The Morning The Earth Shook Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B073CFGDR7
- Publication date : June 26, 2017
- File size : 2794 KB
- Print length : 68 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,539 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Mr. Curtis works the hubris of the New Order into the story quite well. Their quest is righteous, therefor whatever they do is right. Besides, they're far better educated than any of those military knuckle-draggers, and their plans reflect this. Hilariously, at times.
The Moonbeam 1 crew got a few memorable scenes (e.g. the lt. gov's culinary preferences) in Niven and Pournelle's "Lucifer's Hammer", but "The Morning the Earth Shook" is a more focused story. It moves along without getting side-tracked -- good -- but because of that the story is over too soon. So what happens to the regular citizens left behind who didn't drink the Kool-Aid but can't just pull up roots and go east? What's that I hear about an anthology?
This one starts with Vice Admiral Matt Clayborn, Commander of the Third Fleet. Clayborn has heard loud explosions. Of course he knew his SEAL's would have had something to do with it. The leader of the SEAL's is Captain Mike James. A man who lost both is wife and his son to the murderous Brownshirts.
Mike has had his teams plant explosives and claymores at the bunker sites. Sites the Brownshirts want to get into. Unfortunately for them none of them are military and don't have clue how to disarm a bomb so many of them have been killed trying. Captain James is more than okay with that. If he had his way he and his SEAL teams would start mowing them all down. Unfortunately for him DC doesn't want any more bloodshed, so Mike has to curb his teams and himself.
Clayborn and his men are currently on North Island because the State of California decided they would leave the Union. All military men were to be arrested and all bases including Naval, Air, Army and Marine would be taken over by the Brownshirts who are the military arm of Governor Moonbeam. Of course the Brownshirts are no match for trained, well armed Marines and Navy SEAL's.
There have been riots and deaths. Some of the dependents of the base personnel have been killed but most have made it to safety. The Air Force has been landing with supplies.
Outside the wire the state is crawling with illegals from Mexico and South America. These people rob, murder and rape and no one does anything to stop them. These illegals are a big part of the force that is gathering. The Governor wants to take over the bases intact and rent them out to the Russians and Chinese who desperately want to take over those sites, intact of course.
Lt. Ramon Villanueva is Hispanic and a spy for the Vice Admiral. He has gone out many times looking for intel on what the Brownshirts and those with them are up to. By buddying up with many of the illegals he's found out that a big attack will be coming in several weeks. Villanueva immediately lets the Vice Admiral know what's going on and the Admiral relays it to DC.
DC decides that everyone needs to evacuate the bases and destroy everything they can't take with them. Its a process that will take weeks.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Clayborn, James, Villenueva, the Marines, the SEAL's, a plan to get everyone out, a plan to get the ships out of harbor, a Governor and his advisors who haven't got a clue what they are dealing with, the Air Force and Navy fliers who's F-18's are loaded for bear, jets that will destroy the runways so they can't be used, jets that will destroy all the buildings, a riot at the old admin building, people at that riot who are wearing suicide vests, vests that explode killing hundreds and Admiral Clayborn doing his best to get his people out, save all he can, survive and make it back to the USA.
The action is quick and suspenseful, and told in relevant vignettes. The characters are fairly well written sketches - I know many of the personality types, and was filling in background and range of actions as mental shorthand. This is the same for Federal forces as well as Calexiters, right down to their dear leaders' preoccupation with all things green.
There are no good answers or shining triumphs; this is a story of change and losses. In the face of loss and misery, the Fleet finds a way to bring at least a marginal victory but at a large strategic and personal cost.
This is another good. solid product from Mr. Curtis, and is worth the price for the questions and the stories of duty and honor.