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When I bought this book I expected a somewhat standard World War III novel and was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was much more interesting and complex than I expected. I found almost everything about this book to be a surprise from the first death of the war (which took place on the International Space Station, of all places) to the action at the end of the book. In between I found a book full of interesting characters, unexpected acts and an unplanned resistance to occupation.
Much of how this book played out was unusual. For example the start of the book covers the initial actions that start the war and the reader might well expect descriptions of how the war progressed, but finds instead that the book moves immediately to a world in which part of the US is occupied, NATO has dissolved itself so US allies would not have to actually provide any help to the US and very little organized military action by the US has taken place. Instead the US finds itself having to resist in the way the occupied have resisted for all of recorded history - guerrilla action - and with a very disorganized and ad hoc fashion.
There are many parallel story lines, many of which seem to have no real start and no real end, and we are treated to isolated and uncoordinated resistance to the Chinese who are occupying Hawaii. Added to this is the interesting conflict between the Russian advisors and the Chinese Army, each of which has its own idea of how the occupation should proceed. Even at the end, where military action does take place, it does not follow the pattern that most people would expect and there are many surprises when the loose ends are finally tied up at the conclusion. This book could easily have been a series since so much ground could have been covered, but the book is complete as it is.
The narration is quite good and well suited to the contents of the book. All in all a very nice, if a bit different, World War III story. While not great literature it is a pleasant find. While the book is complete the one thing I would have liked to have seen was an epilogue covering the political results of most (but not all) of the US allies deserting the US. While not strictly part of this book it would have been an interesting read.
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A good solid techno thriller that accurately forecasts many of the complicated elements and risks created by our multinational economy and reliance on technology
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