingham

This is an extraordinary novel of perseverance, survival, never taking the easy way out of just giving up. Only the strong will survive. The world is in chaos after a chemical attack decimated it. Some areas were hit, killing. It's inhabitants instantly. Other areas untouched. America has a new president, but others are fighting to squash his authority. Isalmic terrorist cells are fighting to control New York, aided by other mercenaries. Texas wants to control and i
Sep 14, 2012 A~ rated it really liked it
Part two of John's Birmingham's Without Warning Series.
For people who listen to audio books, it is terrible to listen to one then the next right after it. It might be the same reader, but it has been years in his life and he never does the same voices that he did the first time. Oh well.
What to say about this book.
I liked it.
There were still some of the problems I had with the previous books, where the narrative skips around from point to point of view but the times do not mesh.
In one narrative
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
After reading "Without Warning" I couldn't let too much time pass by before I read the next in the trilogy. In "Without Warning" the apocalypse has happened, at least for North America. Birmingham built up a plausible world of chaos and survival. In "After America" we are three years into that post-apocalyptic world. The US has been virtually emptied of all human life, great destruction has occurred, now it is time for something to fill that vacuum. Once again John Birmingham does a very plausib ...more
Tony Calder
Feb 04, 2012 Tony Calder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
While the first book in this series, "Without Warning", had an ending which wrapped up the plot lines of the book, but left enough intrigue to get the reader to continue, this is definitely the middle book of the trilogy. By that I mean that while a reader could work out what's going on without having read book one (although with some difficulty), the story does not have any type of ending in this book - that is presumably to come in book three.

Birmingham writes with his usual style and pace, an
Mary Hoag
Jul 08, 2012 Mary Hoag rated it did not like it
Didn't see much need for this book. There are a few new characters and some revisited, but the majority of the book is a shoot-em-up military free for all.
There is no further development of the bubble and the people who disappeared. I was very disappointed and only finished the book (hoping for action in the ending) by mercilessly skipping through it.

Really disappointing - don't understand how this got so many good reviews.
Scott Gardner
Jan 08, 2017 Scott Gardner rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
With the wave gone , the battle to retake America is just beginning.
Full of gritty action , we follow on from the first book , on how the characters are coming to terms with the new world order
Matt Mitrovich
Jan 27, 2013 Matt Mitrovich rated it it was amazing
After America is the second book in a trilogy that began with Without Warning. That book involved the aftermath of an event known as "The Wave", an energy field that caused the majority of the populations of United States, Canada and Mexico to disappear on March 14, 2003 (on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom). All that is left of the United States is Alaska, Hawaii, a small enclave around Seattle and America's oversees possessions. For those who thought the world would be a better place without ...more
Zeke Chase
Oct 29, 2013 Zeke Chase rated it it was ok
Rating: 3.8 / 10

The first of this series, “Without Warning”, I rather enjoyed despite myself. In my review of that novel, I said, “…by the second half of the book I was quite... well, “riveted” is perhaps too strong a word, but only just. I was quite entertained, and I was never bored, and I knew quite early on that I’d definitely be getting the rest of the series. It’s a cheap read, but a good one.”

That, I think, was largely due to the thriller’s pace. It was divided into parts, the first being
Douglas Lord
Dec 12, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it
Like some of you, I have chanced upon a previously unknown book, begun to enjoy it, and proceeded to burn happily through it as fast as my eyes would allow. My sojourns into this genre have included Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, and Jeffrey Maitland's Spinal Manipulation Made Simple: A Manual of Soft Tissue Techniques. With John Birmingham's After America, I found myself totally engrossed and stayin' up late. Looking back, I see that I missed some thin ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Alanis rated it really liked it
Part two of John's Birmingham's Without Warning Series.
For people who listen to audio books, it is terrible to listen to one then the next right after it. It might be the same reader, but it has been years in his life and he never does the same voices that he did the first time. Oh well.
What to say about this book.
I liked it.
There were still some of the problems I had with the previous books, where the narrative skips around from point to point of view but the times do not mesh.
In one narrative
Dave Versace
Sep 03, 2012 Dave Versace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ol' JB's made a surprise career out of turning speculative premises into high-octane geopolitical-military techothriller trilogies. This is the second volume in The Disappearance, his "What if everyone in America vanished suddenly?" series (I remain convinced his novels are slightly overengineered responses to drunken pub arguments). While the first volume Without Warning stood more or less alone, this one picks up the characters a couple of years down the track, showing most of them settled dow ...more
Mike Hedley
Feb 10, 2014 Mike Hedley rated it really liked it
Another page-turner from Birmingham although I'm wondering what's happening with North Korea and Japan as with the first novel in the trilogy. It's all very well having an enormous geopolitical sweep, as removing America from the global economy would obviously entail, but Birmingham goes into some detail about what characters are eating and wearing, yet some potentially enormous post-apocalypse national players barely rate a mention.

There are a few technical errors again, Mormons don't drink co
Clay Kallam
Jul 05, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
John Birmingham’s future for America is equally dire, but “After America” (Ballantine, $26, 465 pages) is the second volume based on the premise that a mysterious Wave killed every human being in 90 percent of the United States instantaneously (which was described in “Without Warning”).

