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Red Flag: TechnoThriller, Action Techno Thriller Romance Series (Collateral Damage Book 1) by [Greene, Gerald]
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Thought-provoking techno thriller
I was quite taken with the concept of this near-future techno thriller. If you think China plans to take over the world with cheap consumer goods, this novella paints a totally different picture. It's chilling, and as a piece of fiction, reads believably.
The romance story that underpins the events of the book creates a nice contrast to the military and political aspects of the story. Lovers Alex and Gloria are the collateral damage to which the title refers - two people that have their lives irrevocably changed by war.

About the Author

Gerald Greene is a Vietnam War veteran having served with the Navy Seabees near Da Nang.His squad was tasked to work on a Marine fire base near Hoi An. Memories of life at the fire base add to realistic accounts of combat situations. The experience brought him in close contact with 155mm and 105mm artillery batteries, B-52 rolling thunder bombing runs,F-4 airstrikes, and puff the magic dragon gunships, which helped keep the VC at bay. It was an enriching experience to witness the determination and grit of the US Marine Corps.Their professionalism and dedication to duty often under trying circumstances was second to none. Vivid descriptions of combat situations in Greene's novels come from these experiences. Greene has lived and worked overseas in Thailand,Taiwan,Japan, Hong Kong, Pakistan, the Philippines, France,Germany and Vietnam and traveled through China,Cambodia,Malaysia,Laos and most of Europe. Greene's interest in international travel and events are reflected in his novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2237 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Village View Press; 6 edition (November 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H58X92Q
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I was quite taken with the concept of this near-future techno thriller. If you think China plans to take over the world with cheap consumer goods, this novella paints a totally different picture. It’s chilling, and as a piece of fiction, reads believably.

The romance story that underpins the events of the book creates a nice contrast to the military and political aspects of the story. Lovers Alex and Gloria are the collateral damage to which the title refers - two people that have their lives irrevocably changed by war, as so many innocent people do.

The book is told in a mixture of narrative styles, with different characters and technical insight into the mechanics of modern warfare. It almost has a documentary feel about it. The first missile strike outside the Drunken Chicken restaurant early in the book is vividly described, sudden and brutal. This is not a book that glorifies warfare in any way. There’s rather a nice line near the end that sums it up: “War creates misery for every living creature.”

I received a free copy of this interesting and thought-provoking book in exchange for an honest non-reciprocal review.
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Gerald Greene is a Vietnam War veteran, and Collateral Damage reflects that he knows wars usually occupy a huge battlefield, and are equally filled with a broad spectrum of human drama. Often war is thought of as being hardcore, decisive, and final. It can be, but war is also filled with the fragile feelings experienced by those affected by the warring conflicts. Feelings that linger long after the last shot has fired. CD combines both extremes with a thin thread of romance struggling to become victorious. Greene executes CD as if he’s on a mission that must be fulfilled, for the reader.

Although his military thriller reads smoothly, he arms his story with a high-grade payload of shocks for the reader. If you’re new to reading military thrillers, you’ll appreciate Greene’s approach. He gives just enough hints and suggestions for the reader to fill in the unimaginable horrors of war, as the events explode, page by page. His merciful pen has left out the graphic gore often associated with war, and yet the chilling backdrop of future awesome horror is ever present for the reader.

The author anchors the plot through a variety of first-person perspectives, which left me with an array of emotions to sort through as different individuals moved the story forward. Collateral Damage is tightly written, but when I finished it, I knew CD was a lit fuse leading to the author’s other nine novels, just waiting to erupt, page by page.

Mission accomplished, Mr. Greene! Collateral Damage gave me an afternoon of Five-Star entertainment. And your Vietnam War experience is greatly appreciated!
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This short novella (about 56 pages in length) is set in 2020, and postulates what a conflict between China, the US and Taiwan would be like with advanced weapons technology.

I started off reading with great enthusiasm, as this sort of thing is right up my street. Although there is military action and drama, I wasn't hooked. This book just did not manage to hold my attention. In many, many, many places it reads like an essay--even within some dialogue episodes. It feels like the author is giving a lecture, not a fictional feast.

The punctuation is lacking, and there are many clumsy sentences as a result. One example is:

Once in a shitty grimy village near Kabul, Afghanistan a car bomb detonated with my tank crew and me standing only 100 feet from the explosion.

and:

She slipped into bed and pouting propped up on pillows, covers pulled up only to her navel.

There is far too much telling in this novella, and nowhere near enough showing.

I really wanted to like this book, but it just needs too much work. It is full of split infinitives and poor punctuation. It is also written in a passive writing style. This book is in need of a comprehensive edit. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars, which will be upgraded to a weak 3 for posting purposes.
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I am a military buff and love action books. Gerald Greene propels us forward to 2020 and a time when China finally decides to make good on their threat to re-unify their country by forcibly taking Taiwan. It is told from the perspective of an ex-US Army man and his girlfriend trapped in Taipei when the missiles start falling, and the commanding officer of an ill fated US Aircraft Carrier and is CIC officer. For good measure he brings in the perspective of the Chinese military.

One downer for me was the US did nothing, even after the pride and joy of the fleet is sunk. I would like to think we would honor our commitment to Taiwan.

I would have given five stars but the lack of good punctuation precluded that. It is a good read after you get past the lack of commas and semi-colons.
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when I started I thought the book had a lot of potential, but found it glossed over major political incidents.... Which made it unbelievable. The author almost casually writes off the sinking of an American navy vessel and ignores the incident with a Japanese passenger flight. The ending was also very unsatisfactory, I suppose we are being set up for the second book but too much was left hanging
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