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Texas-Israeli War: 1999 Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1978

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 12, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345277368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345277367
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Waldrop, born in Mississippi and now living in Austin, Texas, is an American iconoclast. His highly original books include Them Bones and A Dozen Tough Jobs, and the collections All About Strange Monsters of the Recent Past, Night of the Cooters, and Going Home Again. He won the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards for his novelette "The Ugly Chickens." George R.R. Martin is the author of the bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. His fiction has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award, Stoker, and Locus Awards. He worked on the TV shows The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maximillian Ben Hanan on May 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A friend who knows that I research the Arab-Israeli conflict recommended this fun little Sci-fi novel and I'm very glad she did. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It was very nice light entertainment.
Jake Saunders and Howard Waldrop, the authors, have fashioned an extremely entertaining post-holocaust action novel in the rebellious remnants of the United States. It's obvious that both spent a lot of time reading and researching before the novel was written because there a quite a few disparate elements successfully rolled together in this light entertaining novel. Among the elements are: Wild West Texas Rangers cowboy story elements, an interest in the Arab-Israeli wars, an interest in W.W.II military hardware, an interest in Cold War politics, and probably, above all else, a projected post-nuclear Armageddon scenario.
The novel was written in 1974 and parts of the novel cobbled together into a novelette previously appeared in Galaxy Magazine in July, 1973. This story was probably written during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and probably the authors drew much inspiration from what appeared in the newspapers, magazine, and other media of the time.
The authors built an alternate history in which 1992 a limited nuclear exchange and widespread use of biological and chemical weapons has killed nine out of every ten people in the world. The two coalitions were a Chinese-Irish-Afrikaaner versus a Russo-British coalition that eventually allies with the United States. Europe waffles and is mostly destroyed in the crossfire. The Israelis stood neutral and their sworn Arab enemies attacked Israel, but with little result. Egyptians bombers managed to hit Tel Aviv, but after that brief attack, the Arab world was all but destroyed by Israeli military might.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John J. Rust on September 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Saunders and Waldrop definitely get a "A" for imagiation on this book. When a nuclear war wipes out a good chunk of Earth's population, Israel is relatively untouched and helps America fight its wars in exchange for a place to live. Now a group of Israeli and American soldiers face a tough challenge. Rescue the kidnapped President of the United States from Texas, which has seceded from the Union.
It's a quick read with OK character development and decent action. I really liked the laser-armed Israeli Centurion tanks duking it out with a Texas heavy cruiser. Also, a first-rate job by the authors bringing out the harshness, and hopelessness, of a post-apocalypse world, from contaminated farmland to cities no longer maintained. The characters in many instances are torn between their dreams for life after fighting, then wonder if they will live long enough to see them or if they can even make a life in this miserable world. Some really good scenes when the Israelis ad Americans infiltrate the Texan compound. They learn of the conflict between the regular Texan Army and the fanatical faction called the Sons of the Alamo. One great aspect was the Israeli commander's view of one Texan general who comes off as an honorable warrior, leading the Israeli to dislike the idea that he may have to kill him in order to complete his mission.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on January 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the, um, 1999...England will be attacked by Ireland with bombs full of LSD; the UK's leaders will go insane and drop nukes on several countries; other countries will drop nukes on still other countries; the US will get dragged into it; chemical and biological weapons will be launched at nearly every country in the planet; nine tenths of the earth's population will die; Texas will secede from the US; and a new Civil War will be fought between the Union and the Republic of Texas, with the Union using hired Israeli troops for much of the fighting.

It's going to be interesting.

Especially, since on top of all of that, Texas will kidnap the US President, the Vice President will go crazy with power, and Israeli troops will be forced to go undercover to get the President back--along the way, fighting against Texas and going against the orders of the power-crazed VP.

That's the story told here, and it's an interesting one. If it weren't set in a projected future (1999, theorized from 1973 and 1974), if the tanks didn't have lasers in it, and if we hadn't already sent a manned expedition to Mars (which WE SHOULD HAVE DONE ALREADY), the story wouldn't really be sci-fi, more of a military novel, almost like something by Tom Clancy. It's really grounded, though it does have a little fun with giant, mutated roaches.

It's a pretty decent, fast-paced read, though it often resorts to telling instead of showing, frequently uses passive voice instead of active, and sometimes lapses into bits of seemingly lazy racism--for instance, referring to one character once as "the black."

The story is a cool idea though, and anyone familiar with Texas, Lousiana, or New Mexico will find an interesting future proposed here for their states. Also for Pittsburgh, PA, which becomes the new DC.

Check it out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donny Maze on July 15, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I come back to this one again and again, it's one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid. Regarding Glen's review:

If you look for flaws in anything, you will find them.

If you accept a story for what it is, you can relax and enjoy it.
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