Invasion Paperback – 7 Sep 2000
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Truly an epic, with the action switching rapidly all over the globe, and cleverly interweaving. A really powerful read. (Manchester Evening Guardian about PROTECT AND DEFE)
A near-future epic of global conflict - that might be - from the man who will replace Clancy.See all Product Description
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Logically if one wishes to dominate the plannet then one has to deal with the United States. Both the Germans and the Japanese learned to their cost what happens when you leave the USA to its own devices.
I agree that the plot at times seems a bit contrived, but that is a minor quibble, and I disagree with the rewviewer that thought that the anti-helicoper mine used by Special Forces soldier Captain Jim Hart was fantastical. Modern battlefield SAM systems such as Stinger and Startreak will knock down a target 95% of the time, and automatic launching systems for anti-tank missiles already exist. The British Army use an anti-tank mine based on the LAW-80 which uses a laser system to tell the missile when to fire. I would not be surprised to see a similar system in service for SAMs by the second or third decade of this century when the novel appears to be set.
Harry also does a great service by demonstrating that not all future wars will be bloodless, or walkovers for the West. While all of the talk in the past few years has been about 'Operations other than War' -Peacekeeping, the potential for a major world war still exists out there, and Harry has given us a timely warning of this.Read more ›
The story was fascinating to anyone with a vague knowledge of America; but as a twenty year old suburban anyone with no memory of even the Falklands War, it was terrifying but compelling to think about what would happen if my world suddenly fell apart, my house and family destroyed, my country chaged beyond recongnition, and me expected, overnight, to turn into a fighting machine ready to kill and maim hundreds of equally misplaced kids.
The story was much better written with its interlocking characters than had it just been a purely strategic and military story of a battle. Harry is a twenty-first century answer to the Great War poets and authors for thought-provoking-ness; and an equal of Tom Clancy.
But if you want an idea of what a land war would be like in the US, this is a chilling account of a large-scale infantry war in a country not so far from home.
The book is set in the near future where technological advancements in missile technology has effectively removed aircraft and armor from the battlefield. The US and its European allies have lost control of the oceans to a huge Chinese navy. The shores of the United States suddenly become vulnerable to invasion. Both sides have invested in nuclear shields, so the war reverts back to the hard slog of combat on the ground, which is graphically described.
You might think it couldn't happen here. This book shows you what would happen if it did.
Yes, the characterisation is poor, the plot often highly contrived, but I couldn't put it down.
Harry's especial forte in Arc Light and Protect And Defend was his gritty realism, his ability to give a coherent overview of a complex world situation by laying a mosaic of extremely short narrative cuts and his strict use of "show, don't tell" in presenting the main characters to the reader. Add as well his obvious enjoyment of breaking genre formulas (Arc Light _starting_ with a nuclear exchange, ie.).
Regrettably, all of that is missing here. The strategic situation remains confusing (not to say improbable) despite more verbose text. The lead characters are in focus more of the time, but the extended character backgrounds reads like soap opera. And where a certain amount of US patriotism in the earlier books was easily digested, this one reads like a political tract, Hollywood style.
This is not to say that there is not traces of the "old" Harry in this novel. The problem is, it reads as if it was written by two people, one of which is a soap opera hack hell-bent on destroying Harry's earlier reputation.
I'll give it 2 points, hoping Harry's next novel will restore him as my favourite author of techno thrillers.
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China takes on the world and wins then takes on America. A good read and well thought out tactics.Published on 4 Aug. 2011 by Amazon Customer
I have now read this book several times over the last few years and it's a great holiday read.
Obviously it isn't anything close to being true but it is quite thought... Read more
Invasion suffers from really poor characterisation and has far too much reliance on coincidence to drive the plot forward. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2005 by Tralfamadore
This is a book that I could not put down - if you like Tom Clancy, you will love this.
The thinking is right out of the ball park, and as for 'Arc Light' this novel starts... Read more
A good story building on the future which when China and the far east does use it's manpower and technology, could become the next flash point .. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2001 by email@example.com
It may be a fictional novel, but it is first rate one it shows that no matter the technological advances the outcome of a battle is always down to the Land soldiers and the... Read morePublished on 24 July 2001 by K MARTIN
I found this a reasonable book, but I was unhappy at a number of the plot points, especially the buildup and execution of the extreemly pants ending. Read morePublished on 22 April 2001 by Jockstar