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Foreign and Domestic: Campaign II--Battle for the Middle States Hardcover – October 9, 2007
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Shelby G. Lowery
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New Albany, MS 38652
"Foreign and Domestic" chronicles a new American revolution in which the enemy turns out to be those most likely to take freedom for granted - Americans. Mannske has created a compelling American paradox wrapped inside a warp-speed firefight. I don't read a lot of novels but I stayed up two nights to finish this one.
The book is about the US-UN War. Far fetched?
It is Book 2 of a trilogy and Books 1 and 3 have not been written yet. Odd?
Ask George Lucas.
I have to admit that it took me several chapters to wrap my brain around the author's concept of a near fiction war between the US and the UN, but the further one goes into the story, the easier the idea is to accept.
The thing which makes this all work for me is that Michael Mannske can flat out write. His characters come alive, his scenarios become plausable and his knowledge of the military gives the book an authenticity that near fiction and science fiction need in order to remain plausible.
Mannske says in the Afterword that he wrote this book because he was bored. That he wanted to escape the post 9/11 world and be "mesmerized again by cataclysmic clashes and superpower showdowns...where military strategies are brought to life and age old SIOP [Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol] war plans dusted off and tested in the crucible of the imagination."
The crucible of this author's imagination is white hot. If you are looking for a book that is not boring and quite mesmerizing, Foreign and Domestic is just the ticket. I promise you it will make you think and probably keep you up later than is good for you. It did me.
Can't wait for the rest of this triology - how could the UN get this power and how do we regain it? Hope Mannske doesn't make us wait very long. It's a sure-fire movie hit - heads up on this one Hollywood!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was ok. I enjoyed reading but did not stick out as one of the best.Published 19 months ago by Sean Tinsley
I enjoy this genre but had a hard time getting into this book. It didn't come close to 'pulling me in' like Bracken's trilogy of "Enemies: Foreign and Domestic" did -- that series... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by S. Woodruff
Great book! In the "against all odds" tradition of great novels this book really got to me. A glimpse at a not too hard to imagine predicament and "Hobson's" choice we could be... Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Kirstin Beach
With the support of our president the UN has placed large areas of the US under the control of its political forces and a civil war is raging putting friends and family on opposing... Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by J Diana
Foreign and Domestic is a wonderfully weaved story that made me feel like I was watching an exciting HBO mini-series. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by Max Plume
It was hard to put the book down, but not hard to envision Mannske's world of a UN-controlled America. I was riveted by the plot, the characters (especially Dr. Read morePublished on September 27, 2007 by Amazon Customer