Ghost fleet A novel of the next world war

P. W. Singer

Book - 2015

"What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy's "ghost fleet." Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans... become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel -- no matter how sci-fi it may seem -- is real, or could be soon. "--

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Subjects
Genres
War stories
Suspense fiction
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015.
Language
English
Item Description
"An Eamon Dolan Book."
Physical Description
ix, 404 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 382-404).
ISBN
9780544142848
0544142845
Main Author
P. W. Singer (-)
Other Authors
August Cole (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Making their fiction debut, 21st-century warfare expert Singer (Wired for War) and Cole, a former Wall Street Journal defense industry reporter, bring an original approach to the military technothriller. In this near-future tale about a joint simultaneous attack on the United States by Russia and China, the authors describe all aspects of war from air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace. The action moves constantly from seats of government to a retired World War II ship stationed in the Pacific. The blending of modern capabilities with old skills is effectively demonstrated by the newly appointed Commander Simmons in the unenviable position of managing an old ship that includes his father as one of the crew. VERDICT Enthusiastically recommended for fans of speculative fiction and war strategy. The authors provide extensive endnotes that support their chilling predictions. [See Kristi Chadwick's Mystery Spotlight, "Not Your Usual Suspects," LJ 4/15/15.—Ed.] [Page 85]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Tom Clancy fans will relish Singer and Cole's first novel, a chilling vision of what might happen in a world war launched by a Chinese sneak attack on America's eyes and brains in outer space. Singer, a military strategist, and Cole, a former defense-industry analyst for the Wall Street Journal, easily wed their knowledge to a fast-moving plot and characters who make an impression, even the minor characters who appear briefly. After the global economy tanks, urban workers' riots sweep China, but instead of repressing the workers themselves, the military ousts the Communist leaders, clearing the way for a new government. When the Chinese strike, the Americans fight back. Among the many heroes is Cmdr. James Simmons, who assumes command of the USS Coronado when its captain is killed. Detailed endnotes documenting the real-world technologies and trends behind the book make the fiction even more plausible. Agent: Dan Mandel, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in theair, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy's "ghost fleet." Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. GhostFleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel -- no matter how sci-fi it may seem -- is real, or could be soon. "--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two authorities on future warfare join forces to create a taut, convincing novel—set in 2026—about a besieged America battling for its very existence.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a near future where China launches a sneak attack on the United States, each world power draws on the lessons of the past and the weapons of the future--including robotic drones and cyberwarfare--to win a high-tech global war.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Two authorities on trends in warfare join forces to create a taut, convincing novel set in the near future in which a besieged America battles for its very existence

Review by Publisher Summary 5

What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic–drone strikes to old warships from the navy’s “ghost fleet.” Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor–style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel — no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real, or could be soon.