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Winter Kill - War With China Has Already Begun [Kindle Edition]

Gene Skellig , Zhamil Bikbaev
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In Gene Skellig's terrifyingly plausible military techno-thriller, Winter Kill - War With China Has Already Begun, you will be immediately drawn into the strong characters of this richly detailed adventure. As the pace accelerates, you will become wrapped up in the action at the local level. At the same time, your thirst for the economic, geopolitical and military context of the war will be thoroughly satisfied. With unexpected developments and twists, this story will confront you with the daunting challenge of surviving in the Winter Kill world, just as it confronted the people of the Sunshine Coast communities of the Pacific Northwest and numerous strategic locations around the world.

When the Nuclear Extinction War (NEW) begins, it comes as a complete surprise to just about everybody. But for retired military planner, Casey Callaghan, it represents the culmination of the worst case scenario which he had feared was inevitable – and one for which he had made extensive preparations. His motivation is the security of his wife and five small children, his extended family and as many of his friends and neighbors as he can save. The world is faced with the unimaginable devastation of a global nuclear winter which kills off 95% of humankind like the winter kill of a crop in nature.

Survival has suddenly become very personal.

To make matters worse, a rogue police officer is out to get Casey. While Casey and Constable Walker wage war on a very personal scale, the global war grinds towards its inevitable outcome.

After reading Winter Kill, when you consider our relationship with China you might see, as Casey Callaghan does, that we are blindly rushing towards catastrophe. All it will take to set off a devastating cascade of events is one repugnant conclusion in the mind of an evil genius.

You will also find yourself reflecting on real word events such as the Arab Spring, the steady rise in the price of gold and the talk of an attack on Iran as subjects well explored in Winter Kill, making the Winter Kill scenario that much more frightening.

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Gene Skellig's "Winter Kill" describes World War Three on two levels - one from a global perspective, when a power-hungry Chinese general takes control and sends the missiles flying. The other perspective is that of a Canadian ex-military officer and his painstaking preparations in western Canada for such a world cataclysm.

From the Author

Winter Kill was inspired by my long term planning for my upcoming retirement - with four children to raise. Perhaps I am a bit of a misanthrope, as I am not happy with the way humanity is headed. However, by making adjustments in our personal lives - moving out of the cities and doing some gardening - it is the small things that we can do that will make a big difference overall. The future could be brighter than I portrayed in Winter Kill, but it think that it is prudent to prepare for the worst possible scenario that humankind or nature could bring down upon us. In this way, Winter Kill may be of interest to the prepper as much as to any parents who are concerned for the world their children will inherit. My plan is to pass on something of a sustainable legacy in a rural setting.

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  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Flea Circus Books; 2 edition (May 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050D7E06
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winter Kill-War with China has Already Begun September 2, 2011
By gmsmith
Format:Kindle Edition
Gene Skellig's "Winter Kill" describes World War Three on two levels - one from a global perspective, when a power-hungry Chinese general takes control and sends the missiles flying. The other perspective is that of a Canadian ex-military officer and his painstaking preparations in western Canada for such a world cataclysm.
"Winter Kill" recalls General Sir John Hackett's 1985 book "The Third World War," in which a limited nuclear war scenario results in the bombing of Birmingham and Minsk before the cessation of hostilities. In Skellig's update, the huge nuclear arsenals of the West, China, Russia and India combine to make the Cold War threat of Hackett's book seem comparatively benign. When war starts, it is as if the genie is let out of the bottle and an orgy of nuclear destruction is unleashed upon the earth.
The parallel story of "Winter Kill" chronicles the efforts of a prescient Casey Callaghan who, fully anticipating such a war, builds a complex on Vancouver Island strong enough to protect himself, his family and friends from a nuclear war. Callaghan's preparations are minutely detailed, from the financing and planning to the construction and arming of his stronghold. He brings his family and other members of his group into his building not a moment too soon, as a nuclear attack takes place on Vancouver and the West Coast - and is chillingly chronicled. There is suspense and action as his group, surviving the initial attack, carries on to battle marauders in the British Columbia forest, and struggles to maintain morale with the oncoming of nuclear winter. Meanwhile, the surviving forces of the world strive to locate the Chinese madman, and to save what is left of civilization.
Throughout the book I was impressed with the level of Skellig's research.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting - death by powerpoint April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sort of expecting a much broader description of the geo-political build up to a nuclear war and rather more military content but this is no Red Storm Rising.

Instead the author really tightly focuses on how the main character spotted the war coming, by analysing loads of stuff in infinite detail, then executing this survival plan.

The book is heavy on financial and organisational detail but lacking in action. When the action does come along, its not terribly well described and all too short.

I suppose I should have had ample warning when at the start of the book the author advises people that they may want to skip a bunch of chapters a third into the book because it might be tedious. Well, I skipped a load more than that in order to survive my own personal nuclear winter of boredom. Thanks to the power of Kindle I skip read through huge swathes of it looking for something to peak my interest.

