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MEN ARE MEN
This hit my wish list the day it was offered. For years I have wondered why more authors have not explored China and China as a number one military power. It almost seems taboo to consider the possibility. Few have considered an attack from them would include boots on the ground. Their population is their biggest weapon. Heppner did a great job exploring this possibility. He included their desire to own Taiwan. Few people probably knew that Siberia was once part of China. With World History being cut out of High School Education, we are going to need more people like Heppner to educate us. If you have read Gavin Menzies, you will most likely enjoy this. Conservatives who are worried about what happens when we cut back our military will like this. Liberals who are worried about our environment will like this. There is a lot of military techno talk and that usually turns me off, but I enjoyed it in this book. Some battle scenes go on for a long time.
IT WASN'T AUTHORITY THAT PAUL HAD DIFFICULTIES WITH, IT WAS AHOLES.
Are the characters, card board cutouts? Mostly yes, but they are not that important to the story. I did enjoy Paul, who is an ex-marine who got an dishonorable discharge. I could relate to his problems due to opening his mouth too much and I DON'T KNOW HOW TO KISS A. I enjoyed the parts involving the Chairman. I was intrigued by the politics and the troubles caused by a nation without enough women. I loved the parts involving drones and their operators. I will be following this series.
I gave the narrator five stars, but he is not a top tier narrator. I did not feel he took anything away from the story, but he did not add to it either. I can not see how he could upset anybody. A lot people complain about narrators who dramatize to much, no worries here.
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Mr Heppner has created a future world which seems reasonable, consistent within its basic premises and hence credible. In it a new glacial age has changed weather patterns making food far more scarce, petrochemicals far more important and the world a far more dangerous place. China, after years of military build-up, has become both rich from trade and a major military power and has consequently become expansive. America, after years of trade deficits and unbalanced budgets, has become much weaker, much less resolute and shorn of its military alliances. Facing a weakened and irresolute America, China has decided to seize the Alaskan oil reserves by force and thus starts a war between the two countries.
In addition to a logical and credible world situation Mr Heppner has also created a set of characters, American, Chinese and Canadian who are interesting, have reasonable back-stories, and react as normal people thrust into their situation might well react. They are not all admirable, but they are all believable and none are so superior as to make the situations unreasonable. While fiction, the book has the feel of a narration of real events involving real people making real decisions about real life situations and thus is a very pleasant alternative to the normal set of super-human secret agents, all-knowing detectives, mindless zombies and super-duper ninja-like fighters one often finds in current suspense novels. These people make both good and bad decisions, both succeed and fail, both live and die. I found the book so interesting and believable that I decided that I would buy the second book in the series. This may be military fiction but it is not made up of battle following battle but rather is a meld of the personal, political and military and this promises to be a very interesting series. The narration is excellent, the story both interesting and credible and it is not hard seeing the events as real-life news headlines.
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Would you listen to Invasion: Alaska again? Why?
Yes, totally took me by surprise this one. There are quite a few invasion books of a similar ilk but either bore you with to much weapons technical spec rubbish and cartoon characters or are so jingoistic it hurts...but not this one. You empathize with both sides and its refreshing change that an American doesn't kill a million enemies single handedly. Its intelligent and entertaining and plausible!
Which character – as performed by Mark Ashby – was your favourite?
The Party Chairman.
Any additional comments?
look forward to reading the second book.
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What would have made Invasion: Alaska better?
more action less talking.
Would you ever listen to anything by Vaughn Heppner again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Not much. I was disappointed with the story..
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
disappointment I was expecting a lot more the idea is good but it was slow and dragged out
1 of 2 people found this review helpful