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.
to him, with more than a little fear. Jules assumed the woman clinging to his arm was the wife, and the girls crowded around her were their daughters, but the rest had to be a grab bag of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and possibly the village drunk, the village idiot, and the village’s drunken idiotic mayor all thrown in for good measure. None of them looked to have a fucking peso between them. Pieraro disentangled himself from them and moved forward to intercept Julianne as she bulldozed her way
consisted entirely of foul-smelling stogies, which he insisted on smoking at all times, right down to the nub. The smell of the Davidoffs reminded Jules of her father’s library, so she indulged the old coast guard chief, over the protests of her passengers, who objected to his “secondhand carcinogens.” “How’s it looking, Rhino?” asked Jules as she shook off the spray and slid the hatch closed behind her. “Excellent. Just excellent, if you’re in the market for an old-fashioned ass kicking today.
surged through the adults, and some of the youngest began to chant, “Pirates pirates,” but Granna Ana whacked one of them behind the ears and they all shut up quickly. Even the whackee held in his tears. “We’ve had our problems with these guys before we got to Crusoe, and it looks like we’ve got them again.” “How?” asked the banker. “How’d they find us out here?” Fifi shrugged. “Somebody on the island probably dropped a dime on us. Five’ll get you ten one of the lobster boats chugged out of
out of the speakers. “Granted, Colonel, we can’t just pick a president out of a hat. But we need to act and damn quick. I’ve got close to a quarter million men and women out here in the desert waiting on orders to go. Saddam has even more waiting to receive us, and a lockerful of dirty weapons ready to fire off. I got millions of potential enemy combatants all around me. Israel sitting on top of her nukes. And that asshole bin Laden spooking around in back of it all. Pretty soon I’m gonna have
city. Kipper caught himself obsessively twisting and wrenching one of the straps on his backpack as he tried to imagine what had happened, what bizarre correlation of physical forces might have done such a thing. He couldn’t think of a single explanation. He was a civil engineer, a good one, but he maintained a professional interest in related fields, and indeed in most of the hard sciences. As a young boy he’d wanted to be an astronaut—who hadn’t?—but he wasn’t one for uniforms and taking