Great read for military buffs. Terrific depiction of tanker life both in peacetime and war. Heartstopping action and accurately described armor action in the very topical setting of Korea. First of a trilogy and books 2 & 3 just keep ramping up the action and drama of life and death for the well fleshed out characters who crew these amazing engines of war. Not for the faint of heart. Written in 2005 , these events could unfold for real before the reader finishes the 3 book arc.