Tuesday, 26 September 2017

I've read: Ghost Fleet

by P.W Singer and August Cole


When I bought this book in Hongkonga few months ago, Andreas read the back and was really surprised that I wanted to read it. I think the main reason for him thinking so was because this is a book that is set in the real world (only a few years in the future) and that it's about war. Not usually my cup of tea. But something about it had intrigued me, so I though - why not?


In this book we get an insight in what the Third World War might look like. It's scary. It's realistic. It's quite fascinating and thought-provoking. I will not tell you too much about who the "bad guys" is in this book, but since the authors are american I'll let slip that it's not the USA. Russia and China are involved, but Europe plays only a minor part.


Most of the story takes place on a warship, in Silicone Valley and on Hawaii. We get to follow a few people, a marine, a girl whose fiance is killed and a genius engineer among others. The story shift perspective very often and it is fast paced and although not always action filled. 


A few pages in I started to think that Andreas might have been right, and that this book was nothing for me. But I didn't give up. I though it focused a little too much on military strategy and technologies - which isn't very strange since that's basically the themes of this book. But a bit too much for my taste. On the other hand, once I was familiar enough with the characters it got more interesting and even a bit thrilling at times. I'm pretty sure this would make a very nice action movie!

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