By John Birmingham
The international replaced ceaselessly while an immense wave of strength slammed into North the United States and burnt up ninety nine percentage of the inhabitants. because the usa lay in ruins, chaos erupted around the globe.
Now, whereas a skeleton American govt attempts to reconstruct the kingdom, swarms of pirates and international militias plunder the lawless desert the place even the president is reasonable prey. In long island urban, armies of seriously armed predators carry sway—and carry off a suffering U.S. army. In Texas, a rogue basic bent on secession leads a brutal crusade opposed to immigrants. And in England, a U.S. detailed ops agent enters a shadow battle opposed to a dangerous enemy who has made the struggle own. whereas the president ponders a blitz assault on America’s as soon as maximum urban, the forces of order and anarchy salary all-out battle for postapocalyptic dominance—and a handful of survivors needs to come to a decision how some distance to visit salvage no matter what doubtful destiny awaits . . . after America.
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