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Red Flag: TechnoThriller, Action Techno Thriller Romance Series (Collateral Damage Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 3 in Collateral Damage (3 Book Series)
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple writing style. Easy reading for young readers. The content is likely not appropriate for third grade level. OK story.Published 2 months ago by ya003
I read this twice and enjoyed it both times but it ends abruptly to provide a hook for the sequels.Published 5 months ago by michael a foster
Hubby really enjoyed this one and is passing it along to his brother.Published 6 months ago by Stargzr13
While reading this book, you could have been sure that everything was real to life. Keep up the great writing and welcome home brother.Published 14 months ago by don
Having read this, I understand why the price is free on Kindle. I allow for a bit of latitude for self-published novels but the disregard for good grammar and lack of style makes... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ken Chen
It felt like the first chapter of a book that I wouldn't finishPublished 15 months ago by Larry Bruce McCown
Read it all the way through, but it just never really "got started" for me...... left too many things hanging, while I kept waiting for things to start rolling.Published 17 months ago by Dave-in-PC
At times too realistic for comfort. China may indeed believe their own super star rhetoric. America may indeed be willing to turn on its partners to avoid war. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Big Peng