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I had originally expected this book to be something like a Stephen King book - some war and a lot of back story about the people involved, their relationship to each other and some idea how the war began. Sort of a short version of "The Stand" with combat. But this book was quite different. In fact, to me, this book seemed like a 3 part Greek tragedy.
The first part of the book, aside from some short disjointed back-story, was all war action and I seriously thought of titling this review "All War - All The Time". Generals ordering movements, mid-level officers trying to comply and soldiers fighting and dying. I almost gave up on it because I am not a fan of this kind of war book, but I hung on and found, by the second part, that I had become interested enough in the fate of some of the soldiers (and the conclusion to the war) to want to finish it. And, by the third part, the book had me completely in its grip and I had a hard time both listening and putting it down.
As I have suggested, this is not an easy book to read. There are characters heading toward them doom and knowing that they are doing so. There are some stunning surprises and some heart-breaking events. And an ending that is both expected and surprising. Unlike most of the books I read this one will stay with me for some time. The true horror is that it is easy to see something like this really happening and that is truly frightening.
The author clearly knows both how to write and what combat must be like. If I can screw up the courage I will probably read another of his books. I recommend this book for those who can survive reading a Greek tragedy.
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This book is written as a memoir of a war. As you've probably read in the the publication summary you've seen that this seems to be a "hot button" type of book. What I found instead is a story of a future war that due to jamming technology is fought very much like the Korean War or Vietnam. The style of writing is similar to authors like John Ringo or David Weber. What I most enjoyed was that while this story uses some uses a very "delicate" setting, after listening you come away with that it was only a story. You don't feel like you just read a political manifesto or preachy sermon in disguise as a book. The battle scenes are quite action packed without being over the top. The narration was fine and the narrator does a good job of changes voices when changes characters as the war is described from the vantage point of multiple characters. I think after this book, I will put in content request for more of Ralph Peters works. If you like John Ringo, David Weber, Travis S. Taylor, Jack Campbell, John Scalazi military fiction then you will probably enjoy this book. Harry Turtledove this is not.
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