A very interesting story! The premise is that China decides to use its massive population and resources to conquer the world, starting with Korea, Japan, India, etc. A complacent U.S. waits too long to start a military buildup, resulting in a Chinese invasion of the U.S. mainland in the Gulf of Mexico states (launched from cooperative Cuba) plus the West Coast (San Diego). Both the U.S. and China decline to use nuclear weapons (similar to the Korean War), so the war is fought with conventional weapons.
The book starts a bit slow, but once the invasion commences, the action is non-stop. Difficult to put the book down! A very good read.
This book is one which was hard to get into at the beginning. I remember reading a review before I ordered it where someone said she stopped around page 70, not able to get into it. I understand why. It was tedious, and mundane things to begin with, but as the war began, the action went full blast. I am glad I stuck with it, as I became enamoured with Steph, the President's daughter, Animal, John, Han, Wu, Clarrisa, and all the other "main" characters. It was a great book overall, but in the end left you wanting a lot more. I hope Mr. Harry writes a sequel, as there is so much more that I want to know, and have a number of questions I want answered.
Eric Harry is a master of the global war novel, but this time he doesn't take us to Russia or Korea. This time the battles take place on U.S. soil as the Chinese invade the Gulf Coast and work their way north to Washington, DC. The book focuses on a female infantryman who also happens to be the estranged daughter of the President, but there are plenty of other characters, both American and Chinese, that allow Harry to keep the action moving on mutiple fronts as well. Plenty of military details but also well-drawn characters to keep things on a human level. Harry's fans won't be disappointed and those new to his books will reach out for Arc Light and Protect & Defend as quick as they can
I absolutely LOVED this one! I'm really hoping there is a sequel to this book! Basically the book tells a alternate-future story about what happens if China invades not only it's neighbors, but Europe and then America! It tells the story from both sides of the conflict and leads to a believable conclusion! this book ROCKED!
The book centers on little Stephie Roberts, fresh out of High School, drafted into the U.S. Army to repel the Chinese invasion of the United States.
Battle field descriptions of Stephie's war making, actually ring true. Soldier language and infantry tactics did put me in the midst (mist?) of the fighting. Since the invasion occurs in the future, the tactical and strategic weaponry are futuristic and plausible. But the background plots of the American and Chinese leadership that intertwine with Stephie's personal life is implausible. Though implausible, it wasn't distracting, because it was surreal. Would Salvador Dali's melting clocks be a distraction?
This book is a fast read that would quickly pass the time if you're stranded at the airport or waiting in the unemployment line.
Mr. Harry may be a fine novelist, and may even have some awareness of U.S. military forces, but the man has no clue when it comes to American history if he believes no foreign army has ever set foot on American soil. War of 1812? Battle of New Orleans? Fort McHenry and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner? Any of this ring any bells?