It’s now three years later, and the world is a changed – and much more violent – place. The Wave finally lifted, and James Kipper, the president of what’s left of the United States, struggles with rebuilding an em
Any Length
Aug 18, 2011 Any Length rated it did not like it
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Anthony Eaton
Nov 18, 2010 Anthony Eaton rated it really liked it
You have to hand it to John Birmingham. What he does, he does well. And when he comes up with a big idea, it's a BIG idea.

This is the second book in his series which opened a couple of years ago with 'Without Warning'. The premise of it it simple - what would happen to the world if the vast majority of the USA simply vanished for a year or so. In the tradition of all great techno-thrillers, Birminham combines gritty contemporary realism with plausible political intrigue and well drawn characters
"After America" is that rarity, a sequel as entertaining as the novel that preceded it. Several of the characters from "Without Warning" reprise their roles here, and once you buy Birmingham's far-fetched premise, you're in for a rollicking good read. While there is a lot of mayhem in this story (more than a bit of it doled out by formidable women), Birmingham also packs a surprising amount of character development in and around the spent brass of shell casings left thoughout Texas and on the gu ...more
S. K. Pentecost
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The sequel to Without Warning could best be described as 'more of the same'. This book is set a few years after the Wave mysteriously appeared to wipe out most of North America, then just as mysteriously went away again, leaving vast tracts of empty land. This land is now being fought over, both by the remnants of the American people, and by anyone else from the rest of this shattered world who has the means to get there. Some of those people are not very nice - Islamic terrorists are fighting i ...more
May 11, 2013 Larry rated it liked it
You should really have read “Without Warning” before “After America.” This book is definitely the middle part of "The Disappearance” story.

There’s another Interesting premise: urban warfare in NYC – I’m talking artillery and aircraft – but after the effects of a “bomb” that killed only the people. The US still has the military assets (but can never be easily replaced). It amazing to consider.

Yet, to keep it from being just a “blood & guts” novel, the author adds more humor then the prior wor
Mar 21, 2012 Louis rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Military/Action fans
"After America" is book 2 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 volume like many “second” books in a trilogy, doesn’t have any longer the excitement of a new idea. The story from vo
Oct 19, 2014 Baglady rated it really liked it
reading too many of this author's works in a short time makes the surprising twists less surprising - can somewhat predict the actions of key characters and overall tone. Nonetheless, the premise of post-apocalyptic New York City being occupied by opportunistic terrorists doesn't seem all that far fetched given recent events in the middle east. I am experiencing bias fatigue - all Islamic people are terrorists, Army leaders are Nazi-style autocrats who attract and sponsor "white is right" agents ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Goldenwattle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner from John Birmingham. I had been looking forward to this since Without Warning.
There is still no explanation for the wave and I wonder if there will be. But the centre of the wave is about Kansas City. I wonder if it’s significant that Kansas City is now in the story. One can speculate. Was a ‘bomb’ developed to kill people, but spare the infrastructure? It activated by mistake. Will there be a race to get to this devise to beat Blackshore and the jihads? (Or following a them
Nick Brett
Mar 02, 2013 Nick Brett rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, a great idea really well executed with a lot of thought going into the consequence of the US being taken out of the picture.
After America kicks forward a few years with the US being free of the mysterious energy wave and with no manpower to protect it's open borders. So the US is open to looters and becoming a battleground. We also pick up with some of the characters from the first book to see how they are faring in the post "wave" world. The main t
Apr 28, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in another of Birmingham's trilogies continues the converging stories of numerous characters first introduced in his novel Without Warning. The pacing in this novel again seems much too slow for its length, and the character development is just too drawn out for my taste. Birmingham again uses the "time leap forward" plot device to jump ahead a few years between this novel and its predecessors. While this likely saves us from unrealistically quick activities it feels kind of lik ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
My rating 3.5
In fairness, the intended audience market may put this much higher and so would I in terms of the 'ideas' that JB posits (I do so enjoy the socio-economic political world-gaming scenarios that he advances in the Wave's wake) but in my opinion the execution would've benefited from some sharper editing, especially mid-book which seemed to lag a little. However, the various narratives tighten rewardingly as we move to the book's conclusion and provide "an elegant sufficiency" of teasin
Lynn Calvin
way behind on notes -finished this weeks ago.

Ok, post apocalyptic fiction (most of population of North America suddenly dissolves and so do people who try to go there for a couple of years, then the effect disappears.

Kind of disappointing stereotyping of the Muslim world and some coincidences that are pretty WTF, but still a page turner. Birmingham's a guilty pleasure and this is very much a middle book sagging too.

I buy Birmingham for the cool ideas and the excellent initial book carrying out
Apr 18, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: end-times
In the book Without Warning Birmingham did a great job showing what would happen if a major portion of the U.S. and part of Canada just lost its population in some freak wave. In After America Birmingham continues the story. Now American President Kipper must attempt to continue rebuilding. And it seems a full scale battle will be on for New York City as others attempt to lay claim to the city. If you like military action and novels of a post apocalyptic nature Birmingham is not to be missed. He ...more
Mark Bond
Aug 21, 2015 Mark Bond rated it really liked it
Another great read from John Birmingham. We catch up with our characters after the events of the first book, when the wave has gone, leaving the US open to any and all comers. Kip is now president and he has the problems of budget - there isn't one really, as there is no money; pirates invading and looting the eastern seaboard - what is he to do?; re-populating the vast emptiness that is the United States - how can he do that and rebuild the once great nation? The characters from the first book ...more
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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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