2034; A Novel of the Next World War
Hugh Foote (Author photograph--Ackerman) and Tim L New York: Penguin Press, 2021. Second printing [stated]. Hardcover. , 303,  pages. Elliot Ackerman (born April 12, 1980) is an American author and former Marine Corps Special Operations Team Leader. He is the New York Times-bestselling author of the novels 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, Red Dress In Black and White, Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, and Green on Blue, as well as the memoirs The Fifth Act: America’s End in Afghanistan and Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning. His books have received significant critical acclaim, to include nominations for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medals in both fiction and non-fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He served as a White House Fellow in the Obama administration and is a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. James George Stavridis (born February 15, 1955) is a retired United States Navy admiral. Stavridis served as the chief international diplomacy and national security analyst for NBC News. Stavridis graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1976. Stavridis is also a bestselling author. His book The Accidental Admiral, described his time in the Navy. He wrote Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans which opened at No. 9 on The Washington Post's non-fiction bestseller list. He wrote Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character. His 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, co-written with Elliot Ackerman debuted at No. 6 on The New York Times Best Seller list. He wrote "To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision" His books have been published in twenty different languages. An instant New York Times Bestseller! “Consider this another vaccine against disaster. Fortunately, this dose won’t cause a temporary fever—and it happens to be a rippingly good read.” —Wired. “This crisply written and well-paced book reads like an all-caps warning for a world shackled to the machines we carry in our pockets and place on our laps . . .” —The Washington Post. From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034—and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration. On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris “Wedge” Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt’s destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenseless. In a single day, America’s faith in its military’s strategic pre-eminence is in tatters. A new, terrifying era is at hand. So begins a disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction, co-authored by an award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran and the former commander of NATO, a legendary admiral who has spent much of his career strategically outmaneuvering America’s most tenacious adversaries. Written with a powerful blend of geopolitical sophistication and human empathy, 2034 takes us inside the minds of a global cast of characters–Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians–as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying international storm. In the end, China and the United States will have paid a staggering cost, one that forever alters the global balance of power. Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts on the ground combined with the authors’ years working at the highest and most classified levels of national security. Sometimes it takes a brilliant work of fiction to illuminate the most dire of warnings: 2034 is all too close at hand, and this cautionary tale presents the reader a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid. Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: Futurism, Future War, Global Conflict, South China Sea, Freedom of the Seas, Freedom of Navigation, Stealth Technology, Cyber warfare, Speculative Fiction, Balance of Power, Geopolitics, Miscalculation, International Relations, Foreign Policy, Strate