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The Red Line Audiobook

The Red Line

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Publisher's Summary

"Delta-Two, I've got tanks through the wire! They're everywhere!"

World War III explodes in seconds when a resurgent Russian federation launches a deadly armored thrust into the heart of Germany. With a powerful blizzard providing cover, Russian tanks thunder down the autobahns while specially trained Spetsnaz teams strike at vulnerable command points.

Standing against them are the woefully undermanned American forces. What they lack in numbers, they make up for in superior weapons and training. But before the sun rises, they are on the run across a smoking battlefield crowded with corpses.

Any slim hope for victory rests with one unlikely hero. Army Staff Sergeant George O'Neill, a communications specialist, may be able to reestablish links that have been severed by hostile forces, but that will take time. While he works, it's up to hundreds of individual American soldiers to hold back the enemy flood.

There's one thing that's certain: The thin line between victory and defeat is also the red line between life and death.

©2017 Walt Gragg (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Nicholas Horianopoulos, Frederick, Colorado 05-15-17
    Nicholas Horianopoulos, Frederick, Colorado 05-15-17

    Customers come FIRST.

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    "Awful... just awful, and in SO many ways."

    A bad tale, quite poorly executed. Wildly unrealistic and inaccurate prose by someone who has only fleeting experience with military operations, and even less with how military personnel speak with one another. Numerous and distracting technical problems. Flagrantly silly plot holes that you could drive an M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank through. The whole work is a sorry affair. Listeners, you've been warned!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B Daigle Louisiana 08-02-17
    B Daigle Louisiana 08-02-17 Member Since 2006
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    "As believable as the Easter Bunny eating bratwurst"

    Honestly, I'm not finished with this book only about 3 hours into it, but so far it sucks.

    The backstory is rather lame. It is about as believable as the Count and Bert teaming up to take over Seasame Street. Actually, that would be more believable.

    In a nut shell, this book is set in the near future. Not sure how near, since they are holding "SALT VI" talks (in reality SALT II was held in 1979 and never ratified, it was superseded by the START I and START II and the New START talks). It may be in the next few years, since the combatants are using a good bit of present day equipment, like T-80 and T-90 tanks, but not using the T-14 that the Russians are introducing now. Oh, and they are still using T-62 tanks that the Russians stopped using about 20 years ago.

    The setting for this book seems to be a hodgepodge construction taken directly from the mind of kid who got a 'D-' in 20th century history because he sat in the back of each lecture snorting bath salts and/or meth. So, in this universe Germany is back to being divided between East and West, with sectors occupied by the US, British, Soviets, and maybe the French (or the Canadians, possibly French Canadians). Yeah, I know, Germany has been unified and unoccupied since 1990. Anyway, who cares because the Nazis are back in power. Yes, the Nazis.

    Outside of Germany this time traveler's buffet persists. Apparently the Warsaw Pact did dissolve (just like it did in 1991), and the Czech Republic was formed (just like it did in 1993), but the gang has got back together. The Warsaw Pact is back, I guess all of its members quit NATO, but I think that I must have blanked out on that part. Oh, and the Russians are communists again and are called Soviets again. Yeah, I know, the Russians as Soviets in the modern day using T-90 tanks that weren't introduced until 2-3 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But who cares about details, the Nazis are back and on our side.

    Ok, so if you are a better person than me and can beat down that little voice from your hind brain that keeps screaming "WTF!!!!" and listen to the rest of the story, that sucks too. The characters are pretty unbelievable. The scenario is pretty unbelievable. The dialogue between the characters, yeah, can't believe that either...it is pretty stiff. And the narrative...it seems to have been written with with a thesaurus in one hand with the other hand free to pick at the keys. It takes at least 90 words to move the story two words forward.

    The narrator does an okish job, but he really does not have much to work with.

    So far what I'm liking best about this book is that is really is a sleeper. Seriously, I set my iPhone on the bedside table, set the sleep timer, and so it is nappy time. This is better than Ambien. The only distraction is that voice in my hind brain that keeps screaming "WTF!!!" but after a bit the voice just starts to cry and sob and that is pretty soothing too.

    Truthfully, I think that this might have been a good book if it was written in 1987, where it belongs, instead of 2017. This book feels more like the wet dream of someone who was disappointed that the Russians never did come through the Fulda Gap and decided to write this book to resurrect glory day dreams. This book is not a Team Yankee or a Red Storm Rising, and it is kinda demeaning to compare it to those works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damon 08-05-17
    Damon 08-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining...not very logical progression."

    ENJOYed the book and tactical elements. macro story involving nuclear weapons lacked real believability as well as international reaction.

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    john d 07-13-17
    john d 07-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Quick paced"

    Quick paced yes, but needed a bit more flesh on the bones of the story. Actually I believe it should be 3 1/2 stars. But not up to the skill of a John Ringo or David Weber.

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    Thomas Richmond, Vatican City State (Holy See) 06-18-17
    Thomas Richmond, Vatican City State (Holy See) 06-18-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Story OK, Tactics BS"
    Any additional comments?

    The author is right when he tells us in the forward to follow the story, not necessarily the tactics and weapons system. To ignore the use of field artillery, either by the Russians/Warsaw Pact or the NATO stretches belief. Russian/Soviet doctrine relies heavily on the use of artillery bombardment to soften up FLOT units such as the Cav platoon mentioned so that armor is not bogged down. On the other side, MRLS artillery systems, organic to US and other NATO units, would have made mince meat of massing armor channeled in the valleys along the frontier. I guess if you are like 92% of Americans who have not served in the Armed Forces, the story sounds plausible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michel 06-10-17
    Michel 06-10-17

    I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.

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    "Good but not great - some spoilers ahead"

    I enjoy WW3 stories and their sometimes complex what if scenarios. The Red Line is no different but takes some giant leaps of 'what if' in order to make it to WW3.

    The good:
    Value for your credit - 17 1/2 hours of story.
    Despite it's many small flaws, the overall story is entertaining.

    The bad:
    I do not have a problem with far out scenarios but this story fails to properly build up to these. Very little time is given to, for example, make the current Germany fall back into a Nazi state or why the United States fails to retaliate after a tactical nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. To me these are not deal breakers but they did make me scratch my head and think how unrealistic the story was getting at this point.

    My other main issue was the over dramatization in certain parts of the story. This was mostly the case in characters who knew they were about to die. To me that just didn't fit into the general flow of the story. For example, a heated tank battle is raging and in the middle of this the author takes about a minute break describing the last moments of a single soldier. Think a Kung Fu movie with certain parts in extreme slow mo!

    Final thoughts:
    I do not regret buying this book. If this was Walt Gragg's first attempt at a WW3 story, it was certainly a good try. I would encourage him to read the reviews and give it another shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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