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Honestly, I'm not finished with this book only about 3 hours into it, but so far it sucks.
The backstory is rather lame. It is about as believable as the Count and Bert teaming up to take over Seasame Street. Actually, that would be more believable.
In a nut shell, this book is set in the near future. Not sure how near, since they are holding "SALT VI" talks (in reality SALT II was held in 1979 and never ratified, it was superseded by the START I and START II and the New START talks). It may be in the next few years, since the combatants are using a good bit of present day equipment, like T-80 and T-90 tanks, but not using the T-14 that the Russians are introducing now. Oh, and they are still using T-62 tanks that the Russians stopped using about 20 years ago.
The setting for this book seems to be a hodgepodge construction taken directly from the mind of kid who got a 'D-' in 20th century history because he sat in the back of each lecture snorting bath salts and/or meth. So, in this universe Germany is back to being divided between East and West, with sectors occupied by the US, British, Soviets, and maybe the French (or the Canadians, possibly French Canadians). Yeah, I know, Germany has been unified and unoccupied since 1990. Anyway, who cares because the Nazis are back in power. Yes, the Nazis.
Outside of Germany this time traveler's buffet persists. Apparently the Warsaw Pact did dissolve (just like it did in 1991), and the Czech Republic was formed (just like it did in 1993), but the gang has got back together. The Warsaw Pact is back, I guess all of its members quit NATO, but I think that I must have blanked out on that part. Oh, and the Russians are communists again and are called Soviets again. Yeah, I know, the Russians as Soviets in the modern day using T-90 tanks that weren't introduced until 2-3 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But who cares about details, the Nazis are back and on our side.
Ok, so if you are a better person than me and can beat down that little voice from your hind brain that keeps screaming "WTF!!!!" and listen to the rest of the story, that sucks too. The characters are pretty unbelievable. The scenario is pretty unbelievable. The dialogue between the characters, yeah, can't believe that either...it is pretty stiff. And the narrative...it seems to have been written with with a thesaurus in one hand with the other hand free to pick at the keys. It takes at least 90 words to move the story two words forward.
The narrator does an okish job, but he really does not have much to work with.
So far what I'm liking best about this book is that is really is a sleeper. Seriously, I set my iPhone on the bedside table, set the sleep timer, and so it is nappy time. This is better than Ambien. The only distraction is that voice in my hind brain that keeps screaming "WTF!!!" but after a bit the voice just starts to cry and sob and that is pretty soothing too.
Truthfully, I think that this might have been a good book if it was written in 1987, where it belongs, instead of 2017. This book feels more like the wet dream of someone who was disappointed that the Russians never did come through the Fulda Gap and decided to write this book to resurrect glory day dreams. This book is not a Team Yankee or a Red Storm Rising, and it is kinda demeaning to compare it to those works.
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The author is right when he tells us in the forward to follow the story, not necessarily the tactics and weapons system. To ignore the use of field artillery, either by the Russians/Warsaw Pact or the NATO stretches belief. Russian/Soviet doctrine relies heavily on the use of artillery bombardment to soften up FLOT units such as the Cav platoon mentioned so that armor is not bogged down. On the other side, MRLS artillery systems, organic to US and other NATO units, would have made mince meat of massing armor channeled in the valleys along the frontier. I guess if you are like 92% of Americans who have not served in the Armed Forces, the story sounds plausible.
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