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“Red Metal is red hot! Packed with action, intrigue and a plot ripped right from today’s headlines—you won’t be able to put this one down. If you enjoy finely-crafted military thrillers, you will love Red Metal.”—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Backlash
"A fast-paced thriller featuring nonstop action and a little something for everyone...Think Red Storm Rising but ten times faster, with more action and Greaney’s familiar, smooth style...Red Metal is a once-in-a-generation type thriller that is not to be missed."—The Real Book Spy
“Mark Greaney’s first standalone thriller hits you like a thunderbolt and truly lives up to the phrase ‘can’t put it down.’”—New York Journal of Books
“All of Greaney’s considerable talents are on display here, honed to an even sharper edge by the still-serving Rawlings’ battlefield expertise. This is the modern-day equivalent of Red Storm Rising and not to be missed by those who like their pages gun-metal strong.”—Providence Journal
“As with all of Greaney's work, this is a fun read. If only all our wars were fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is powerful material, required reading for anyone interested in modern warfare."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A must, naturally, for Clancy fans.”—Booklist
“A fast-paced, riveting story about heart and courage taking a stand against impossible odds.”—Shelf Awareness
Praise for Mark Greaney
“Mark Greaney reigns as one of the recognized masters of action and adventure.”—New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Steve Berry
“Nobody is on a hotter streak right now than Mark Greaney.”—The Real Book Spy
"[A] high-energy thriller...Clancy fans will have a blast”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced [and] tightly written...A great ride.”—New York Times bestselling author Larry Bond
“Bourne for the new millennium.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins
About the Author
Lt Col Hunter "Rip" Rawlings IV is an active duty Marine and a veteran of combat with over ten tours to Afghanistan (OEF), Iraq (OIF), Saudi Arabia and Northern Africa (OEF) to name a few. An Infantry and LAV Reconnaissance Officer by trade. A former company commander, FAST det. commander and an infantry battalion commander of the 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Rawlings service to the Nation spanned more than twenty-two years of active duty. His last assignment was in Quantico Marine Base as the Warfighting Department Head for Marine Corps Command & Staff College. In his spare time, Lt. Col. Rawlings is an avid scuba diver, hunter, motorcyclist, rock drummer, small-craft sailor and microbrewer of fine beer. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07JL49X3Z
- Publisher : Berkley (July 16, 2019)
- Publication date : July 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4708 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 652 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,495 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book was somewhat Marine-Centric with the an LTC Marine analyst leading the way from the Pentagon to a Rare Earth mine in Africa. He turns in his ink pen for an M4 as he heads to war. This only after going around an incompetent Navy admiral who happened to be his immediate superior.
IMHO, the book glossed over some things. The Russians took out the U.S. Air Force base at Ramstein. Apparently without any aircraft getting off the ground. Lost communications was the reason. My first thought was "when pigs fly." The fight immediately was pushed to the tank crews and Polish resistance to prosecute. Only a few aircraft were able to join in the fight. You can read the list of characters in the front of the book to see what I mean.
Four B1 Lancers were shot down easily by Chinese-made missiles thus transitioning the fight to the Marines on the ground. No electronic countermeasures by the Bones? My first thought was "when pigs fly." They Marines are supported by the brave female submarine captain who leads her ship close enough to do cause damage to some offloading Russian hardware and fuel supply ships thus giving the Marines a chance.
Low flying helicopters and diving F-35 stealth fighters are getting shot down by Russian ZSU anti-air armor thus transitioning the fight to the Marine infantry. Is this even possible? I hope someone smarter than I am on Russian stealth interdiction and targeting low flying aircraft can answer that one. I've read that it's difficult to get a weapons great radar lock on a "low observable" aircraft like the F-35.
Where I'm going with all this is that the authors, in my uneducated opinion, overused Murphy's Law and downplayed American air capability in order to produce a still great military tale based primarily on Army Tankers and Marines. For this reason, I'm not sure I'd call it similar to Clancy's Red Storm Rising, but it is a great read. If you're looking for F-15's and Raptors doing battle with Russian aircraft, this book doesn't contain them.
At the very outset of the book, these events occur.
In Taiwan a sniper kills the opposition candidate who advocates joining mainland China. The assassin leaves clues that he’s allied with the government in power. The world is furious with the government, and China masses its military near Taiwan and issues an ultimatum that they will invade if the government is re-elected in four months.
The U.S. pulls out most of its forces from other regions around the world and concentrates them near Taiwan. A video goes viral on the internet showing the two most important and capable U.S. commanders for the Taiwan region in flagrante delicto. They’re married, but not to each each other, and are removed from office.
While the U.S. has assembled nearly all its forces near Taiwan, the Russian Federation sends heavy forces to take over a mine in Kenya with most of the world’s deposit of rare earth minerals vital to military and other hi-tech equipment. The Federation also devises a spear attack into Stuttgart, where NATO’s command for Africa is located.
Then Greaney goes on to vividly describe the consequences of these actions and many, many more. The scenes of combat are ultra realistic.
The lives of the characters are richly described, and the book is flawlessly written, as usual for Greaney.
Martin Fricke, Ph.D.
Well, I have now finished the book. It was literally a "could not put down" book. So realistic, I wouldn't be surprised if something like this would happen somewhere in the world. And the ending, without giving anything away, was both wonderful and bittersweet. It makes me feel good about the men and women we have in the military, watching out for us each and every day.
