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Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

R A Peters , Mark Dandridge

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Welcome to the future of America. Land of chaos and home of the ambitious...

A botched assassination on the eve of Election Day throws the routine transfer of presidential authority on its head and shuts down the Federal Government.

With Congress and the Supreme Court locked in a constitutional standoff, rabble-rousing state governors fueling the fire and shadowy opportunists pulling strings, the nation teeters on the verge of a Second Civil War.

As the politicos play their games and lose control, the scourge of 21st century hyper-war is unleashed upon a shattered nation. Fancy speeches aside, the lives of millions will not ride on the politicians and generals, but on the shoulders of the pawns they tossed into the meat grinder.

Pawns like Sergeant Major John Brown, a hard charging paratrooper, who’s about as political as a potato, yet incites a second revolution. Or young Sophie Kampbell, a social justice crusader, who despises violence in every form until tragedy shoves her into the arms of the mysterious “Freedom Brigade” militias.

Power Games is the first installment in the epic Operation: Enduring Unity military thriller series. If you like Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy or Red Phoenix by Larry Bond, then you'll love this explosive adventure packed with constant thrills, twists and high stakes from cover to cover.

Q&A with Richard Peters:

How would you describe Power Games in one sentence?
Well, I’d say an Amazon reviewer summed up the tale much better than I ever could: “A 21st century remake of Dr. Strangelove.”

So what’s your political agenda? Is this story right or left wing propaganda?
Like the first US Civil War, politics has little to do with the fighting. Once blood is shed, once that terrible genie of violence comes out of the bottle, how do you switch off the self-feeding cycle of fear and revenge? This is a story of extremism run wild and the young men and women that must put out the fire; not about politics.

Where’d you get the idea for The Operation Enduring Unity series?
Like most authors, I write what I want to read. If you aren’t passionate about your work and don’t get sucked into your fantasy world, how can you expect readers to be? So I set out to create a grand military thriller about large-scale, modern combined arms warfare, in the vein of my favorite writers, Tom Clancy, Ralph Peters and Harold Coyle. I ached to read realistic military fiction that covered everything from the rhetoric-stained halls of power to the full-spectrum of air, land and sea warfighters, as well as the innocents and war profiteers in between.

Of course, that required a realistic backstory. That’s where things got interesting and unique. Total war in the near future against Russia or China just seemed too implausible, which left only one real threat to America- itself. From there, the political maneuverings, the collapse of the Federal Government and the crisis of faith for fighters took center stage and dominated the story.

Lincoln said it best in his Lyceum Address, 22 years before the first Civil War:
“All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio River or make a track on the Blue Ridge Mountains in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer: If it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot then we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.”

Biographie de l'auteur

Richard Peters is a US Army veteran who spent 27 months bringing peace at any price to the post-apocalyptic streets and mahalla’s of Baghdad.

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  • Editeur : Combat Vet Productions (1 juin 2014)
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25 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Be Scared! 17 novembre 2013
Par Jes - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
At first I thought this was going to be very male, political and American which in parts it is. It is packed with combat action and the roles of Jessica and Sophie make this book appealing to a wider audience.
It has a great balance of action, political argument, intelligent plotting and side-switching. We see the views from the top, the president, and all the way through the generals, the soldiers, the Bible-bashers, the news reporters, the protesters and the innocent bystanders.
It's a massive story and I don't mean word count. It's exceptionally well written with a fast pace which fits with the action scenes perfectly.
I could almost believe that the author had travelled forward in time and came back with an account of what was going on.
Personally I would have liked more dialogue, but as it's an action based story with a lot of noise, had it been a film, I understand why it is written the way it is.
A very clever book and I learned a lot from it.
27 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A fast paced thriller 2 février 2014
Par Matthew Carlton - Publié sur
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I have a policy and it’s called honesty. Richard Peters, the author, sent me a copy of this book to read and review and asked for feedback, whether it was negative or positive. As you read through, I hope that my words will be helpful. As someone who’s writing his first novel, I hope that others will be kind enough to help me like this when the time comes.

I’m crazy about the post-apocalypse and dis-utopian society. The idea of a second civil war gripping the United States of America easily fits into both of those quite easy. I had finished another book the day before I received a copy of Power Games and luckily I had a free rainy Saturday, so I read.

The story starts with bang, literally. Quickly after the opening scene the situation spirals out of control, the balance of power teeter on a knives edge. Before you can almost blink, a high-stakes game of chicken involving Congress, individual States, and the President develops.

I’ll be real honest; I didn’t really like characters in this story. That’s not a bad thing unless I was supposed to like particular ones. I couldn’t even root for anyone, I felt like they were all very easy to hate. This especially rang true for any of the politicians and most of the press. If you like a lot of detailed battle scenes, this is the book for you. Each of the firefights and full-fledged battles were laced with military jargon, tactical detail, and a grisly imagery.

The biggest issues I had were pretty simple. I got lost here and there as the story progressed. The scenes pick up speed the further I progressed through the book. Essentially the story and characters started to blur together. I hope in further installments that the characters develop more and that I get to know them a little better.

Long story short is that I liked the story and wish I could give it a three and a half stars instead of three. I look forward to seeing where it goes, since the ending defiantly leaves things unresolved and the horizon open.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Well thought out and executed action thriller! 25 mai 2014
Par David M. Ybaben - Publié sur
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Let's start off with overall feeling. I liked it a lot.

The story is woven around a series of events that I can actually see happening all to well. The author illustrates the power of the media and in particular the misconceptions that are sprung from news agencies that are scrambling to be the "First". In doing so of course, the information is not always vetted and it is often just one side of the story. This happens quite a bit as we all know. However, Mr. Peters takes it to the extreme with a what-if scenario that is all too plausible in my eyes.(If we were in the state of unrest the nation is set at in the book that is.)

