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Larry Bond
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1 April 1999

In a world no longer dominated by two super powers, the theatre of conflict has shifted to the Third World - but with a deadly uncertainty never known before. The flashpoint is South Africa where a repressive regime has catapulted to power. The result is a conflict that will rage across the whole of southern Africa. It will realise many of man's worst fears, including the full-scale use of both chemical and nuclear weapons. It will raise the nightmare spectre of race war, global economic collapse, and Armageddon itself.

As chaos threatens to spread across an entire continent, the United States mobilises for the military operation code-named Brave Fortune, the campaign it cannot afford to lose. Here are the weapons and the warfare, the diplomatic intrigue and the blueprints for modern combat that exemplify the art of the techno-thriller at its finest.


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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751500003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751500004
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The technothriller has a new ace, and his name is Larry Bond. (Tom Clancy)

Displays a knowledge of modern weaponry and war than can only be described as state of the art. (Steven Coonts)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the end of the U.S.-Soviet confrontation created both a problem and a challenge to "future war" novelists: how do you create believable scenarios in which America and her allies fight against possible real-world enemies? After all, with the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the scaling back of U.S. forces in Europe, a Red Storm Rising-class World War III novel was obsolete. But at the same time, the military-fiction genre was still very viable...as long as writers came up with credible adversaries to cause havoc in the world.
Vortex, Larry Bond and Patrick Larkin's second collaborative effort, is set in early 1990s South Africa before the white minority relinquished its death-grip on power. It paints a dark scenario of a desperate Boer-dominated government using its military and police to destabilize neighboring "black" African nations and fight a Marxist-leaning African National Congress and its armed guerrillas.
Vortex starts out, as many techno-thrillers often do, with a seemingly isolated event. In the prologue, a team of South African Army commandos and a black ANC turncoat execute a raid on an ANC safe house/headquarters in Gawamba, Zimbabwe. Led by Capt. Rolf Bekker, the South African commandos wipe out an ANC guerrilla cell and capture a safe full of documents (which they photograph and leave apparently undiscovered), then return to their base without serious loss.
In Bond's alternate history, years of sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to end apartheid and white rule of the Union of South Africa. Instead, the Boers (descendants of South Africa's original Dutch settlers) who dominate the government have become more repressive and paranoid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars TIGHTER EDITING PERHAPS! 2 Sep 2000
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Larry Bond does a good job in Vortex, as in the rest of his novels. Sadly, this book suffers by excessive length (much like Clancy's works). I think if both of these writers paid attention to the British techno-thriller writer, John Templeton Smith and his elegantly written novel "White Lie" (Templeton Smith has been around longer than Clancy), they would find that you certainly can fit a quart into a pint pot.
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Larry Bond is from the Tom Clancy School and that's no bad thing. This book contains all the elements of a great political-military thriller. As if there's one thing this book does well its keep you, metaphorically, on the edge of your seat. The twist's and turns of the story are extremely interesting while the battle scenes are as good as anything around. If you like your modern military books e.g. Red Storm Rising you'll love this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa Explodes in Bond's Technothriller... 6 Nov 2003
By Alex Diaz-Granados - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the end of the U.S.-Soviet confrontation created both a problem and a challenge to "future war" novelists: how do you create believable scenarios in which America and her allies fight against possible real-world enemies? After all, with the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the scaling back of U.S. forces in Europe, a Red Storm Rising-class World War III novel was obsolete. But at the same time, the military-fiction genre was still very viable...as long as writers came up with credible adversaries to cause havoc in the world.
Vortex, Larry Bond and Patrick Larkin's second collaborative effort, is set in early 1990s South Africa before the white minority relinquished its death-grip on power. It paints a dark scenario of a desperate Boer-dominated government using its military and police to destabilize neighboring "black" African nations and fight a Marxist-leaning African National Congress and its armed guerrillas.
Vortex starts out, as many techno-thrillers often do, with a seemingly isolated event. In the prologue, a team of South African Army commandos and a black ANC turncoat execute a raid on an ANC safe house/headquarters in Gawamba, Zimbabwe. Led by Capt. Rolf Bekker, the South African commandos wipe out an ANC guerrilla cell and capture a safe full of documents (which they photograph and leave apparently undiscovered), then return to their base without serious loss.
In Bond's alternate history, years of sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to end apartheid and white rule of the Union of South Africa. Instead, the Boers (descendants of South Africa's original Dutch settlers) who dominate the government have become more repressive and paranoid. For their part, the ANC's leaders have grown weary of waiting for the West to press for change by peaceful means, and Marxist hard-liners have come up with a campaign code named Broken Covenant. Its goal: to win by force what years of negotiations and international condemnation have not...the end of white rule and the establishment of a black-dominated government. And by the end of the novel, South Africa's internal strife becomes a conflict pitting Anglo-American forces against various opponents, including Cuban Army units sent by Fidel Castro.
