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Title: Without Warning
Series: The Disappearance
Author: John Birmingham
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
A "wave" of energy appears, covering America, Southern Canada and Northern Mexico. Every single human in that area is simply gone.
The world is in chaos, Americans abroad [citizens and military] are left without a country, trying to survive and figure out what the next step is.
We follow several military groups, a U.S Ranger turned journalist, an Engineer in the state of Washington and some sort of mysterious spy woman in France. At first I wasn't sure how having so many points of view was going to work but Birmingham was able to weave the story through each group and it worked. Nothing was confusing or jumbled up.
I felt thoroughly "out of place" as any of the characters with what had happened. What made it even more so was the fact that we never find out what has caused the wave. The whole world doesn't know and it is creating chaos, as much as the world's One Super Power suddenly being gone. I enjoyed this and found Birmingham's portrayal of how things would go down exactly as I would expect it too.
The main thing that bothered me was the Secret Spy lady. She didn't fit into the story and for the amount of time garnered on her, nothing was wrapped up. It wasn't a bad storyline and it showed the chaos in Europe really well but I was hoping for some sort of resolution.
*Spoiler for the Ending*
Having the wave simply disappear as the last sentence in the book? That guarantees that I'll be reading the sequel!