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The War After Armageddon by Ralph Peters

The War After Armageddon (edition 2009)

by Ralph Peters

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Title:The War After Armageddon
Authors:Ralph Peters
Info:Forge Books (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Read 2012, Science Fiction, Your library
Tags:Science Fiction (post-apocalyptic)

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This "novel" describes a world future that pits radical Islam v Christianity. It reads like a war game. Themes include contemporary issues dealing with religious fanaticism, nuclear proliferation, and dependence on advancements in technology for warfare. The characters range from very tactical Marines to the Army Corps commanders. I found them intriguing and the twists of plot involving them were exciting--right through the epilogue. The book was very thought provoking; those who say it couldn't happen have their head in the sand or somewhere else where it's dark. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 12, 2015 |
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The writing is not bad, but the whole premise, while cautionary in nature, is really too much, specifically the alliance part... ( )
  Guide2 | Dec 9, 2012 |
Ralph Peter's latest novel is about a war in the Middle East with an America that became an actual Christian nation in the aftermath of LA and Las Vegas being nuked. A new arm of the military is formed from the best equipment and personnel of the other services; essentially a reincarnation of the old Crusade-era military orders.

Two of his hobby horse topics figure prominently: religious fanaticism and our military's over-reliance on technology. Regarding the former, our country is far too secularized for something like his scenario to happen. I suspect a nuclear war would have the opposite effect. Nominally Christian or religious people would drop the pretense and openly admit they're agnostic or atheist.

On the second front, I'm glad he keeps writing books with more scenarios demonstrating how technology can fail. We need to be able to operate without it. Soldiers will always gripe about having to do land navigation with a map and compass. But the old-school methods will always work, even when GPS doesn't.

I'm a big fan of Peter's writing, but this is my least favorite of his novels. It's well written as usual, with the perspective only an old-grizzled soldier can offer. But the plot is just too implausible in my mind. While Peters understands the people and culture of the former Soviet states, his Muslim Arab characters don't seem as real to me. ( )
  nathanm | May 29, 2011 |
This book was great. Not only is the story tight and fast-paced, but it is also thought provoking with character development in such a way that you feel you are there in dialogue with them. This novel deals with three contemporary issues regarding war and religion dealing with (a) religious fanaticism, (b) nuclear proliferation, and (b) dependence on advancements in technology for warfare.

The novel is set in the near future after Islamic extremists overcome Eurpoe, the Middle East including the Land of Israel, and had detonated nuclear bombs on American soil. The backlash in America is fierce against Muslims resulting in the formation of a military unit alongside and in competition with the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. This new military arm - the Military Order of the Brothers in Christ (MOBIC) - are devoted to the Christian religion so the extent of seeking the extermination of all Muslims with Crusader zeal.

This book comes to terms with hard questions, especially concerning the contest between religious zeal and tolerance, the moral application of war in defense of cherished freedoms threatened and how far ought that defense be exercised, and questions the limits and excesses of, specifically, American patriotism.

This is definitely more than a fiction novel. It is a provocateur to incite the mind, challenging the validity of one's own suppositions regarding religion and war, tolerance and intolerance, faith and fanaticism. ( )
  atdCross | May 5, 2011 |
OK so I read another of this authors non fiction books a year or so ago and it was very thought provoking, as was this book. For my taste it was to hard core future war. It seemed to just fictionalize some of his other ideas in "Wars of Blood and Faith". The US becomes a radical Christian book burning place and wages war on the Muslim faith, couldn't happen you say? (That was the most terrifying part off the book for me) How about after a few nuclear weapons go off in the CONUS? Maybe. One thing I did like was the high tech weapons failing and needing to make due with old kit, simple stuff that always works.
  23blue | Feb 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765323559, Hardcover)

Shocking scenes of battle…unforgettable soldiers…heartbreaking betrayals….  In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed…with millions slaughtered.  A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land.


The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.  Hi-tech weaponry is useless and primitive hatreds flare.  Lt. Gen. Gary “Flintlock” Harris and his courageous warriors struggle for America’s survival--with ruthless enemies to their front and treachery at their rear.  Islamist fanatics, crusading Christians, and unscrupulous politicians open the door to genocide.


The War After Armageddon thrusts the reader into a terrifying future in which all that remains is the horror of war--and the inspiration of individual heroism.  A master at bringing to life “the eternal soldier,” Ralph Peters tells a riveting tale that honors those Americans who fight and sacrifice all for a dream of freedom.

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"The War After Armageddon thrusts the reader into a terrifying future in which all that remains is the horror of war - and the inspiration of individual heroism. A master at bringing to life "the eternal soldier," Ralph Peters tells a riveting tale that honors those Americans who fight and sacrifice all for a dream of freedom."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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