Best read this after getting most of the Ember War under your belt, for maximum enjoyment.
It’s kind of a prequel set in Australia in the aftermath of a disastrous war between China and parts of the former NATO bloc, that saw A newly imperialist China ascendant in the region.
But Chinese military might is stretched thin in its most disputed new territory: Australia.
Atlantic Union armour units deploy into the meat-grinder hell of guerilla war and attrition. The local Ozzie militias, levies and regulars are more than skeptical of sudden outside help.
Fox does a pretty good job of getting the strong Northern Territory accent down without going over the top, mostly. Cultural references abound and are pretty much perfect.
The best bit is capturing the ambivalence of Australian military history, both the bitterness at being drawn into other people’s bloody wars, and the pride at standing by allies at all cost. These meet up in some of the most compelling characters of the entire Ember Wars series, Digger and Payne, you really shouldn’t miss these guys, they are great.
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