Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America (or UCSA), comprising the former USA, Canada, and Mexico, is running smoothly: unemployment has been all but eradicated, terrorism is quashed in the country, and internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most people thank President Meyers for this. Many can no longer remember when there was last an election, but as long as he keeps the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad ("Fire War"), this seems a small price to pay.
Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is the model Marine: highly trained, absolutely efficient, and unquestioningly dedicated to his country. The only thing he can conceive of putting before his nation is his family: his wife, Courtney, and two daughters, Maya and MacKenzie. Conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers, he begins to get glimpses that not everyone is as content with the current situation as he is, but attributes this to terrorist agitation and fringe lunacy. When his older daughter, Maya, begins to question the creeping erosion of personal liberties and the revoking of democratic rights, however, he begins to fear for her safety, as well as his own and that of his family.
In a climate in which entire families disappear due to minor offenses, one can't be too careful. The tensions between liberty and safety, between family and country, will force Jackson to rethink all his beliefs, and lead to a collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving. Fire War is a suspenseful, gripping, and unnerving examination of the paradoxes of power, the price of liberty, and the dictates of conscience. The world you live in will never look the same again.
©2015 Todd M. Thiede (P)2015 Todd M. Thiede
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Fire War is about the United States in the near future – about 40-50 years or so into the future. Terror has run rampant and many people are killed in the name of terror. Something needs to be done, and something will be done. Follow Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson on his missions as a Marine to train and protect. Along the way, things get muddled up and he must choose between what he thinks is right and what he has come to see along his journey.
Narration for Fire War was done by Patrick Freeman – this was my first book narrated by Freeman and I really enjoyed it. His pacing and enunciation were really great. Only a few times did I think he said a word wrong (but in reality, it could be a location/colloquialism issue more than pronunciation). The production quality was perfect with no issues at all.
So, my first thoughts were “I wonder what I’m getting into” and once I got further into the story I quickly realized that this book was right up my alley. With roots in many of my favorite dystopian's of the past, Fire War should be a must read for teenage year students (like I believe 1984 and the likes should be too). I found myself drawing parallels to 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World while I dug deeper and deeper into this story. But it was done in a new and different way. And in my eyes, that’s pretty amazing.
T.T. Michael’s writing style mixed with Freeman’s narration were a win-win for me with this book. It was fast-paced without feeling like it skipped over details. It had details without being bogged down. A nice and neat book full of “what ifs.” A few times I was worried that the book would dive deeper into a warning against certain things we are doing now, but it was far enough in the future that it didn’t feel preachy. But it has roots in some things that are happening today (or will likely happen in the near future).
Overall, a great read for those who like old-school dystopians like I discussed above. I’m not sure if Michael has a plan for more books, but I’m definitely intrigued.
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This was my first audio book and will definitely not be my last! I think the author does a great job telling a story about how fear can turn into mob rule and allow freedoms to be revoked, something that is very relevant to today. His writing style reminded me of Michael Crichton in Andromeda Strain. I can't wait for the 2nd book, it was a real cliff hanger.
The narrator does an excellent job in his performance, he really made the story come alive. I particularly liked his pronunciation how he differentiated the different character's voices. Because he was so clear, once I got use to listening to a book being read to me, I was able to speed it up to 2x the speed.
Thank you for such great entertainment....definitely 5 stars.
This book draws you in with a fast start.
And between the author and narrator keep you entertained until the end...
The book is like 1984 almost 100 years in the future.... But this book is not a futurist look of what could be but what might happen with politics and government..
As l kept saying to myself as the booked moved on, chapter after chapter, that's plausible --- that might happen... And thru out the story being and building on what was already laid as a foundation----as far as government policies ---- the author does a real nice job making u think of what is to come.
I also would give a thumbs up to Patrick Freeman, narrator, he does a great job with the different characters and pace of the book.
Sometimes a narrator can elevate a book---Patrick does just that in this book.
I can't wait for the next book😀
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