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In the not-too-distant future, the United States loses its status as a world Superpower. With the military cut to a barebones level and American leaders focused solely on the nation's internal struggles, the door will open for new powers to emerge on the world stage. In the wake of this power vacuum, China and Russia begin to flex their military muscles and expand their dominance in the world. They have the most up-to-date technological innovations ready for battle: railguns, unmanned drone tank vehicles, exoskeleton suits, and cyber warfare. 

Setting the Stage: The border of India and Pakistan has long been one of the planet's most precarious ticking time bombs waiting to explode, and when a scheme to agitate the tensions in that region is successful, it paves the way for powerful men to begin consolidating authority and start building an Islamic Caliphate. Extremists move from random attacks of violence to plots to take control of positions of political influence. America's usual ally against aggression, Europe, is weakened by economic decline; the U.S is facing this new threat without backup. 

In these hazardous times, America will need strong guidance. Henry Stein, a new kind of leader, builds a new political party to lead the charge to bring the country back from the brink. His unconventional style is just what the U.S. needs in order to deal with the changing world balance of power and a worldwide Great Depression. As conflicts near and far began to plague the planet, will President Stein be able to prevent a third world war?

©2015 Joshua Steinhauer (P)2017 Joshua Steinhauer

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Prelude to World War III

What did you love best about Prelude to World War III?

The book makes you think, worry and be relieved that the book is fiction. Then it made me worry again because terrorist attacks are real these days. I came to the realization that the stage has already been set ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Stein was my favorite character; I deemed him the good guy.

What does Alex Hyde-White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was a perfect fit for this book. I think his reading made the drama in this book pop a little more.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I live in New York so the last scene really moved me. A lot of scenes made me shake my head in disbelief but when home is hit, fiction feels real.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book I received for free in exchange for an honest review. As the title suggests, the premise is quite disturbing, however the book worked and is pretty good. It jarred me to think about what could happen in the future and it made me happy that it has not happen yet. I plan on listening again.

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Skip this one

I listen to a lot of alt history and post apocalypse-type fiction and was very excited when I read the description. This book did not meet expectations. It is plodding and poorly researched to the point of being corny. The recycling of political names for characters is downright silly. To cap it all off, the performer’s attempted accents and inflection are atrocious.

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Way to much details. Story drags.

This book is what it says it is ... prelude. This book goes into the political details of the coming WWIII. Normally this would be a couple of chapters in a book. Not so with this series, the author what you to be absolutely clear on every country stance and views. This becomes annoying and drags on. However the topic fits my wheelhouse thus I gave it a 3 when I would expect most to return it.

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good book

if you are from a red state you may like this book. if you are from a blue state you may or may not like this book. if you like alternate/ future modern war books you will love it.

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Best book this year

A great read and very believable. Didn't want to put down. For fans of Tom Clancy this reads like his WW III book.

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what a great book

Thos book is really an eye opener for the adverage reader. so many of these things seems to be happening even now in subtle ways. I thoroughly enjoyed this book hated putting it down everyday. I hope one day we have a president that is equally as Brave as the one in this book

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Very well written story!

This book is a great start to a series that I can't wait to dive into. Very well written and performed.

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not a far fetch

pulls you right in with close to home name drops. not a far fetch from todays reality and rising tensions we will probably beat his mark by 15 years.

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great for some

this book has a lot of military lingo and strategy, it was like a blanket over all of ww111, I was hoping for more of a personal story, following a single person or few people, having to deal with the war on a personal level. but I can see how some would really love this book.

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good read

loved it. can't wait for the next book. really think that this is a future to come