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The books has its good points and its bad points. I really enjoyed reading detailed accounts of incidents occurring in places that I know well. The "battle for Anchorage," where they talked about fighting along 5th avenue and in the mall there, the destruction of the Dimond Center, these are things I know, and miss. Delta Junction and Ft Greely....maybe not missed so much, LOL, but I know them.
On the down side, I know the author has some military background, I think I read he was an MP, but he clearly did not do any checking with any of the combat arms troops, past or present, in Alaska. There are glaring gaps, most of which are probably more evident to me than to the average reader. For example, he talks about troops being out in weather around "40 below," they are frostbitten and he goes into detail about the cold, yet their weapons fire handily. Ammunition freezes at those temperatures. We had to keep loaded magazines in our parkas, keep weapons bone dry, the lubricating oil would even freeze, even the stuff rated as "arctic oil," and we would load a warm magazine if we needed to fire a weapon. M-16s were kinda just expensive clubs sometimes.
Vehicles did not cranks unless the glow plugs had been kept plugged into an electrical outlet or they had just been kept running, non stop. We never turned a truck off "in the field." That makes me think of the "giant tanks of the OAP." Yeah, tanks don't work in Alaska. It has been tried before, didn't work. The ground will not support them. In the summer the muskeg is far too soft. In the winter it does freeze but tank drivers have no way to know when they are over iced over bog or solid ground. Plus, tanks+extreme cold=failure. I refer you to the German offensive in Russia, WWII. Too many moving parts, too much to freeze up.
The characters are well developed and memorable. I found myself wanting to know what happens next and where they go.
Overall, I find it to be a fun boo, a bit slow but still fun. The only negatives are probably isolated to someone "who has been there." I recommend it.