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Unfortunate decline from the first to the second book - now down to 'Red Dawn' level,
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This review is from: Occupied Seattle (Kindle Edition)
This is the second and final installment of the 'Occupied Seattle' series on the Chinese occupation of Seattle, with the aim of keeping the US out of their attempt to recapture Taiwan. While the first book (Red Tide: The Chinese Invasion of Seattle (Occupied Seattle Book 1)) provided some intriguing ideas on how the Chinese could attempt to keep the US out, the plot degenerates completely in the second book - now the Chinese are completely inept and fall for every trick a 15 year old could devise. Sadly, the author threw away a good opportunity for an interesting military thriller and had it descend to a gung-ho 'Red Dawn' style brag fest.
The book continues with the same cast of characters - a Navy SEAL, a shot down F/A-18 pilot and some Rangers - who are the only force standing between the Chinese and victory. Only this time the Chinese appear to have lost all planning capabilities, and descend in their effectiveness to the level of a Third World warlord led force. They get their behinds kicked in every possible way, from shotgun equipped soldiers shooting down scores of attack helicopters, to policemen destroying armored formations.
The way the book goes, the US military would only need about thirty such 'Rambo' figures for a complete world domination. While the relative effectiveness of special forces is unmistakeable, the author just goes so far as to make it all comical. Unlike in the first book, where the author demonstrates his knowledge of the subject matter (being a military pilot himself), here the mistakes accumulate, or alternatively his wish to make the win appear easy leads to extreme exaggeration.
If you were thinking of getting a balanced account of how the occupation of Seattle could end (with a US win of course), the book is likely to disappoint thoroughly. On the other hand, it may just work as mindless action entertainment - here at least the author made some progress compared with the first book in that complete data sheets of each piece of equipment are no longer constantly quoted, making for a better flowing read. In the end one can say that the author sadly squanders the interesting preparation made in the first book and that this one could have been so much more.