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A Lesson About Conducting War Rather Than A Novel Set Around A Background Of War
on 4 April 2013
I don't know anything about the author but, having read this book, its clear that he must have a healthy understanding of military life in sub-zero temperatures. The conflict that he has constructed between China and the United States is very vividly portrayed. The writing style is fast-paced. The rationale for the war is realistically explained. No heroes emerge on either side: no out-of-this-world "Rambo" types.
On the downside, the main characters were a little one dimensional and lacked development. It was hard to identify with those involved in the story and I suppose I never found myself caring as to their fate - and, in a tragic war setting, I really should have been drawn into whatever motivation drove them. The emphasis is on the heavy artillery combat rather than person-to-person exchanges. Also, although the novel was set over a 5-month period, this fact came as a bit of a surprise to me; the time period felt more like 5-days, resulting in some confusion at times.
Overall, this is an OK read. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys learning how heavy artillery works in action. I will eventually read the next book in the series but I'm in no great hurry.