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Interesting and exciting take on How it Might Have Been
am 3. Oktober 1999
This book of course is dated, but it is an interesting play-through of the maritime doctrine of that period. Key battles, including aerial, are at sea (or depend on seapower) since the book was derived from the wargame, Harpoon designed by TC's colleague Larry Bond, a techno-thriller author in his own right.
The tale is not typical of Clancy, in that he doesn't stay with a single set of characters, but there is a lot of cutting to the different theaters of war... cinemtatic technique typical of a wartime documentary, familiar to us from the opening scenes of "Saving Private Ryan".
All in all, an easily digestible way to revisit the way in which the US Navy imagined the Big One with the Evil Empire would play out...at least this is the way they projected it to the Congressional appropriations committees.
For a more prosaic, less dramatic, play-through of the view from 1978, read Sir John Hackett, et. al., The Third World War, August, 1985. The Hackett committee's style mimics the military history textbook for those who prefer that approach. It also reflects NATO's wish list as of 1978 to meet the apparent Soviet Airland threat.
This "Imaginary War Novel" has a history going back to the British Colonel of Volunteers, Sir George T. Chesney, whose 1871 _The Battle of Dorking_ projected a German invasion of the British Isles. It is interesting that Tom Clancy stepped out of character to try his hand at the genre before returning to his more character-centered tecnhothrillers.