- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478199792
- ISBN-13: 978-1478199793
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Israel Strikes Paperback – December 24, 2012
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From the Author
This book is about a fictional future Israeli attack on Iran. Israel Strikes is about that attack
and the ensuing war. The catalyst for that war is Iran's nuclear program.
As this book goes to print, that program is active and Israel has taken
no overt steps to stop it. I strongly suspect that within, say, 18 months
of publication, the war I describe in these pages will happen for real.
This book does not try to predict that war or its course. I have no
special information or contacts within any government. All the ideas
contained therein are my own.
I do speculate about what that war will be like. That speculation is
informed by a decade spent studying the Arab /Israeli Wars and the
three Israeli conflicts with terrorists in the 2000s. I've also designed
for Decision Games a war game on the topic, Lebanon '82: Operation
Peace for Galilee. Anyone who is familiar with Israel's fight for survival
will get whiffs of that past reading Israel Strikes; Operation Yonothan,
Operation Defensive Shield, the Raid on Osirak...
On a technical note, most of the American made equipment have
designations unique to the Israeli Defense Force. To avoid confusion I
have used American terminology.
Lastly, thanks again to my army of editors, Kathy Yearick, Kirsten
Anderson Robbins, Lee and Sharon Moyer.
Great Barrington Massachusetts
From the Back Cover
As the Iranian nuclear program nears completion, the Israeli government launches a desperate attack on land, sea and in the air. The raid plunges the entire region into war and threatens to drag the United States into the conflict. Besieged from all directions, the mighty IsraeliDefense Force is stretched to limit. Alone and under siege, can theJewish State survive?
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If you dislike Israel - don't read this book --
If you agree with Middle-Eastern terrorists, don't read this book --
If you don't like the military, don't read this book --
On the other hand:
If you care about Israel and it's people --
If you hate terrorists - anywhere --
If you like and support the military --
If you like pithy - crisp - reparte at the beginning of each chapter "ala Christopher Nuttall" --
Then read this book - read both books in the series, but if you are employed --
Be prepared to explain to your boss why you come into work bleary eyed for a few days :)
They are both really hard to put down after you begin to read ................
The pilot-to-pilot communications during air missions was almost childlike. It wouldn't have taken more than a page or two to explain missile calls of "Fox 1", and "Fox 2" for example, and why this is important. Weapon load outs and mission specifics for F-16's and the different F-15 models would also have both informed and entertained the reader. Likewise for downed pilot rescue missions.
More detail, any detail for that matter, on Electronic Counter Measures ( ECW) in combat would have filled this out nicely. This would have also fit in well with better explanations about the viruses at work against Iranian Air Defense and surveillance systems. Again, this wouldn't have taken long and the reader would welcome it.
Combat losses in Lebanon, especially Apaches, seemed to be understated, especially considering the IDF's last performance against Hezbollah.
More technical detail on the Markova tank, and why it's unique among modern designs, would have been helpful as well.
The Presidents daughter as an MTV host was just plain silly.
And will somebody - anybody - tell these authors just what the word "nonplussed" really means ?!
This book had great potential but needed help. I'd call it a good first draft.
I'm no military buff so I cant comment to much on that side of things other than to say for a non-military person it was all explained clearly and in easy to understand terms.
Also the characters were well presented, there were no heros as such and no evil caracticures, the book doesnt take side and its certainly not a flag-waving story (like a lot of these novels descend in to).
This is a great read and I highly recommend it, I cant wait to read Mr. Stroock's other novels now !
As I'm sure other reviewers have pointed out, some predictions are already off the mark, despite the recent publication date. Most notably, Mr. Strook predicted a Sunni-led, post-civil-war government in Syria by this time, which we all know isn't the case. But to his credit, the underlying point seems to be that Syrian policy will be belligerent regardless of who's at the helm.
I didn't mind the typogographical errors. We all know what he meant to write. And hey, this book is bargain priced at four bucks for the e-version.
To the author: I'm somewhat surprised we don't see more books on this subject. I'd like to know more.