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The Third World War (Future History Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Humphrey Hawksley
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

THE THIRD WORLD WAR tells the story of four world leaders pitted against the raw power of failing states. A Russian president who needs to rein in his ambitious generals; an Indian prime minister experienced in the lethal consequences of the wrong decision; a Chinese president faced with competing forces within his country; and, in the White House, a man who tries to make peace with those who only want catastrophe.

Flashpoint One - Pakistan; Flashpoint Two - North Korea

The opening stages are more confusing and terrible than those in any war in history. A terror attack on the Indian parliament kills hundreds. Hours later a North Korean missile hits a US military base in Japan. As the next few days unfold, those once counted as allies become enemies, and the comfortable lives of citizens in modern societies verge of physical and emotional collapse.

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"A gripping story, told with great imagination, but also with the knowledge and authority that one rarely sees in thrillers."


"A gripping story, told with great imagination, but also with the knowledge and authority that one rarely sees in thrillers."

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  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan UK; 2 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CXT84I
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the same Hawksley!? March 29, 2006
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Have to admit, I wrote a scathing review for Dragon Strike and with good reason, it had a lot of techinal mistakes, and was a dry read overall.

So with a bit of trepidation, I picked up The Third World War. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. This book is up there with the best efforts of Clancy (Red October, Red Storm Rising) and Bond (Red Phoenix, Cauldron).

It has been a few months since I read it, and I was so moved by the story I was going to write a review then, but put it off until now.

Even though the story is not fresh in my mind, I can say that I was literally riveted all the way throughout, and the mistakes that plagued Dragon Strike were not present at all.

The story is gripping, and disturbing, from beginning to end. You are pulled right in as we globe hop from flare-up to flare-up, as events spiral completely out of control.

And the ending, well let's just say it left me chilled, and very few books have managed to accomplish this.

For any fan of the geopolitical/technothriller genre, this is a must read IMHO, and you will not come away dissapointed!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant War Novel! October 16, 2005
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I am flabbergassed why this novel has not had wide distributuin in the United States. I got it on Thursday and with a busy schedule just finished on Sunday Night. The way it is written is engaging and realistic; and very cautionary. It crystalizes the geopolitical relations we have today, and each countries agenda when looked at in a historic context are no relationships at all. The actual war is very realistic as modern terrrorist incidents and experimental Rouge Nation missile tests touch off a conflagaration. This book is well written, suspenseful and very entertaining. It is also realistic and frightening because the scenario centers around South Asia and the Far East, which in terms of international competition are violent and on the rise. There needs to be a publisher that can pick this book up and distribute in the USA, a must read for gobal war watchers! As good or better than Arc Light which up to this point was one of my must read novels.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get very far May 23, 2010
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The author has absolutely no concept of the military - from small unit tactics to "big picture" items like early warning capabilities. This made the book unreadable for me. If he had any technical advisors at all, they learned everything they knew from made for TV movies. If you aren't bothered by dozens of technical and tactical errors, and also don't mind clipped sentences, improper use of apostrophes, etc, then you might enjoy the book. I found the plot - that is, what little of it I actually managed to read - implausible. In my opinion, this book shouldn't be more than 99 cents.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Free Market, you're on your own." June 2, 2005
Hawksley is by turns brilliant, earnest, insightful, and frustrated. The eye and ear of a knowledgeable World Correspondent for disasters in the making calls out loud and clear. If an economic concept creates opportunities for man's deadly sins to play themselves out with horrific consequences, then The Third World War sets about showing us the possibilities. Hawksley expertly examines the roles of such things as chance, betrayal, confusion, greed, arrogance, misunderstanding, technology, against the backdrop of the Free Market notions which have no definable center. "If you lose India, you lose" says one character. "And if China withdraws support?" says another. "It is more complicated than that." Perhaps this is key to his view of potential cataclysm. Driving the text of The Third World War is Hawksley's seasoned, global experience of complexity, error, the role of communications and communicators, the narrow edge of facts known in time by decisionmakers. This is not a rousing tale for the adventurer in us. It is a call to thought and leaves us wondering why the global political/industrial complex in which we live has so few failsafe options. Common sense? Hawksley seems to say that no longer exists locally or globally. The Third World War is a provocative, timely and urgent read. To say it is 'chilling' is an understatement. It should be read inside the Beltway, at Downing Street, from Beijing to Geneva, from Singapore to Delhi, from Stockholm to Tokyo and Seoul. Weeping and flailing of hands is not enough. This is a call to action and cooperative action at that. Or as Hawksley intimates, is it more complicated than that?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Son of (On the) Beach March 9, 2010
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On the Beach was a product of its era. People were terrified of nuclear war. At base, though, people didn't really think it would ever happen. They believed that humanity was ultimately not capable of destroying itself. Certainly, On the Beach ends very sadly, but both on the journey to that ending and in the ending itself the focus is not on the struggles of nations, national leaders, and religions. Instead, it focuses on ordinary people, whether military or political figures or civilians, and is filled with passion, kindness, leadership, nobility, and love. To me, On the Beach is a hopeful book, showing the strength and grace of ordinary people right up to a relentlessly approaching end.

