Angels of Vengeance by John Birmingham

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The only false note is the somewhat anticlimactic conclusion, which does not entirely repay series readers for their 1,500-page investment.
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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)

About John Birmingham

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John Birmingham is the author of Angels of Vengeance, After America, Without Warning, Final Impact, Designated Targets, Weapons of Choice, and other novels, as well as Leviathan, which won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australia’s Adelaide Festival of the Arts. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, Playboy, and numerous other magazines. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats.
Published April 10, 2012 by Del Rey. 530 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 10 2012

Dull characters, bland dialogue and thin plotting make for a weak final installment of the trilogy, which Birmingham closes by awkwardly setting up a potential sequel. No thanks.

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Below average
Reviewed by Russell Galen on Feb 13 2012

The only false note is the somewhat anticlimactic conclusion, which does not entirely repay series readers for their 1,500-page investment.

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Reviewed by TOR on Apr 06 2012

Now in the conclusion of the Wave Trilogy, Birmingham weaves together the disparate tales of three women scattered across the world caught up in the continuing chaos, trying to make things better, earning a living in the fractured economy, and finally achieving their revenge.

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Sunshine Coast Daily

Reviewed by John Graham on Sep 24 2011

It really is a rattling good yarn, and while 520 pages may be a bit much for a single sitting, I don't think you will take too long to finish the book.

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Reviewed by Jon Page on Aug 16 2011

Birmingham has skilfully managed to give each book in the series uniqueness but at the same time joining them seamlessly.

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Reviewed by Mitro on May 24 2012

I have enjoyed Birmingham's works for three main reasons: bringing techno-thrillers to alternate, not being afraid to kill off important characters and the use of strong female characters in a genre dominated by men.

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