BATTLEFIELD UKRAINE: by James Rosone and Miranda Watson
Battlefield Ukraine is the type of novel I would not mind writing – and perhaps I will write one day. So this is a high compliment (IMHO). After over fifteen years of the war on terrorism, most novels are focused on counter-terrorism operations, Islamic extremism, espionage, and other small-unit / small scale conflict. This novel aims to follow in the footsteps and style of Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, Harold Coyle’s Team Yankee, Bob Forrest-Webb’s Chieftains, and Larry Bond novels. It does a good job, bearing in mind this genre has some limitations. Most importantly, while this novel has similarities with Red Storm Rising and similar books, it is an important political and technological update. Red Storm Rising is quite dated with references to SM-1s, F-14s, F-19 stealth fighters, etc. Also think about what that novel does not have: B-2 bombers, F-22s, F-35s, Javelins, GPS, JDAMs, etc.
These novels are action and equipment oriented and cover the whole spectrum of warfare, from the trench to the President. They are not character driven except for a few characters who get a bit more page space than others. This genre of novel simply cannot be a spiritual journey of redemption and discovery as they usually cover the perspectives of both sides and different military occupations (armor, infantry, aircraft pilot, intelligence analyst, spy, political leader, etc.). And, frankly, I do not read these books for their “characters” but for the action and the fictional portrayal of force-on-force war. Other books or types of books will cover one man’s search for himself amidst war and tragedy – but these will be focused on that person, and not cover dozens of aspects of warfare and geopolitics.