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Red Metal Audio CD – Audiobook, December 31, 2019
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The book was somewhat Marine-Centric with the an LTC Marine analyst leading the way from the Pentagon to a Rare Earth mine in Africa. He turns in his ink pen for an M4 as he heads to war. This only after going around an incompetent Navy admiral who happened to be his immediate superior.
IMHO, the book glossed over some things. The Russians took out the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein. Apparently without any aircraft getting off the ground. Lost communications was the reason. My first thought was "when pigs fly." The fight immediately was pushed to the tank crews and Polish resistance to prosecute. Only a few aircraft were able to join in the fight. You can read the list of characters in the front of the book to see what I mean.
Four B1 Lancers were shot down easily by Chinese-made missiles thus transitioning the fight to the Marines on the ground. No electronic countermeasures by the Bones? My first thought was "when pigs fly." They Marines are supported by the brave female submarine captain who leads her ship close enough to do cause damage to some offloading Russian hardware and fuel supply ships thus giving the Marines a chance.
Low flying helicopters and diving F-35 stealth fighters are getting shot down by Russian ZSU anti-air armor thus transitioning the fight to the Marine infantry. Is this even possible? I hope someone smarter than I am on Russian stealth interdiction and targeting low flying aircraft can answer that one. I've read that it's difficult to get a weapons great radar lock on a "low observable" aircraft like the F-35.
Where I'm going with all this is that the authors, in my uneducated opinion, overused Murphy's Law and downplayed American air capability in order to produce a still great military tale based primarily on Army Tankers and Marines. For this reason, I'm not sure I'd call it similar to Clancy's Red Storm Rising, but it is a great read. If you're looking for F-15's and Raptors doing battle with Russian aircraft, this book doesn't contain them.
At the very outset of the book, these events occur.
In Taiwan a sniper kills the opposition candidate who advocates joining mainland China. The assassin leaves clues that he’s allied with the government in power. The world is furious with the government, and China masses its military near Taiwan and issues an ultimatum that they will invade if the government is re-elected in four months.
The U.S. pulls out most of its forces from other regions around the world and concentrates them near Taiwan. A video goes viral on the internet showing the two most important and capable U.S. commanders for the Taiwan region in flagrante delicto. They’re married, but not to each each other, and are removed from office.
While the U.S. has assembled nearly all its forces near Taiwan, the Russian Federation sends heavy forces to take over a mine in Kenya with most of the world’s deposit of rare earth minerals vital to military and other hi-tech equipment. The Federation also devises a spear attack into Stuttgart, where NATO’s command for Africa is located.
Then Greaney goes on to vividly describe the consequences of these actions and many, many more. The scenes of combat are ultra realistic.
The lives of the characters are richly described, and the book is flawlessly written, as usual for Greaney.
Martin Fricke, Ph.D.
Well, I have now finished the book. It was literally a "could not put down" book. So realistic, I wouldn't be surprised if something like this would happen somewhere in the world. And the ending, without giving anything away, was both wonderful and bittersweet. It makes me feel good about the men and women we have in the military, watching out for us each and every day.
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On the flip-side, the actual premise of the book (essentially Russian army units invade all the way into Germany, with no-one stopping them, aided by hackers magically switching off air defences and so-forth) is truly ridiculous. Hacking is not magic and cannot simply switch off firewalled systems, the Russians could never get that far that quickly. Also, the MacGuffin of the story (rare earth metals that can only be extracted from a few mines) is basically wrong - "rare earth metals" are not actually as rare as the story makes out. I don't think the comments from some reviewers about this story being "expertly researched" and so-forth are entirely deserved.
All the same this was an entertaining read.
I had previously thought that his one weakness was the lack of technical knowledge of military hardware and tactics, compared to Clancy but the input of a USMC Lt. Colonel has fixed that in spades.
A fast paced, entirely believable novel about Russian ambitions present day that is a guaranteed page turner from start to end.
I read it in just two long sessions and can't wait for more books in this ilk from Mark Greaney.
There's a new king of the techno-thriller and that's Mark Greaney. The other so called 'Clancy' novels by Cameron are a very poor imitation of Clancy’s writing style and best avoided.
the world could be drawn into a war. How se!f importance and self interest can shatter lives way beyond the immediate area. The game plan was good. Using up-to-date IT warfare. Also how easily it can be destroyed and used against us. A master class. Hopefully it's not in print in China and Russia!
This book was everything I have been craving . Depth.
Depth of character. Depth of Plot and depth of technical knowledge.
Cant wait for the next one.
Red Metal is engrossing and a compulsive read that should not be missed.
The ending leaves room for a follow-up book, here's hoping.
Good choice of characters, fast moving and well researched.
All in all? A worthy purchase you cannot go wrong with.