This is mixed with again the all too familiar stance of greedy, ignorant, politicians. Add in the very real cultural and socio-economic divides of our nation. You take these and combine them to the max and you get the premise of this book. A modern civil war here in America. I won't get into spoilers but rest assured it is chock full of action and political maneuvering and intrigue.

When it came to assigning the number of stars, I always try to think of the most glaring cons. And after quite a bit of thought I decided to give it four stars. Why not five? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be waiting for the next one to come out with anticipation.

I give it four because of the way the author disseminates a lot of the valuable information needed to set the tone for the overall backstory. And there is a quite a bit of it. He elects to explain this information in a lecture type of dissemination. You are being told what is going on directly. "A is happening here in Anytown, Anystate because B occurred elsewhere" kinda stuff.

I normally don't mind this at all, even prefer it most times, but the amount of it can be a little offsetting and remind you of a textbook at times. (I love textbooks btw). With that being said I would have liked a little breakup in that style. I have seen other authors do so through a mixture of that, abstract news articles, very short lived characters that are introduced just to illustrate a certain event, etc.

This is something that I noticed. It doesn't take away from the story at all and is just a style preference to most.

Highly recommend to all!
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 An author who knows his stuff doing quite a lot....perhaps too much. 9 juillet 2014
Par Rabid Readers Reviews - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Some political thrillers are cautionary and others give a stiff middle finger to the perceived corruption in government and law enforcement. Some political thrillers try to accomplish so much that they become a mish-mash of ideas with a definite direction that is something of a road to nowhere.

There are themes familiar in modern television and books. We see the rise of the corporation as a political entity, the media’s propensity to hatemongering and extreme responses, the threat of secession and the increase of violence as a political tool. The story revolves around a hung Electoral College and fallout in the argument as to who then should be President in the wake of the murder of the President Elect. Reporter Jessica seems to speak directly to readers when she opins, “What does it matter who’s president anyway? Congress is still going to sit on their collective do-nothing asses. The figurehead occupying the Oval Office is small change” (Page 15). In the case of “Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I: The Second Civil War,” violence is used to manipulate power at the executive level. The plot elements read as overblown for effect which is how fiction works but in the case of “Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I: The Second Civil War” leads the reader to feel as though the author is exerting heavy handed manipulation with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

Underneath it all, this is an author who clearly knows his stuff. He knows the military, he knows secession, he knows the questions to be asked in uncertain political situations and he knows the buzzwords used in political spin. The dialogue was sparse and while frequently heavily exposition, it rang as very true. Had the story been more cohesive and not been so heavy handed in telling opting instead to show, my review of this novel may have been a very different story. The story talked a lot about contemporary issues and yet seemed to be missing its voice.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I by Richard Peters 16 juin 2014
Par Alexander Crommich - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
This book aims to be an update of Dr. Strangelove that plays off of the current gridlock in the United States political system. Regardless of your preferences, no party or PAC comes out smelling like roses. As high as the book aims, it falls short of its goal because of structural issues, a detached tone, and technical errors. That said, it’s still an enjoyable, quick read.

The book makes three assumptions about the United States: (1) those in political office are power hungry fools detached from any semblance of reality; (2) the movers in shakers in the corporate world place far more value on a .05% increase in share value than they do human life; and (3) the 24-hour media purposely distorts the truth to promote extremism and get ratings. These three groups essentially keep grandstanding and manipulating the population until things spiral out of control, ultimately leading to a modern civil war.

Unfortunately, these assumptions have a depressing ring of truth to them, and the author succeeds in showing how all of these factors, coupled with accidents, dumb luck, and stupidity, lay the groundwork for the civil war. Like Dr. Strangelove, a great many of these events are over the top, but they’re believable enough to unsettle the reader. Mr. Peters doesn’t pull any punches and convinces you by the end of the book that a scenario like a civil war is depressingly possible, however outlandish it may seem.

The first big issue with the book is its structure. It’s similar to World War Z in that the author focuses on several different characters and drives the plot via vignettes more than anything else. Unfortunately, the characters are never defined well enough to really put the reader in their shoes. There are too many of them, and the author jumps between different ones in each chapter. It muddles things, and a one chapter, one character structure, as well as fewer perspective characters, would have made the book more cohesive.

There is a reporter in the book, but unlike the one in World War Z, she is only present in some of the chapters, not all of them, which prevents her from serving as a unifying force. And again, since the chapters aren’t labelled, the reader doesn’t quite get a feel for the chapter as quickly as the reader should.

The second problem is the tone: quite often, the author speaks rather than the perspective character, which makes it difficult to really dig down into the characters and setting. Although there is a bit of humor, it doesn’t change the fact that the tone is more a hypothetical an Axis & Allies player runs through between turns than it is a novel. It’s interesting, and the author’s knowledge of modern warfare is impressive, but again, at times I felt like I was reading a thought exercise rather than a book.

The final problem is really a series of issues with the technical writing. I noticed a few mismatched tenses, a few mixed up words, and typos scattered throughout the book. None of it really slowed me down, but I did notice it, and the distraction sapped some of the strength from the story the writing tried to deliver. That said, that sort of thing is really just a matter of practice, and there’s no easy way to learn to write without doing it.

That aside, it was an enjoyable book, and I managed to fly through it in a couple of days between last minute plane flights and poolside lounging. It’s worth taking a peak, because, regardless of its issues, there will be at least one chapter in this book with just enough reality in it to make you uncomfortable and question the current state of affairs in the United States. Accidents, dumb luck, and media-spun hysteria make for a terrifying combination.
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