Mr Heppner has created a future world which seems reasonable, consistent within its basic premises and hence credible. In it a new glacial age has ch..Show More »anged weather patterns making food far more scarce, petrochemicals far more important and the world a far more dangerous place. China, after years of military build-up, has become both rich from trade and a major military power and has consequently become expansive. America, after years of trade deficits and unbalanced budgets, has become much weaker, much less resolute and shorn of its military alliances. Facing a weakened and irresolute America, China has decided to seize the Alaskan oil reserves by force and thus starts a war between the two countries.
In addition to a logical and credible world situation Mr Heppner has also created a set of characters, American, Chinese and Canadian who are interesting, have reasonable back-stories, and react as normal people thrust into their situation might well react. They are not all admirable, but they are all believable and none are so superior as to make the situations unreasonable. While fiction, the book has the feel of a narration of real events involving real people making real decisions about real life situations and thus is a very pleasant alternative to the normal set of super-human secret agents, all-knowing detectives, mindless zombies and super-duper ninja-like fighters one often finds in current suspense novels. These people make both good and bad decisions, both succeed and fail, both live and die. I found the book so interesting and believable that I decided that I would buy the second book in the series. This may be military fiction but it is not made up of battle following battle but rather is a meld of the personal, political and military and this promises to be a very interesting series. The narration is excellent, the story both interesting and credible and it is not hard seeing the events as real-life news headlines.
Normally part two is at best mediocre, but V.H. did not disappoint. I enjoyed the Preface, he calls this a “What If” story. The parallels to today’s..Show More » geopolitical events are a bit to close to shrug off. The best fiction always has some reality to it. If you could package adrenaline, ass-kicking, and patriotism into a book, then this is the one. I dinged this book by one star on the story catagory. I did this because he ends this on to much of a cliff hanger, and I hate that. Waiting for book three.
After the slow and steady climax of the story of the first two books, it was a no brainier to purchase this book. This book is the best one yet. ..Show More » The Chinese have invaded, and easily gained much territory across the Rio Grande. Each battle is a slug fest, with no clear idea of who will be a winner at the end. Both Chinese and American forces have new secret weapons.
I am guessing there will be a 4th book in the series, with new characters and new enemies, but we will have to wait and see.
This book ranks in my top five - it is believable, the characters are relatable, has suspense is bucketloads. The technology described in this book...Show More »...I would not be surprised if this is in the works in the next 20 years, scary.