Intense In The Best Way
5 out of 5 stars
When reviewing the first book in this series, I called it “relentless, in the best way,” and that sure continues here. Somehow, Holden took a book that was going at Mach 3 and made it go faster and more insane. I mean this in the best way possible. Holden can take a story that is already interesting, especially if you’re into high-tech military stuff, and make it even more interesting.
As I mentioned, the first book was well-researched, fast-paced, and relentless. Somehow, Golan takes all of those things to the next level. The research in this one feels so real I was left wondering how much of this already exists. The action was fast-paced right from the beginning. I joked in my last review that there was no way Holden could keep up that pace and somehow did. Well, they could do it again with this book and not miss a beat. And last but not least, relentless. I mean, take what I said above, new tech combined with a pace that doesn’t stop – you get relentless.
It’s one of those books that you have to sit down to take a breath from sometimes, just to let yourself gather. I feel like Holden attempts to give the reader this feeling of helplessness. Similar to what I’d imagine being in a war like this as a soldier would feel like. You never know where or what the next attack will look like, so you sit there gripping your knees or head, hoping you can weather the next storm.
Overall, the combination of Holden and Bennett really sets the stage in the first one. And shine even brighter in this one. Bennett brought the stories, tech, and everything else to life and made a realistic book feel even more so. I loved it and held on for dear life for almost 14 hours.
GOLAN, This is the Future of War, asks a question few want to consider. What will happen if Iran acquires nuclear weapons in the next ten years? In true Future of War style, GOLAN explores the question through the eyes of front line participants on all sides, in a conflict set ten years into the future. Featuring military tech that is on the drawing boards today and characters you won’t easily forget, GOLAN throws the reader straight into the center of a nuclear storm and doesn’t ease up.
In Buq’ata in the Golan Heights, Amal Azaria, Robotics Engineer with the Israeli Defense Research Directorate has designed an assassination microdrone that memorizes the face of its target, little knowing her drone will be firing the first shot in a new global war.
In the air over Turkey, Gunnery Sergeant James Jensen of the 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion ‘Lava Dogs’ settles in for a short flight to Kuwait and some well earned liberty. Then learns the quadrotor carrying his squad is not headed for Kuwait at all.
150 miles southwest of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Base, Islamic Republic of Iran Captain Hossein Rostami – commander of Iran’s newest and most capable guided missile destroyer – watches as a delicate cargo is loaded aboard his ship. At sea. In the dead of night.
On Cyprus, court-martialed pilot, Karen ‘Bunny’ O’Hare, is visited in detention by a project lead from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, who offers to get her out of the jug, and back in a pilot’s seat … with a catch.
In Syria, Iranian Quds Force sniper, Abdolrasoul Delavari, takes on a mission to free hostages allegedly being used as ‘human shields’ by American troops in a UN buffer zone. But freeing them will require the longest shot of his life.
Under the waves of the Mediterranean, Israeli Navy Captain, Binyamin Ben-Zvi, brings his nuclear-armed Gal class submarine up to communications depth to report that after a long patrol via the Cape of Good Hope his submarine is in position. But in position for what?
In Washington, the newly appointed Director of Cyber Security, Tonya Dupré, connects all the dots that lead to a frightening conclusion. Iran and Syria, backed by Russia, are planning an All Domain Attack – cyber, space, air, land and sea – against Israel. But as a combined Russian-Iranian fleet sails out of the Aegean and into the Mediterranean, and Syrian troops mass on the ceasefire line outside the Golan Heights, can anyone stop it?
Golan by FX Holden
Narrator: Gary Bennett
Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
Series: Future War #2
Published by Spoken Realms on December 2nd 2022
Genres: Thriller, Military Thriller
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