- 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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Texas-Israeli War: 1999 Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1986
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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.Read more ›
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authors bringing out the harshness, and hopelessness, of a post-apocalypse world, from contaminated farmland to cities no longer maintained.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.
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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A good fun book to read. Don't let the cover fool you. It is well thought out and places you into the action, and keeps you there.Published on August 17, 2011 by Jimincent
In the future...in, um, 1999...England will be attacked by Ireland with bombs full of LSD; the UK's leaders will go insane and drop nukes on several countries; other countries will... Read morePublished on January 14, 2008 by Mike Smith
I come back to this one again and again, it's one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid. Regarding Glen's review:
If you look for flaws in anything, you will find... Read more