MEN ARE MEN This hit my wish list the day it was offered. For years I have wondered why more authors have not explored China and China as a number..Show More » one military power. It almost seems taboo to consider the possibility. Few have considered an attack from them would include boots on the ground. Their population is their biggest weapon. Heppner did a great job exploring this possibility. He included their desire to own Taiwan. Few people probably knew that Siberia was once part of China. With World History being cut out of High School Education, we are going to need more people like Heppner to educate us. If you have read Gavin Menzies, you will most likely enjoy this. Conservatives who are worried about what happens when we cut back our military will like this. Liberals who are worried about our environment will like this. There is a lot of military techno talk and that usually turns me off, but I enjoyed it in this book. Some battle scenes go on for a long time.
IT WASN'T AUTHORITY THAT PAUL HAD DIFFICULTIES WITH, IT WAS AHOLES. Are the characters, card board cutouts? Mostly yes, but they are not that important to the story. I did enjoy Paul, who is an ex-marine who got an dishonorable discharge. I could relate to his problems due to opening his mouth too much and I DON'T KNOW HOW TO KISS A. I enjoyed the parts involving the Chairman. I was intrigued by the politics and the troubles caused by a nation without enough women. I loved the parts involving drones and their operators. I will be following this series.
I gave the narrator five stars, but he is not a top tier narrator. I did not feel he took anything away from the story, but he did not add to it either. I can not see how he could upset anybody. A lot people complain about narrators who dramatize to much, no worries here.
RATIONALIZING BEINGS. I think what I like most about Heppner is his political incorrectness. While other authors are jumping on the global warming..Show More » band wagon, VH is talking about global cooling. While other authors are rehashing the old cold war with Russia, or fighting aliens or wondering off into alternate histories, VH is asking What If, about something that could actually happen. My history teachers in high school often talked about every war we ever enter was a surprise to us and we were never prepared. I assume it will be the same for WW 3.
Are you Lactose Intolerant? If so, you may want to stay away from this series. Keep in mind as I tear this apart, I gave it five stars on all fronts. I lost count on how many times Paul said, that it didn't matter cause he was about to die. It may have happened in every chapter. IT WAS GOOD TO DIE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, THIS WAS IT, IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME, etc... The cheese in this book is very thick, if included in the movie, would make it a B for sure. A research assistant ends up making most of the war strategy for the U.S. The generals are just too stupid. An Assassin hired to kill Paul, warns him ahead of time that he is going to kill him. Of course they become great buds. That being said, I did like Romo, Paul's new side kick, especially since Paul is less hot headed and becoming more legit, then book one. There is a lot of military tech in this and less politics. While I dislike politics on imaginary worlds, I love it on the world I live in.
You do not have to read book one to understand or enjoy this. I liked book one just a little better, but if this is on sale, get it. If not on sale, get book one.
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.