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The French Army in Kenya. The French Army has never been in Kenya, it has always been safely inside the UK sphere of influence. It was originally part of the Empire from the late 1800s until independence in 1964, after which it joined the British Commonwealth. The French “bit” of Africa is over in West Africa and consists of a huge amount of desert. It is also keeping the French armed forces fully tied up trying to contain various Islamic fundamentalist Jihadists wandering the desert pathways. The UK is involved over there providing strategic airlift to France, something they lack themselves. In addition to these points it is also worth pointing out that the UK has a battalion training in Kenya for something like 6 months of the year, so if the Kenyans were to request anyone’s support, it would naturally be the army that has experience working in their environment and with their army.
Russian Army Structure. The authors make a great deal about the Russians employing a Brigade for their strategic Operational raids into Germany and Kenya. Throughout the narrative, however, the authors continuously refer to Regiments as part of the brigade. I suggest a quick Google search of Russian Rifle Regiment to get some background. A MRR is in every other army’s terminology, a Brigade. It consists of 3 or 4 combat battalions with supporting arms. A Motor Rifle Division consists of three or more MRR plus supporting arms (artillery, engineers, AD etc). It is therefore quite clear that the Russian forces in each theatre are a strong divisional sized formation with a full range of supporting arms.
Russian hacking. The authors have the whole gamut of NATO communications taken down by elite hackers. Unfortunately this is just not going to happen since NATO secure communications are not connected in any way to the internet so cannot he hacked by the Russians. So in the event of a Russian attack NATO forces would be in communication with each other and their Supreme Operational HQ at Mons in Belgium from the very first moment, and certainly by the time the Russians bounce the early Polish forces.
Russian Air Attacks. As the opening stage of the Russian attack, Russian Air Force aircraft penetrate NATO airspace to attack satellites over Germany. There is some hat tipping towards the NAEW force in Germany, but it does not get off its backside. This is a travesty of the real situation. NATO maintain an Air Policing Mission at all times (24/7) over the eastern border. This consists of at least two two ship patrols north and south and backed up at all times by at least one AWACS. While it is possible for Russia to attack satellites over Germany they would e unable to do this with detection and a rapid escalation of the NATO posture
American counter attack. This is formed by a scratch force of logisticians and maintainers at Grafenwohr. I remain confused how a Brigade level force of non-tankers are able to continuously engage with and effectively defeat a formation 3 to 4 times larger composed of combat arms specialists. I was a military maintainer so am happy for my side of the house to get some recognition, but steady boys.
Route in Africa. For some reason the authors have the Russians, with Iranian support decide to invade and take over Djibouti. After securing the port and surrounding area the Russian Brigade (actually read as Division) sets off for Kenya. Unfortunately the only usable road out of Djibouti takes the traffic to Addis Addaba, the capital of Ethiopia. There is no way around this as south and south-east from the port is the Ogaden desert. For reason unknown, the Ethiopian army is not involved is trying to stop a Russian force invading their country. No explanation of this is given and no side bar demonstrates that the authors understand this. If you ever visit Ethiopia you will discover that the infrastructure does not support the sort of forces being deployed here, and getting a force of this size and complexity over the Ethiopian escarpment would be a major achievement in its own right. Given that Mogadishu in Somalia is not defended by an army and is very close to the northern border of Kenya, one has to wonder why that was not the chosen drop odd spot – easy to reach, no local opposition and shorter travel to destination.
My last comment is about the NATO response. There is none, even though SACEUR would have the following forces at his disposal from day one: French Rapid Reaction Corps at Lille, German Dutch Corps at Munster, Westphalia, UK 1st Armoured Division North Germany, EuroCorps at Strasbourg, plus additional US Forces throughout Germany – and that is just the army boys. As already identified above, NATO secure comms would have been buzzing from the moment the Russians crossed into Poland and SACEUR in Mons would have taken very strong and immediate action to marshal Allied forces and respond quickly.
US Marines. I thought the whole Marines thing worked well, the dialogue was robust and punchy, just what you expect from good troops of this type. The combat sequences were very authentic and well written and I had no problem with that aspect of the story. It is a pity that the strong effort here was let down by poor research on these other points.
On the flip-side, the actual premise of the book (essentially Russian army units invade all the way into Germany, with no-one stopping them, aided by hackers magically switching off air defences and so-forth) is truly ridiculous. Hacking is not magic and cannot simply switch off firewalled systems, the Russians could never get that far that quickly. Also, the MacGuffin of the story (rare earth metals that can only be extracted from a few mines) is basically wrong - "rare earth metals" are not actually as rare as the story makes out. I don't think the comments from some reviewers about this story being "expertly researched" and so-forth are entirely deserved.
All the same this was an entertaining read.
I had previously thought that his one weakness was the lack of technical knowledge of military hardware and tactics, compared to Clancy but the input of a USMC Lt. Colonel has fixed that in spades.
A fast paced, entirely believable novel about Russian ambitions present day that is a guaranteed page turner from start to end.
I read it in just two long sessions and can't wait for more books in this ilk from Mark Greaney.
There's a new king of the techno-thriller and that's Mark Greaney. The other so called 'Clancy' novels by Cameron are a very poor imitation of Clancy’s writing style and best avoided.