Hawksley's "The Third World War" is a lineal descendant of On the Beach, but it reflects the reality that humanity destroying itself is no longer unthinkable. Despite some effort at establishing loving relationships, the focus is on less personal motivations -- the struggles between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, North Korea and Islamic fundamentalists versus the United States and its allies, and China versus the United States in the struggle for world primacy -- and the cruel, blinding, dehumanizing effect of national interest and religious ideology. From the beginning, you get the feeling that this isn't going to turn out alright, for any character, country, or religion. As disasters unfold, from conventional strikes, to use of nuclear and biological weapons, national leaders temporize and obfuscate, lie and delay, and pursue hidden agendas. There is very little here that is noble, and any nobility, such as the forbearance of the Indian Prime Minister, is dwarfed by the Machiavellian maneuverings of the other characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last
For those of you that are tired of psychopaths, twisted malice and impossible feats of insight and wound healing here is a story, well told, about a plausible war stumbled into by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John B. Mcclain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Mr Mustang
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great read! The story was (frighteningly) believable, the writing was clear and professional, and the characters were well developed and believable.
Published 2 months ago by Nolan J. White
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Was looking for a Red Storm Rising sort of tale. The Third World War wasn't quite the technothriller I anticipated, but it moved well, had great character maturation and had a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by alyssa dinowitz
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, inconsistent, and tech is not applicable.
Forced myself through it, but now wishing I could get a refund, Slow, tech is basic to an Alternative History reader, and nearly impassable to any follower of WWIII type novels.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars OK read, too Anglocentric
Not as good as Red Storm Rising, Tin Soldiers, or Team Yankee. A bit of fantasy about British power and snarky towards the Yanks.
Published 7 months ago by Survivor
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and plausible
This book is both a political and military venture into the near future of our world if radicals are not brought in check.
Published 9 months ago by James C. Werderman Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Deep on how Governments can't play nice with each other
Slow at first but close to the end of the book I couldn't put it down, I was hoping someone could stop the war. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale. Scary and well written.
A cautionary tale. Scary and well written. 13 more words required? What a P.I.A.. I get to decide how long the review is.
Published 17 months ago by Lee Rankin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
As a huge fan of military fiction, I bought this book thinking it was the Third World War novel that cane out in paperback in the 80's that I loved. Well, wasn't. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trusten
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More About the Author

I'm a foreign correspondent and the author of best-selling international political thrillers. On leaving school, he became a deckhand on a cargo ship to Australia, then worked and travelled widely before becoming a journalist.
I joined the BBC in 1983, editing radio bulletins in the main newsrooms, and took up his first foreign posting in 1986 to cover the Tamil civil war in Sri Lanka. He didn't stay long. I was expelled after six months for revealing atrocities against civilians. From there, I specialized in the rapid and often painful growth of Asia with postings in India, the Philippines and Hong Kong. In 1994, I was appointed the BBC's Bureau Chief in Beijing, tasked with opening its first permanent television operation in China.
I moved to London in 1997 from where I reported extensively from the Middle East, Asia, the United States, Latin America and Africa - with both breaking news and in-depth documentaries.
My more recent television films are: The Curse of Gold, Supply Chain Children and Bitter Sweet that uncover the link between trillion dollar retail industries and conflict in the developing world; Old Man Atom that investigates the global nuclear program; and Danger: Democracy at Work examining risks in bringing Western-style democracy too quickly to some societies.
My books include an internationally acclaimed 'Future History' series (Dragon Strike, Dragon Fire and The Third World War) that explores conflict in Asia. I've published four four international thrillers, Ceremony of Innocence, Absolute Measures, Red Spirit and Security Breach, and the non-fiction examination of the modern-day path to democracy from dictatorship - Democracy Kills: What's so good about the Vote. .
My work has appeared in the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Yale Global and other publications and university lectures include Columbia, Cambridge and the London Business School.

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