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Invasion Paperback – 7 Sep 2000

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (7 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340729015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340729014
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A near-future epic of global conflict - that might be - from the man who will replace Clancy.

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I found the premise of the idea of a rampant Chinese superpower invading the United States after conquering much of the rest of the world a very interesting one, and could not resist buying this book. Clearly I dont't think that it is a sequel to Protect and Defend, which was in no way a sequel to Arc Light. So far all of Harry's books are stand alone efforts. From the continued use of B-1 and B-2 bombers, but not B-52s this book seems to be set at least in 2030 if not 2040.
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.
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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Regardless of possible niggling over whether it could happen some fifteen years time and what it would be like if it did; this is a damn fine book which was very hard to put down. I have never read anything else by Eric Harry but I will certainly be doing so now!
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.
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This is a book you'll either love or hate - if you want subtle and complex characterisations this is not the place to go.
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.
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Reasonable read, could not see the world stting back as long as it would have to to let this happen (mental pause and thinks back to 1936-38).Clips along a t a fair pace and its easy to see how hard it would be to defend America against such a numerically stronger foe.
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By A Customer on 7 May 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read an endjoyed Eric L. Harry's previous 3 novels, I was looking forward to this one. I'm sorry to say I was thoroughly disappointed.
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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