Shocking scenes of battle, unforgettable soldiers, heartbreaking betrayals. In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land. The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape. Hi-tech weaponry is useless and primitive hatreds flare.
Lt. Gen. Gary Flintlock Harris and his courageous warriors struggle for Americas survival - with ruthless enemies to their front and treachery at their rear. Islamist fanatics, crusading Christians, and unscrupulous politicians open the door to genocide.
The War After Armageddon thrusts the listener into a terrifying future in which all that remains is the horror of war - and the inspiration of individual heroism. A master at bringing to life the eternal soldier, Ralph Peters tells a riveting tale that honors those Americans who fight and sacrifice all for a dream of freedom.
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"Compelling characters, thrilling small-unit battle scenes and the terrifying possibility that it could all come true make this a must read." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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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I can't overstate this the book was awesome the only part that sucked is the ending is a bit sad.
Narrator was good and I found the story compelling..if not a bit creepy. The story itself is a bit unsettling probably because one could imagine our current strife in the Middle East unfolding in such a manner. I also found the United States' internal division quite interesting (if not a bit paranoid) in light of our response to the attacks on September 11. I could imagine a similarly amplified response to the tragedies unleashed in this story.
Worth a credit in my humble opinion.
Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.
If you like nightmares don't bother with Freddy Krueger ("A Nightmare on Elm Street "). Instead listen this tale of religious fanatics doing their best to drag the world back to the dark ages. The first couple of minutes left me wondering if I had bought a story that was going to extoll the virtues of religion. But as the story unfolds you realize that the devoutly religious are not the heroes. If this book doesn't make you actively work to marginalize the likes of John Hagee, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum then you had better be comfortable with the idea of being killed because you were declared a witch by others in your community.
I have seen Peters on Fox a number of times and find him credible but the premise for this book is not. The idea that evangelicals in the military would usurp the armed services and the government is so nutty I can't suspend belief. Perhaps if the crusades had happened 100 years ago rather than 800 years ago, it would be different. As it stands, Peters spends an inordinate amount of time developing a premise that is laughable. A 3 for decent war description.
What is strange this could could be our further extremes ours or their's will destroy us all. The book seems like it is right of todays headlines. Ambition in the military allied with politics or religion is a great premiss in fiction and check history how manta times have it brought down empires. Read and enjoy a great book I done so three times already
The book was well worth listening to. While it was a story of war, it was also a peek into a possible future with divided loyalties and enemies not just on the side you are actually fighting.
Being optimistic in nature I would like to have seen General Harris live and come out the hero, but realistically speaking it really wasn't in the cards... he was dealt a tough hand and bigger things were at work.. Still it was enjoyable
I like the showdown with General Harris and his counterpart General Mumford. I could see it playing out in my head... a Classic!
continue to vote and ensure the reasonable people represent us, support my moderately conservative candidates. Anything in excess cannot be a good thing
I recommend this book to my friends.
I quite enjoy Ralph Peters. This story is well thought out (at least until the end), plausible and down right frightening. Unfortunately, this is not a story with a happy ending. In fact, the ending is quite abrupt and leaves the reader in a bit of shock. Listen at your own peril.
I probably shouldn’t write this review because I never finished the book. I hate reading other reviews from people who do the same because I believe they are judging from too narrow of a perspective. Maybe their attention wasn’t focused or maybe they had a grudge against the narrator. Maybe they felt the book wasn’t what it presented itself to be and didn’t want to waste any more time. I don’t know.
As for me, I like Ralph Peters, especially when I see him interviewed on TV. This book has all the elements that I would like: apocalyptic events, a conservative viewpoint, action and thematic elements taken from actual current events. However, I just got bored with it. I started listening to it when I got in my car heading on a long trip by myself. About 4 hours in I gave up. I didn’t feel connected to the story or characters at all. Sorry Ralph.
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