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Texas-Israeli War: 1999 Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1986

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345339940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345339942
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,223,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend who knows that I research the Arab-Israeli conflict recommended this fun little Sci-fi novel and I'm very glad she did. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. It was very nice light entertainment.
Jake Saunders and Howard Waldrop, the authors, have fashioned an extremely entertaining post-holocaust action novel in the rebellious remnants of the United States. It's obvious that both spent a lot of time reading and researching before the novel was written because there a quite a few disparate elements successfully rolled together in this light entertaining novel. Among the elements are: Wild West Texas Rangers cowboy story elements, an interest in the Arab-Israeli wars, an interest in W.W.II military hardware, an interest in Cold War politics, and probably, above all else, a projected post-nuclear Armageddon scenario.
The novel was written in 1974 and parts of the novel cobbled together into a novelette previously appeared in Galaxy Magazine in July, 1973. This story was probably written during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and probably the authors drew much inspiration from what appeared in the newspapers, magazine, and other media of the time.
The authors built an alternate history in which 1992 a limited nuclear exchange and widespread use of biological and chemical weapons has killed nine out of every ten people in the world. The two coalitions were a Chinese-Irish-Afrikaaner versus a Russo-British coalition that eventually allies with the United States. Europe waffles and is mostly destroyed in the crossfire. The Israelis stood neutral and their sworn Arab enemies attacked Israel, but with little result. Egyptians bombers managed to hit Tel Aviv, but after that brief attack, the Arab world was all but destroyed by Israeli military might.
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So this time line is a bit dated given the fact it is 2015. I first read this book when it was published and the tale is still a fun read. I have reread it enough my old copy fell apart and I had to get another copy. The characters are well presented and the depiction of warfare as the horrid, depressing reality it is and not the glory nonsense some people love to present makes it realistic. These characters are not here for glory, they need the work and this is wall that is available to them. They just hope to get through it alive and sane and get on with a better life. Can it be picked apart for minor flaws especially now? Of course. So can War and Peace. It is a good read, relax and enjoy.
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Saunders and Waldrop definitely get a "A" for imagiation on this book. When a nuclear war wipes out a good chunk of Earth's population, Israel is relatively untouched and helps America fight its wars in exchange for a place to live. Now a group of Israeli and American soldiers face a tough challenge. Rescue the kidnapped President of the United States from Texas, which has seceded from the Union.
It's a quick read with OK character development and decent action. I really liked the laser-armed Israeli Centurion tanks duking it out with a Texas heavy cruiser. Also, a first-rate job by the authors bringing out the harshness, and hopelessness, of a post-apocalypse world, from contaminated farmland to cities no longer maintained. The characters in many instances are torn between their dreams for life after fighting, then wonder if they will live long enough to see them or if they can even make a life in this miserable world. Some really good scenes when the Israelis ad Americans infiltrate the Texan compound. They learn of the conflict between the regular Texan Army and the fanatical faction called the Sons of the Alamo. One great aspect was the Israeli commander's view of one Texan general who comes off as an honorable warrior, leading the Israeli to dislike the idea that he may have to kill him in order to complete his mission.
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Seriously, what do these people who don't give it five stars want? Not only does it deliver in every way based on the title of the book but its actually well written and well thought out. This has to be Howard's masterpiece I want more stories from this world he created! Every Texan should read it. This is an amazing piece of 80's sci fi.
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...that would be this book.

Admittedly, I bought it because the cover was so bizarre that I had to read it to find out why there were Native Americans on horseback attacking an Israeli tank in the Southwestern US.

The story itself was just as bizarre, but written in a way that it was actually rather fun to read and, for as absurd as the plot was (especially the UK accidentally nuking half the world, which sparked a war, and ended up with US rebels who kidnapped the president, and some Israeli mercs come in to...save the day somehow), it was enjoyable.
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I read this book about 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the humor. It was based on the ridiculous national energy situation, particularly national controls on natural gas usage, created by our government that we Texans we forced to endure. This book was a humorous satire that vented some of the feelings that the oil resource states had for the national government and for the residents of the Northeastern states. One of the more significant bumper stickers displayed widely in Texas was "Let the Bastards Freeze in the Dark". It was a fun read.
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