- Hardcover: 414 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (24 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250040469
- ISBN-13: 978-1250040466
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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YOU HAVE TO READ BK1 AND IT GOT THE SAME RATING.
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Author Campbell has the necessary background to write a realistic military novel. He's a retired Navy Commander, served on four nuclear powered submarines, and ended his career in Washington D.C.
This is a scary book. It deals with the military threat of China. After warning of the threat of what could happen if the U.S. signed an resource allocation agreement with its allies, leaving out China, Christine O'Connor National Security Advisor to the President heads to Beijing, China to try to head off disastrous decisions. But China moves ahead with plans in the making for years and suddenly China and the U.S. along with some allies are at war.
This book seemed too possible and that's why it's scary. Author Campbell has formidable military experience of his own plus he consulted with other experts across the spectrum to make this book as authentic as possible.
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I was very, very wrong. Now, I don't know much about submarines. But I know quite a bit about airplanes... And the opening aerial battle in "Empire Rising" [no spoilers, don't worry] was so stupidly unrealistic and absurd that I put the book down right then and there and couldn't stomach continuing. The scene was worse than Top Gun, but without any of the fun swagger and jokes (and lack of pretension) that makes one forgive Top Gun for it's absurdities.
It's bitterly disappointing to me first because of how much I enjoyed his first book, and second because it makes me concerned for the realism in every other aspect of his books. If the first scene in which he touches on my area of expertise is so absurd that I can't continue reading, are the rest of the scenes (that involve other aspects of war about which I know very little, like submarines) similarly absurd, and I just don't know it?
I love books that explore realistic war and geopolitical scenarios. This is not one of them. I've been an Amazon member for years and years and never written a review until now - that's how disappointed I was by that scene.