Bond's depiction of a war in South Africa now seems a bit of a stretch, but given that he was a former naval intelligence officer (and designer of the Harpoon war game), perhaps his research into apartheid-era South African affairs gave him insights that most of his readers didn't have. At times the depiction of the South African "bad guys" reminds one of Hitler's Third Reich, especially when Bond and Larkin write about the more die-hard racist government ministers; Karl Vorster, a South African Hitler-like figure and Marius van der Heijden, deputy minister of Law and Order, who seems to have studied under Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler, so extreme are his racist views. But as in many World War II novels, there are "good" South Africans who, when push comes to shove, find the courage to rise against the injustices that they have previously defended.
Of course, it helps to have a little mix of romance, youthful rebellion and a healthy dose of American firepower, and as in Red Phoenix, American weaponry and military units play a huge role in Vortex's plot. In some ways, it's formulaic and the reader knows things will have a rosy ending, but in other ways Vortex is fascinating. Readers will be surprised to know how puritanical the Boer society was (a friend of mine who visited South Africa in the late '70s said Playboy-style magazines were not sold there) and how tense relations used to be between the Dutch- and English-descended whites. The officers with English surnames are often distrusted by their Boer counterparts and are often more critical of apartheid than is healthy for their careers. But just as there are "good Germans" in WWII fact and fiction, there are also "good Boers" who join forces with American and British troops to end the bloody conflict that threatens to end their country's very existence.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very strong effort from Bond 19 Jun 2001
By Timothy J. Kindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read and enjoyed three other novels by Bond, I have been working my way through his previous works. With Vortex, I was not disappointed. Vortex was a very strong effort, albeit not quite as good as Bond's Red Phoenix which was truly outstanding. Bond presents another high-tech military thriller -- in this case set in South Africa. The storyline is entirely plausible, with a key event putting the country in turmoil and setting the stage for all of the fast and furious action that is to follow. As in Bond's other works, character development is solid, diverse and believable. The reader truly understands not only the emotional turmoil of battle, but also the underlying political issues of South Africa and the surrounding region. If you like Bond or the military thriller in general, Vortex will be a worthwhile read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and different! 8 Jun 1998
By Forbeswarren@btinternet.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What if a white supremacist brought back apartheid into South Africa and used any means of military force at his disposal to make South Afric make some kind of military gain? This scenario is thoroughly well explored. The format is Larry Bond`s typical format - interesting political background, skirmishes and then the big shooting war! South African forces invade Namibia to regain their old territories, the various guerilla groups in Zimbabwe and Zambia make their views heard and then Cuba, who are occupying Angola take advantage of South African dictator Karl Vorster's invasion of Namibia to pour into his country from Mozambique. The US, worried about this war causing a world recession(South Africa is rich in diamonds and other strategic minerals) decide to take military action, along with various British armed forces, who are well portrayed and represented. The action is first rate, the military hardware is well researched and accurate and the nuclear and chemical attack scenes are vividly done. After I read this book, I heard on the TV news about Pakistan and India's nuclear testing programs, and there was a brief mention of a South African nuclear weapons project . . . spooky! There's even a hint of romance between an American reporter caught up in the war and an Afrikaaner female journalist whose father is on Vorster's committee, which is done very well, better than the pulp romances that dumb housewives feed on. Altogether, this is Larry Bond's best, equal to Red Phoenix, so far. This would make one hell of an excellent movie! If you like your action explosive, this is for you!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before the Rainbow Nation.... 21 Sep 2000
By Allan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There was apartheid. An evil stain across the face of a great nation. As it started to crumble, Brown wrote about what might happen, if....
It was actually rather nice, if not down-right gob-smackingly amazing - to find apopular U.S. author who specialises in techno-military-thrillers acknowledging that life does exist south of the Equator.
Bond writes good stuff. This a great, galloping read. It proceeds at an enormous pace, like a grass fire across the veldt. Anyone who enjoys a story of sweat, blood, terror, and war... well, this one's for you. Enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ENGROSSING 23 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I read by Larry Bond. I became absolutly engrossed in this book, and was very disappointed when it came to an end. I started reading Vortex at about the same time that South Africa was going through their elections. With this book Larry Bond has gained a diehard fan. I now read anything that comes out with his name on it. I look forward to see what he does next. Through Amazon.com I have been made aware that there is one Larry Bond book that I didn't read, "Battles of the Third World War", I see that it came out in 1987. I will be sending for it. My only question about Vortex is" when is the movie coming out "? This book needs a movie, if ever a book needed to be turned into movie, this is it. Keep up the very good work.
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