- File Size: 633 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Publisher: Dingbat Publishing; 1 edition (August 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HSCAJM6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,559 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 Stars "I found this to be a great book with a commontheme of many apocalypse type stories but with some great new twists and a great main character. General Angriff seems a bit like I imagineGeneral Patton was and certainly 'apes' him with his Desert Eagle andattitude but I enjoyed his character. Certainly the twists with thesuspended animation of all those soldiers is great but the sub-plots and twists keep the tension high." Ian Brown, Amazon Review
5 Stars "You will not want to put this book down. From its opening chapter to thevery end, you will be drawn from one chapter to the next. Bill Webb isclearly an avid reader, historian and talented writer...Webb shows his deep respect for our military and his concern for our nation."
Bart Bechtel, Amazon Review
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My one and only intention for this and my other books is to entertain the reader. Perhaps to also inform, especially in my non-fiction, but information is only useful when delivered in such a way that it's remembered.
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I'm not giving this book a one star rating because, from a technical standpoint, it's not bad. The minutiae of the organization may be off the mark in many respects (where are all the warrant officers, especially in the aviation component, and why do the mechanics and crew chiefs just let the officers push them around like that?) but I did get a sense of authenticity, having served in a heavy brigade that would combine mechanized infantry and tanks in a similar fashion.
The pacing is actually good. Cringe moments notwithstanding, the plot flowed very well and didn't spend excessive amounts of time dwelling on one moment or another. I truly am curious to see where the setting goes because much of the action takes place inside the 7th Cavalry's giant underground base, dealing with an internal conspiracy. I will be continuing on to the second book in the series because of this but so far, what I have seen has not impressed me.
At its heart, however, this series is a clear presentation of the military task faced by the new "7th Cavalry" in the American Southwest and its leader, and it is fascinating.
I would say, if you harbor the same delusions as the author and are ok with living in a fantasy world, then sure, read the book. The problem is it is otherwise just no good. The characters are one dimensional, the action is uninteresting and hyperbolic.
Avoid this book, there are no redeeming values to it.
The plot overall is plausible. Militarily force structure wise the Army does not have separate mechanized infantry and separate armor Battalions anymore. Combined Arms Battalions with 2x Mechanized Infantry and 2x Armor Companies as the firepower. As mentioned earlier Generals, even Special Operations Generals would not have made Rambo look like a sissie, with .50cal Desert Eagles. Maybe carrying a .45 since some Special Operations units started reusing .45s over the past decade.
I do look forward to the next book in the series. It has a great story, some interesting plot twists and are building the character base. Keep writing Mr. Webb, you have an interested fan that plans to follow this series.
Top international reviews
Angriff - Favourite Character. Someone who definitely isn't scared to do whatever is right no matter the consequences. Hates politics and prefers those who do what needs to be done, reputation be dammed.
Flemming - Tactical genius. He will do anything for Angriff and easily one of the best characters.
Tompkins - The one (if your military) you would want to relate too if you didn't originally volunteer for the 7th Cavalry. Survives 50 years of BS, 81 and one of the best soldiers in the brigade.
There are so many more which I don't want to go into because it would ruin the story. But these characters are some of the best and will help to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
different view of the apocalypse, but a frightening real possibility
can not wait for the next book in the series
This is a very well researched tale with some twists that you would not expect.