Author(s): Andrew Croome
Las Vegas, Nevada. Young Australian computer programmer Daniel Carter has arrived at the heart of the American war machine - the drone program at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs. Naive, untested, but keen to make a difference, he is plunged headlong into America's surreal battle against its enemies in the Middle East - a battle fought at a distance of 7,000 miles from a city where nothing is real. As geographic and political boundaries blur, Daniel enters into an unlikely romance with a professional poker player, Ania. But when the hunt for an Al Qaeda master-mind ramps up in the skies over Peshawar, and American pilots begin to die in the suburbs of Las Vegas, events take a devastating turn. A novel of a new kind of war, of love and connection in the modern age, Midnight Empire is a powerful thriller that takes us to the troubling epicentre of a foreshortening world. It is a taut and at times terrifying vision of a world without frontiers, a novel about dangerous new realities and how they threaten to transform us.
Andrew Croome was the winner of The Australian/Vogel's Award with his first novel, Document Z. He was born in Canberra but grew up in Hobart and Albury/Wodonga. He has worked as a computer programmer, creative writing tutor and copywriter, and has completed a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Melbourne. His first novel, Document Z, in addition to winning the Vogel's Award, was also the winner of the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Award - UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing for Fiction, was a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2010, was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize - Best First Book in the South East Asia and Pacific Region, and shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards - Best First Fiction.