The Red Line

Berkley. May 2017. 528p. ISBN 9780425283455. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780698409842. F
OrangeReviewStarThe Russians launch an attack on Germany, and World War III begins in Gragg's intense and gripping debut thriller. Assisting Germany is a team of undermanned American troops who truly have no hope of stopping the onslaught. Young soldiers must rise up, take bold risks, and seek allies if the hostilities are to end favorably for everyone. This frightening and realistic scenario will be compared to Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, as both titles deal with war and the horrors of the battlefield. The characters are more fully developed here, intensifying the emotional repercussions of the fighting. One hopes that World War III will never happen, but if it did then this book could easily become nonfiction.
VERDICT Difficult reading, not for the writing, which is stellar, but rather owing to the timeliness and authenticity of the story. Recommended for fans of military and futuristic thrillers.

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