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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best and most realistic modern war novels ever., 18 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: Protect and Defend (Paperback)
An up-to-the-minute look at what could happen if Russia descended into anarchy because of the people's disappointment with glasnost and political reforms. The Anarchists, a Russian-based group of international terrorists are causing disasters and rioting in the world's capitals, including Beijing, London(a riot at a football match at Wembley stadium) and at various locations across America. Then the US President is assassinated at an election campaign and Gordon Davis, the country's first Afro-American vice-president sudddenly takes control. The Anarchists force the Russian ministers to seek political asylum in Sweden; China begins massing its troops and in a bloody onslaught, invades Siberia. A UN force is sent over including American, British, French and German forces to counter the Chinese. Yet it is a desperate struggle. The ground combat scenes in the frozen wastelands are vivdly done, in partcular the subplots of young reserves Harold Stempel and Andre Faulk who go straight out of boot camp into a real combat situation. It seems that America is facing another Vietnam as casualties increase, and it is up to General Nate Clark, the commander-in-chief of Pacific US Army forces and President Davis to find a means to win the campaign to save Russia from China. The method they use is an elaborate twist to the story; the brief aerial scenes featuring an onslaught by AH-64 Apaches Longbow helicopters and the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber, and brief appearances by B-52s, but without all too much technobabble are superbly orchestrated and there is a greater emphasis on the compelling human emotional stories throughout the conflict as opposed to every nut and bolt of the equipment used, which can be common in this type of novel. One goof though, the Wembley Stadium scene features a Liverpool versus London match. London has many football teams, including Chelsea, West Ham Utd, Arsenal, of course. But this is fiction and I did indeed point this out to Mr Harry himself, mentioning that you never know, one day there might even be a London Utd rising from the ashes of a bankrupt side . . . !But don't let this detract you from an outstanding novel. Just don't read it on the London Underground or else you may miss your stop as you won't want to stop reading it! Hugely recommended. This would make a superb movie as well!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potect and Defend blows you away!, 13 Oct. 2003
J. J Kamlani "jotuj" (Fairfield, Connecticut United States) - See all my reviews
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An Anarchist is in charge of Russia, with one goal in mind-total destablization of world powers. An attempt is made on the American President, the only one with the power behind him to oppose this evil dictator.
This book moves at the same pace as Matt Reilly's "Ice Station" and is far better than anything Clancy has ever written! Action, and suspense from first page to last! A lot of fun to read! Any one who enjoyed Matt Reilly's "Ice Station" should go out and get a copy of this book. I garantee, they won't be disappointed!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clancy for the intelligentsia, 3 July 2002
Mr. S. Jones "steve26092" (Reading, UK) - See all my reviews
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Being a Clancy/Larry Bond/Dale Brown I expected this to be something of a clone of that kind of work. I was very wrong.
Protect and Defend has most of the elements of the military-techno-thriller genre, certainly enough to keep a Clancy fan happy, but it has an awesome extra dimension in the geopolitical plotline that the author welds in.
The method in which he constructs the various political environments, especially the "cultivation" of anarchy in Russia, and the manner in which he portrays and develops the lead characters is superbly well done and add up to a very compelling read.
Putting it simply I've owned this book for about two years and have read it at least three or four times. I know that, despite this, when I next pick it off the shelf, I will become captured by the characters, imagery and storyline all over again. In my opinion there are few books, of this type, you can say that about.
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