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The premise of this book is completely wrong
on October 20, 2011
I'm slowly learning that when there are less than ten reviews of a book to take them with a grain of salt. After all, everyone has at least ten friends that could write a review. This book is nothing more than a long, drawn out war story in which the American's seldom lose. However, the author completely ignores some very important facts.
It starts with a massive EMP attack on the US but somehow, communications and even travel are restored relatively quickly and the US soon learns that North Korea is the instigator of the attack. So, how do we retaliate? By re-commissioning warships that are decades old and sending them into battle against North Korea. But wait a minute, at least half the US fleet was at sea, presumably out of the range of the EMP but somehow, we can't use our carriers and their air wings to fight the enemy, we have to do it the old fashioned way with battleships and destroyers and car carriers as landing craft. And even if the entire naval surface fleet was damaged, the subs would all still be operational.
In reality we would have surfaced a couple of subs off the coast, peppered it with cruise missiles and if that didn't discourage the North Koreans, used some nuclear armed missiles from the same sub and obliterated the leadership of the enemy. And even if we didn't want to go nuclear (remember, they used 80 nuclear weapons against the US), an aircraft carrier parked off the coast would have destroyed their weak airforce and carpet bombed the heck out of them and the whole thing would have been over in days.
Why we would spend all the money and time bringing old ships back on line has more to do with the author's love of old naval hardware than a proper premise for this book. While the writing style is decent, the story line is so implausible that even suspending disbelief makes it hard to like this book. Does anyone really think we would have a kill ratio of 100:1 in our favor when operating on foreign soil with limited supplies and munitions? And yet the well armed and equipped North Koreans, who have planned the attack for months, are falling like flies in the face of a retreating US force in South Korea.
To those that loved the book, glad you did. To those that haven't bought it yet even the free sample isn't helpful because it covers the actual attack nuclear attack against the US which is pretty interesting and well written. However, thirty pages after the end of the sample, it all fell apart for me and I absolutely struggled to finish this book, more because I hate wasting money that because there was anything left worth reading.