‘Ghost Fleet’, by P. W. Singer and August Cole, is a novel describing the next world war as a confrontation primarily between the US and China.
The event starts some time in the not so distant future, and describes events that lead to this confrontation. The book then focuses primarily on how the confrontation plays out – not only on land via traditional warfare, but also in space, via cyberspace, and on land using advanced new military technologies.
The book does do a good job of creatively envisioning the world political environment in the future, and also how advanced technologies will be possibly used in future warfare. Interestingly, the authors claim that these technologies are already developed (at least in research laboratories), and they include references in the bibliography supporting this statement.
The challenge with this book is that the authors jump around different sub-plots quite quickly and have included a large number of characters. It is not that easy to keep track of everyone, so sometimes one starts a new chapter and is trying to then re-connect this to something read earlier.
The plot, while decent, does lack certain items. The build-up with regards to the reasons for the conflict occurring happens quite quickly, and more time could have been spent on this part. The conclusion is also OK, but could have had a stronger conclusion.
Thus, overall, it is an OK book which might be good for those really interested in this topic. For all others, I wouldn’t highly recommend this book.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Parental Rating: 18+