Lastly, its very Canadian centric and name drops products left right and centre, which makes it hard for anyone not au fait with Canada to really understand it. I know you could say that about any other country, but for me, as a Brit, the USA is very familiar due to popular culture, Canada is not which made this extra hard going for me.

Oh and lastly, if this is what it will take to survive a nuclear war, I'm making every attempt to die - daily powerpoint presentations to your family in the bunker? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.... talk about a vision of hell!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Advice for the ultra rich December 11, 2011
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The main character is an ex-army who never makes any mistakes, invests wisely and chooses friends perfectly. Its all a little too contrived. It would have been a more interesting read if the main character had been more familiar instead of becoming fabulously rich and then buying space age products. Reads like so many modern novels; intended for a movie plot instead of educational. More adversity and adaptation would have been a more convincing story and also more informative to reader. Knowledge of gun laws in Canada is clearly lacking. There are many appropriate firearms that can be purchased legally and are unrestricted. Subject matter though is quite interesting and the basis for site selection fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, well written and very well researched. October 15, 2012
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I never read novels, I am non-fiction type. "Winter Kill: War with China Has Already Begun" was recommended to me among my Amazon Kindle suggestions. Excellent!

The book is a very well written and researched book for a new author. I found the start of the book a bit low, it could have been made more compelling. However tying fiscal deficits, dollar debasement, return of gold standards with plausible military scenarios and survivalism was brilliantly done. The book is fun to read, intense and once you get engaged almost impossible not to finish it. I highly recommend this book for action book fans everywhere. It is intense, realistic, exciting and well researched.

While studying nuclear engineering, I used to do all kind of calculations for radiation shielding and shelter design. This book is quite close to the real situation as far as nuclear shielding and construction of fallout shelters concerns. I suspect it is also quite correct as far as survivalism techniques. I also know that the analysis of the debasement of the US dollar, and its implications on global inflation and monetary instabilities are also quite correct. I do not know about the nuclear winter recovery scenario, I never studied the matter; although I am curious to do some reading now to validate the atmosphere recovery outcome the books suggests.

I liked the book very much and I'll be looking for the coming one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frightenly possible
Author certainly knew a lot of details, but some of it seemed to be not that relevant to the story. He could have made the book better by leaving a lot of the detail about missile... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by California Dreamin'
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
Quite enjoyed this book. Storyline was good right till the end. It was just the end that was a little too happy for a ww3 scenario but don't let this put you off.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars The story is to descriptive. It jumps around to ...
The story is to descriptive. It jumps around to much, one chapter will be about 2 years before the war, the next chapter takes place 3 days before the war and then it will move to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ivey Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
starts slow later makes sense etc!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and Creative
Survival during and after nuclear war. Primarily around a small family style group without problems of confinement from small area for up to ten years before internal group... Read more
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Highly detailed account of post apocalyptic survival through planning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Survivalist handbook but not really a good story
I really wanted to like this book but it just wasn’t interesting enough to keep my interest and I found myself regularly skipping ahead a few pages. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)
2.0 out of 5 stars The author likes his acronyms
An interesting story which got DUMB as the plot progressed. Too many complicated titles and acronyms in the book for my liking.
Published 13 months ago by Roderic Grigson
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable story but so we'll written!
In this day and age it's unfortunate that I can actually envision this story coming to life and taking place! Greed, computers, the internet, etc. could be the undoing of mankind. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Why
Why oh why does this book jump about in time. One moment we are at one point of the story then wham we go back 40 odd days. Read more
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Gene Skellig grew up in Vancouver before moving on to a career as an Air Force pilot. His career has taken him around the world with his more memorable deployments including Russia, the Persian Gulf, England, Australia, Greenland, various locations in the US and the Canadian Arctic. As a civilian, he has worked as a carpenter, an ESL English teacher in Vancouver and in Japan and as a commercial & medevac pilot in northern Alberta. With a degree in philosophy and a few years of engineering school and other disciplines, Gene has a wide range of academic and real-life experiences. Now, on the verge of retirement and transition to a semi-retired lifestyle of writing and publishing books, Gene can finally put on paper some of the more memorable and inspirational experiences and people he has encountered in his adventures. What motivates Gene most, however, is his profound belief that embracing and exploring the universe - celebrating life and the people he encounters - is the true meaning of life. When he is not busy with his wife and kids, Gene pursues his many interests, including: Climate Science, Ecology, Economics, Alternative Land-use Planning, Architecture, Geopolitics, Military History, Aviation, Geology and Gold Mining.

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Global war inevitable?
A need for a zero growth economy?? Don't follow you there. Also I think your fear of a global war, at least of the nuclear variety as described in Winter Kill, is off-base. The real threat is a financial war with China. I read a new book, The Chinese Bankerby Dustin Hill that... Read More
Jul 21, 2012 by Dustin Hill |  See all 2 posts
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