- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (May 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 054470505X
- ISBN-13: 978-0544705050
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,033 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt for Red October from the late Tom Clancy. USA Today
What Will World War III Look Like?
Ghost Fleet is a page-turning imagining of a war set in the not-too-distant future. Navy captains battle through a modern-day Pearl Harbor; fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones; teenage hackers fight in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. But what makes the story even more notable is that every trend and technology in book no matter how sci-fi it may seem is real.
The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, Ghost Fleet has drawn praise as a new kind of technothriller while also becoming the new must-read for military leaders around the world.
A wild book, a real page-turner. The Economist
Ghost Fleet is a thrilling trip through a terrifyingly plausible tomorrow. This is not just an excellent book, but an excellent book by those who know what they are talking about. Prepare to lose some sleep. D.B. Weiss, writer of HBO s Game of Thrones
It s exciting, but it s terrifying at the same time. General Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
P.W. SINGER is Strategist at New America and a consultant for the U.S. military, the intelligence community, and Hollywood. His award-winning nonfiction books include New York Times bestseller Wired for War.
AUGUST COLE is a writer, analyst, and consultant, and a former defense industry reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is an Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, focusing on using narrative fiction to explore the future of warfare.
About the Author
P. W. SINGER is an expert on twenty-first-century warfare. His award-winning nonfiction books include New York Times bestseller Wired for War.
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I enjoyed this, but it's scary. I really truly hope our military never fall prey to the scenarios portrayed in this novel.
The only thing preventing me from given this book 5 stars was, for me, the ending seemed a bit rushed. After the huge amount of detail given the lead-up to the final battle, the actual battle seemed a bit perfunctory - I want to relish how the baddies were at last given their just deserts and the final denouement was too brisk.
The book reminds me a bit of Tom Clancy's often over looked thriller, 'Red Storm Rising" (an excellent book and one of my favorites). There are no real chapters, just sections with each of the events unfolding in a different theatre of operation. The question posed is: can you fight back with "obsolete" equipment. In this case, much of the story focuses on naval power.
It's not the best written novel I have read, and the end left me a little hanging, but it was well worth the time reading and I enjoyed it thoroughly. In a way, quite thought provoking.
Overall, an engaging and quick read.
1. Fictional story (3 or 4 out of 5 stars) - The storyline is well thought out, flows well, and has (mostly) good character development whom you can identify with. It is fast-paced with short sections alternating between character/event groups. I would recommend it just from an entertainment aspect alone.
2. Fact-based Cybersecurity warning (5 out of 5 stars) - The book is riddled with real-life factual references like a thesis paper on the potential dangers if the U.S. doesn't get serious about cybersecurity. We are already in the first stages of a cyberwar with China and other nation-states, and this book highlights what it could easily lead to. Even if the fictional aspect is not the genre one likes, politicians, military leaders, government agencies, and business leaders should read this as it if were a validated white paper that outlines the risks that they should seek to mitigate now.
When so many fictional "cyber" or "hacking" stories can be rather corny (e.g., CSI Cyber), this one is first rate with its storyline, writing, and informative insights.
The plot involves a surprise attack by a Chinese and Russian alliance against an overconfident and complacent USA. The Pearl Harbor scenario is exciting and then continues as the Chinese strategy seems to mirror the WWII Japanese strategy of not seeking an American defeat but rather our acquiescence in their war gains. (Minor Spoiler Alert) In this case, the Chinese occupy Hawaii, and a good deal of the book is about American resistance efforts there.
As one should expect given the authors' backgrounds, the technologies described are quite interesting. Surprisingly, I found the characters to be well done and the book as a whole a more engaging read than I had expected. This is admittedly not a subject that would appeal to everyone, but I encourage those interested in current military affairs to give it a try.