After America (The Disappearance, #2)
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After America (The Disappearance #2)

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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 June 1st 2010)
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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
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...more
Mike Hedley
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...more
Mary Hoag
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.
Jak
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...more
Clay
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...more
Dave Versace
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
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Otherwyrld
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
Anthony Eaton
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...more
Patrick
"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
Alanis Garcia
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...more
Alanis
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...more
Zeke Chase
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...more
Matt Mitrovich
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
Goldenwattle
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...more
Nick Brett
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...more
Larry
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...more
Louis
Jul 08, 2012 Louis rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Tasula
I liked the first book in this series- Without Warning. This was not quite as good. Too much bloodshed, repititous narrative, and I disliked the President (a wuss) and skipped over most of the sections where he was the focus. I did like Caitlin, Sofia, Rhino and Julie very much, so I kept reading to see what happened to them. I didn't like the ending either, seemed to be a cliffhanger, but I won't be reading any sequel.
Jim
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...more
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...more
Bill
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
Robert
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
Caitlin Matthews
This builds on the previous novel and makes for a great sequel. If you enjoyed without warning, you'll love this book. It builds on Without Warning and with the rebuilding of a broken nation
Doug Hyche
This is a continuation of the struggle for America post the "Wave" phenomenon that eliminated the population of most of North America. It focuses on many of the initial characters in the first book, Without Warning, as they struggle to recolonize key areas of their homeland...and in some cases adopted homeland. Birmingham's picture of NYC streets patrolled by pirates, looters, and Islamic fundamentalists attempting colonization was both riveting and disturbing. It definitely put a unique twist o...more
Todd
This was not as good as the first book. I felt cheated by the ending as just about every character's goal was short shifted and in some ways unnecessarily drawn out to create the need for a third book. Also, one of the sub-plots deals with a group of Mormons in Texas. If John Birmingham has ever met or talked with a Mormon in real life, I would be surprised. His depiction was so far off-base in terms of vernacular used, doctrine followed and religious practices observed, that it brought into que...more
Balthazar Lawson
It took me ages to get into this book and remember who's who in the zoo. This meant that the read was a bit of a drag.

I thought there were too many story lines and they didn’t come together. Large parts of this book could have been completely excluded and it would have helped to make it a tighter more coherent read.

Plus there is the issue of it being part of series. I think all books, part of series or not, should stand on their own and this one doesn’t. It’s clearly leading to another book as t...more
Sean
Interesting sequel to Without Warning. The "wave" is gone now but there is never any mention of just what it was or really anything about it other than causing people and some animals to disappear. The novel does look at how interrelated each society or civilization is or how dependent upon one another we all are. This is survival of the fit. The author appears to have some biasis about naturalists but that is fine. I am the only one that has perfect opinions as well. The series leaves us wonder...more
Angus Mcfarlane
The second in the series and a more sedate pace to that of the first. Many of the original characters have been retained but the spheres of action have been reduced as the story focuses on more specific tensions that have arisen after 10 years of US resettlement. The story was good enough to retain my interest (without leaving me compelled by it) but lacked the mystery of the first in regard to the disappearance, which was barely dealt with. I will be content to wait for the third installment bu...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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