- Mass Market Paperback: 509 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing (April 1, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425044777
- ISBN-13: 978-0425044773
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I understand that the USSR needs to be portrayed as this monolithic entity to even start the fighting, but, its ability to seemingly unite disparate geopolitical groups under a single banner seems...unrealistic at best. The idea that Egypt will suddenly unify and conquer all of the major oil-producing states without a MASSIVE retaliation is a problem.
Also, the over-emphasis on S. Africa (both the country and the region) is strange - think of all of the various ethnic-, national-, and tribal- subgroups involved in the scramble for power following the Collapse of Rhodesia/the isolation of the apartheid SA govt, how would these forces ally to make a single united front against SA? Remember that the Great African War starts only a few years (in our real timeline) after this - I'm sure that SA could subvert/bribe/ideologically motivate at least a few of them enough to drive wedges into the movement - Remember that the Rhodesian infantry had significant African components against Mugabe's forces.
TLDR - the fight scenes are awesome, but, too many assumptions (without reference to actual social divisions/power struggles) need to be made to make those fights happen.