Without Warning (The Disappearance)
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In Kuwait, American forces are locked and loaded for the invasion of Iraq. In Paris, a covert agent is close to cracking a terrorist cell. And just north of the equator, a sailboat manned by a drug runner and a pirate is witness to the unspeakable. In one instant, all around the world, everything will change. A wave of inexplicable energy slams into the continental United States. America as we know it vanishes. From a Texas lawyer who happens to be in the right place at the right time to an engineer in Seattle who becomes his city’s only hope, from a combat journalist trapped in the Middle East to a drug runner off the Mexican coast, Without Warning tells a fast, furious story of survival, violence, and a new, soul-shattering reality.
Zafarana appeared in the crisp aquamarine glow of his terrain-rendering APG screen. Huge alien-looking structures blurred beneath them, recalling for Molenz an unbidden childhood memory of running alongside a picket fence through which a setting sun had cast its dying rays. Behind him, Ephron requested permission to arm the warhead. “Granted,” said Molenz. “Primary release code Alpha Two Four Delta Zero Two November Three Two Five One Echo. Confirm.” “Confirmed.” “You are released to arm.”
civilians in the underground conference room at Fort Lewis. Blackstone had obviously insisted on scheduling the meeting here to keep them off balance, but Kip was determined that it wasn’t going to work. He wished he had Barney with him, though. Two ax handles across the shoulders and dangerously impatient with bullshitters and idiots, he’d have made a great shotgun rider for this mission. “America is more than just a name on a map,” said Kipper. “Or a bunch of business interests. It’s not the
necessity of matching ends to means.” “I will do my best, General,” said Kipper, in as conciliatory a manner as he could. “I guess we can get on with business. And I guess that business has to be the Middle East and any fallout that might reach us.” He felt Marv Basco nudge him with an elbow. “Oh, and on a sort of related topic, we really need to talk about the nuclear plants back behind the Wave. Marv thinks some of them are going to melt down.” Fairmont resort, Acapulco Everything
apparent trouble as Thapa had experienced tossing it at Jules like a feather pillow. “Okay,” she said. “You’ll do.” “Yo, Boss Jules!” called out a hoarse, rasping voice. The Rhino. “Where do you want me to stow your boom sticks?” Jules smiled and nodded at Dietmar again, to thank him for his help. She peered down onto the boat deck, swarming with Gurkhas and new crew-mates, and found the Rhino shouldering a wooden box of Mexican army rifles that Shah had secured from somewhere. The number of
contamination. They were living on what they had stored in pots and bottles and the old claw-foot tub upstairs in the half-renovated bathroom. Kipper needed to get in to work to see if he could change that today. “Barb, I’m not sick. I’m fine. They’ve been checking us every day. Army doctors. Guys who specialize in chemical war and stuff. We’re fine. We got those biosuits, but we don’t even need them anymore.” Unfortunately, she would not be dissuaded. “Kip, you have a family to look after …”