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For approximately three-quarters of the novel, the plot, commentary, character development and action held my interest to the point that I had trouble putting the book down. After that it began to drag a little, or perhaps I began to drag. Either way, I found myself reading for an hour or so, putting it down and coming back to it later. I still enjoyed, but the action was not such that I just had to know what came next without stopping.
Mr. Kratman has strong opinions and expresses them unrepentantly. If you strongly disagree with those opinions, you probably won't like the book. However, if you don't mind seeing the world as Mr. Kratman sees it rather than the way most "progressives" seem to delude themselves into seeing it, you will likely enjoy the ride.
A few of the small things which were of interest to me: Mr. Kratman and his sometime coauthor, John Ringo, have expressed very different opinions as to the value of the Kurds as allies and as a society. The capitol of the FSC ( the obvious USA stand in) is Hamilton. I wonder if this is a statement about the people who colonized the FSC or an indication of Mr. Kratman's political philosophy. The rebel Belisario(Belisarius?) Carrera is, to me, an improved version of the historical character who led the Latin American revolts against the tyrannical colonial power of that time. I would like to see his story further developed in another book.
What if you had not only the ability, but the means, to strike back?
Would you take revenge?
More importantly, could your sanity survive the ordeal?
A Desert Called Peace explores this topic, and much more, as an allegory of the current war on terror. However, it is much more than that and I fear that many people will overlook the truly complex characters and story and decry the political aspects. But, honestly, outside of the more campy aspects of the U.N. characters, the Author plays fair with respect to the motivations of the rest. There is good and bad represented and no one has a clear cut hold on either. There is no "Red, White and Blue" being squeaky clean and without fault. The "hero" is a man who has lost everything and will do almost anything to avenge them and pays a very dear price for that.
I think that what I liked best about this novel is that it takes a very real look at the cost of going to war and the toll that it exacts on the men and women involved. No doubt that this is a very dark, very grim tale and I believe that if you give it a shot, regardless of your political leanings (OK, if you are Michael Moore you will hate it)and you are honest, I think that you will enjoy this.
I very much enjoyed this and would wholeheartedly recommend this to other adults and am looking forward to the sequel.