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The opening was great, shows this guy knows how to write. I was pretty excited because it had intrigue (spy stuff) and is based in reality. And then it went downhill. Unfortunately the author talks about his experiences and just fluffs a little prose around quotes he gets from people in high positions in various departments and countries. Here's a quick summary: Russia and China are building ships and satellites and engaging in cyber war.
The Shadow War by CNN reporter Jim Scuitto reads like one of his extended reports – informative but not the full story. He argues that other countries – specifically China & Russia, have been engaged in what he describes as a 'shadow war' – a death-by-a-thousand-cuts conflict where no single incidence rises to the declaration of full hostilities. He points to China’s land-grab of South China Sea archipelagos converted into man-made islands. These 'unsinkable aircraft carriers’ are intended to deter vulnerable US aircraft carriers from entering Asian waters and thus challenges our marine superiority. He notes the rapid buildup of the Chinse navy is expected to exceed ours in number of war vessels within a decade. He points to Chinese and Russian advances in space warfare demonstrating 'hunter-killer' satellites ultimately capable of disabling our ability to target missiles and smart bombs. He details the advances and remarkable buildup that the Russian navy has achieved in submarines and hypersonic missiles. He concludes with the Russian gambit to tilt our 2016 presidential election away from interventionist Hillary Clinton. Throughout he cites only US government and military sources whose job it is to be paranoid, but leaves out the ‘why’ of what motivates China & Russia to such behavior.