Angels of Vengeance by John Birmingham

Angels of Vengeance

byJohn Birmingham

Kobo ebook | April 10, 2012

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“A seamless fusion of alternate history, postapocalyptic fiction, and espionage-fueled thriller.”—Publishers Weekly

When an inexplicable wave of energy slams into North America, the world is plunged into turmoil—as wars erupt, borders vanish, and the great and powerful fall.

Against this dramatic backdrop, three very different women navigate the chaos. Deep in a South American jungle, special agent Caitlin Monroe will stop at nothing to discover how a master terrorist escaped a secret detention center in French Guadeloupe to strike a fatal blow in New York City. Sofia Peiraro, a grieving teenager trying to rebuild her life in Kansas City, is drawn back to Texas by a vicious murder. And in the fashionable bars and boutiques of Darwin, the seething, growing freeport in Australia’s deep north, the British-born aristocrat-turned-smuggler Lady Julianne Balwyn hides a pistol in the small of her lovely back. She is hunting for the man who is hunting her. As these women fight for survival, justice, and revenge, humanity itself struggles toward its better angels—and to purge its worst demons.

“Birmingham knows how to write action. . . . I enjoy world building stories as well as post-apocalyptic tales. This is definitely a little of both.”—Bill Lawhorn, SFRevu

“A rollicking ride . . . fast-paced and thought-provoking.”—
The Sun-Herald (Sydney, Australia)
Title:Angels of VengeanceFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:034553249X

ISBN - 13:9780345532497

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'll have the spy thriller, with a splash of sci/fi, hold the realism. Angels of Vengeance is the solid finale to John Birmingham's Disappearance Trilogy. The disparate threads of the daughter of a slain Mexican family, a spy, a smuggler, and the president of a new United States are tied together. Will the new US continue to fight for freedom, or will it become insulated, paranoid and xenophobic? Mr Birmingham does an acceptable job laying out the differences in the leaders of the new world. England has become authoritarian, the US, still free but practical based on the new security problems of a country gone from 300 million to less than 10. Texas, a plutocracy, insulated and xenophobic. And finally Australia which has embraced run away capitalism. The comparisons of how each of these deal with threats, both external and internal are done well. The characters especially the spy and president also show the complex thought process behind what they have to do as a reflection of who they are. Where this is not done well, is in the daughter. While portrayed as angry and then dealt a further traumatizing blow, her skills suddenly morphing into 007/Bourne territory do not make sense. Other tense action moments needlessly extend the story. We know who will survive, but like a Holywood movie, the book feels the need to inject a gunfight every 25 pages or so to make sure you are entertained. This said, I was entertained. With some adjustment something like this could be wonderfully adapted to the screen, but there are a few rough edges to overlook or sand down.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better book This series has gotten better with the release of this book.I look forward to more books in this series.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels of vengeance A little Bond, a little Clancey, a little apocalypse and a whole lot of fun to read. Worth every minute of your time as you lose sleep and turn pages. Highly recommended to action junkies and seekers of great adventure stories.
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Angels of Vengeance Good stuff, can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2013-07-27