Invasion USA I - The End of Modern Civilization

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Volume I of IV.
At exactly midnight on December 31, 2012, every electronic device made in China for the last 30 years stops working.
The shutdown of the United States of America, and 97% of the entire world, is accomplished by 12:30 am U.S. Eastern time on the first day of the New Year in 2013.
It takes only 30 minutes to completely dismantle the whole of modern Western civilization as we know it More

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About T I Wade

T I Wade was born in Bromley, Kent, England in 1954. His father, a banker was promoted with his International Bank to Africa and the young family moved to Africa in 1956.
The author grew up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Once he had completed his mandatory military commitments, at 23 he left Africa to mature in Europe.
He enjoyed Europe and lived in three countries; England, Germany and Portugal for 15 years. The author learned their way of life, and language before returning to Africa; Cape Town in 1989.

Here the author owned and ran a restaurant, a coffee manufacturing and retail business, flew a Cessna 210 around desolate southern Africa and achieved marriage in 1992.
Due to the upheavals of the political turmoil in South Africa, the Wade family of three moved to the United States in 1996. Park City, Utah was where his writing career began in 1997.

To date T I Wade has written eighteen novels.

About the Series: INVASION USA
At exactly midnight on December 31, every electronic device made in China for the last 30 years stops working!

From the U.S. electrical grid and all its back-ups, engine control-management systems, early warning systems on U.S. satellites, every motor vehicle, aircraft and ship made after 1985, to even simple memory chips inside children’s teddy bears—every electronic fuse, resistor, or connector that was “Made in China” becomes dormant… forever.

It takes only 30 minutes to completely dismantle the whole of modern Western civilization.

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Review by: resonant on Feb. 26, 2014 :
This was entertaining enough that I bought the rest of the series. The premise isn't too far-fetched - the electronics industry today is suffering from substandard counterfeit parts being slipped into the supply chain for profit, so it wouldn't be too hard to deliberately introduce components with a built-in kill switch.

The author goes into full aircraft geek mode at times, with detailed descriptions of aircraft that go on for pages and pages. I found these infodumps to be rather enjoyable, but people looking for nonstop adventure may want to skip ahead a few pages.

My only criticism is that civilization crumbled unrealistically fast, with looting, indiscriminate killing, and mayhem breaking out before people's New Year's hangovers had even gone away. Of course, there wouldn't be much of a story if people reacted calmly and rationally, with everyone working together peacefully as they adapted to the loss of electronic technology.

Overall, well worth reading, especially for enthusiastic aerospace nerds.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

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