The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.
Ghost Fleet is unique in that every piece of technology featured in the novel already exists or is in the works. Peter W. Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the US Department of Defense and FBI. August Cole is a journalist and writer specializing in national security issues and is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project.
©2015 P.W. Singer and August Cole (P)2015 Recorded Books
When I bought this book I expected a somewhat standard World War III novel and was pleasantly surprised to find that this book was much more interesting and complex than I expected. I found almost everything about this book to be a surprise from the first death of the war (which took place on the International Space Station, of all places) to the action at the end of the book. In between I found a book full of interesting characters, unexpected acts and an unplanned resistance to occupation.
Much of how this book played out was unusual. For example the start of the book covers the initial actions that start the war and the reader might well expect descriptions of how the war progressed, but finds instead that the book moves immediately to a world in which part of the US is occupied, NATO has dissolved itself so US allies would not have to actually provide any help to the US and very little organized military action by the US has taken place. Instead the US finds itself having to resist in the way the occupied have resisted for all of recorded history - guerrilla action - and with a very disorganized and ad hoc fashion.
There are many parallel story lines, many of which seem to have no real start and no real end, and we are treated to isolated and uncoordinated resistance to the Chinese who are occupying Hawaii. Added to this is the interesting conflict between the Russian advisors and the Chinese Army, each of which has its own idea of how the occupation should proceed. Even at the end, where military action does take place, it does not follow the pattern that most people would expect and there are many surprises when the loose ends are finally tied up at the conclusion. This book could easily have been a series since so much ground could have been covered, but the book is complete as it is.
The narration is quite good and well suited to the contents of the book. All in all a very nice, if a bit different, World War III story. While not great literature it is a pleasant find. While the book is complete the one thing I would have liked to have seen was an epilogue covering the political results of most (but not all) of the US allies deserting the US. While not strictly part of this book it would have been an interesting read.
You just hope that someone is paying attention to the possibilities of current technology becoming a weapon pointed at us. This was a great listen. Well performed. Fast-paced and riveting. Memorable characters. A lot of possible scenarios were not played out but there's only so much you can cram into one techno-thriller.
Very well written and exciting. Reminded me of Tom Clancy before he got rich and lazy. Those this book is better written than the ones Clancy did.
I do not know if it's the story itself or just the reader than has turned me off from this story. The only difference in the readers voice for different characters is he tries to sound a little deeper for certain male characters. Very very difficult for me to follow. I am also used to Tom Clancy stories so I am not sure if I have my expectations to high or if the readers voice just cause me to feel like I miss entire chapters. Maybe I'll try actually reading the book instead. I recommend others try that.
2nd time through it and I loved the details and the corosponding elements. it's not only the shoot'm up war story there's a human element to this book as well.
Ghost Fleet brought you into each scene with great detail. I was not in the military, but it was great to imagine what they go through and it was so well depicted. This book really made you think what the future could bring and the future shown is both scary and exciting. I think the technology is coming faster than most people realize. Would definitely recommend this to a friend. I actually just purchased 10 copies to give as gifts!
The narration wasn't bad but the story itself is very disappointing for three main reasons:
1- the stereotypical dialogue found throughout the novel would make John Wayne cringe. The characters are equally shallow and uninteresting.
2-the author's technocratic outlook of the future feels very forced in its' description and given the proximity of the events to the present day, also very unrealistic.
3- the overall plot and sub-plots are extremely shallow and while some of the plot is clever, a great deal more demonstrates about as much depth in strategic thinking as goes into the premise for a Call of Duty video game.
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