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After America - John Birmingham

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Published: 1st July 2011
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"Our world went to hell on March 14, 2003."

Four years after an inexplicable wave of energy decimated the American mainland, and then just as inexplicably disappeared a year later, US President James Kipper is no closer to explaining the catastrophe to the traumatised survivors.

In a decaying New York City, an assassination attempt on the President prompts the suspicion that the looters overrunning Manhattan may be more organised and sinister than previously thought.

Working on a farm in Texas to earn his citizenship, Miguel Pieraro believes in the promise of the New America. That is until tragedy cuts through his family.

In the English countryside, Echelon agent Caitlin Monroe must once again fight for her life, a sharp reminder that her nemesis is active again.

Then out of the smoking ruin of the Middle East comes an enemy that will be Kipper's toughest challenge yet. The battle for the Wild East is just beginning, but does this New America, and its gun-shy President, have the strength of will to destroy the past in order to save the future?

About the Author

John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, the award-winning history Leviathan, and the trilogy comprising Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1, Designated Targets: World War 2.2 and Final Impact: World War 2.3 plus Without Warning which was published in Oct 2008. Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as biotechnology and national security. Before becoming a writer he began his working life as research officer with the Defence Department's Office of Special Clearance and Records.

John Birmingham

John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, the award-winning history Leviathan, Without Warningand the trilogy comprising Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1, Designated Targets: World War 2.2 and Final Impact: World War 2.3. His latest novel is After America.

Between writing books he contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines on topics as diverse as biotechnology and national security. Before becoming a writer he began his working life as research officer with the Defence Department's Office of Special Clearance and Records.

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If you ask him nicely, he might even answer your questions, but he will probably not read your manuscript. He's very lazy.

Despite working his way to the top of the freelancing trade, Birmingham says before Felafel was published in 1994 he was trying to live in Sydney on about $12,000 a year, accumulating the life experience that eventually made him a household name Australia-wide.

"I often wonder what would've happened if either I hadn't written the book or it hadn't been a success," he said.

"And it wasn't a success for six months. For six months it just died in the arse really. It wasn't that nobody would buy it, the shops wouldn't even stock it. Poor old Michael Duffy looked like he was going to do his dough cold, and then for whatever reason it began to sell, and then it took off and exploded.

"But I guess I do know what the alternative would have been. I would have ended up like some of my writer friends who are really struggling to get by, selling fudge at the markets on the weekends to pay their electricity bill.

"You can do that stuff when you're in your 20s and you're single and childless and have no-one to look after or to blame but yourself, but once you enter a serious relationship and start having kids then all of a sudden there are other people depending on you and the equation gets pretty f***ing grim very quickly.

"So I actually don't care to think about the downside alternatives, what would've happened if Felafel wasn't written or just came out and died, which is the fate of most books."

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ISBN: 9780330404129
ISBN-10: 0330404121
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st July 2011
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1