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Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (edição 2016)

por P. W. Singer (Autor), August Cole (Autor)

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"What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy's "ghost fleet." Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel -- no matter how sci-fi it may seem -- is real, or could be soon. "--… (mais)
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Título:Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Autores:P. W. Singer (Autor)
Outros autores:August Cole (Autor)
Informação:Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Good on techno warfare, but writing not that good. ( )
  scubareader | Aug 8, 2020 |
A good solid techno thriller. It is a great attempt to suggest what may hypothetically happen down the road as the next major world conflict. Believe it or not! From advanced drone strikes, cyber-warfare, teenaged hackers, and the old naval warships named the “ghost fleet”, tensions run high as the United States is attacked by China, Singer may get another read. ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 20, 2020 |
I was a bit late in getting to it, but I was pleasantly surprised by P.W. Singer and August Cole's Ghost Fleet. It took a bit of effort to get into it, but the temporal leap the novel takes into years after a second Pearl Harbor attack allows for some very interesting worldbuilding. The United States has been taken down a peg and enjoys little to none of its previous dominance. What does the post-hegemonic era look like for America? How, in the fabled era of "degraded ISR," can American armed forces operate and conduct operations? While we're living through that transition now, Singer and Cole explore what that future might actually resemble.

Riddled throughout with trenchant criticisms of the current political-military-industrial complex (such as a "Big Two" defense contractors, numerous references to the failings of the F-35, and the Air Force's institutional resistance to unmanned air-to-air platforms), the vision fleshed out in Ghost Fleet is not a flattering one to our current state of affairs. At times the references are a bit on the nose, but the degree of underlying wit makes up for it.

If nothing else, the opening sequence helps explain even to the layman the importance of sensor platforms and space-based assets, the US military's dependence on them, and their exquisite vulnerability. Finite quantities of ship-launched missiles and other material become apparent in a way that can be challenging to discern in real-life operations. Our reliance on Chinese-produced microchips and other advanced technology becomes a easily-exploitable Achilles' Heel, in a manner all too reminiscent of the Battlestar Galactica pilot miniseries.

A new techno-thriller is, of course, cause for comparison to Tom Clancy, and where this far outshines him is in its willingness to critique technology and current trends in military procurement rather than lauding it unreservedly, while crafting somewhat multi-dimensional characters (some of whom are even not white!). And as I've written before, even if wrong in the details, fiction like this helps broaden the aperture a bit and convey the potentialities of future conflict. If not China, then Russia; if not the F-35, then perhaps the long-range strike bomber: things will go wrong, technologies will fail, and the United States may well be caught unawares. Hopefully, with novels such as Ghost Fleet illustrating the cost of unpreparedness, it will be possible to forestall the future it envisions. ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
I've read a lot of Tom Clancy in my youth and this is a modern version. The usual plot of stupid dumb Americans who can't do anything right are attacked by surprise and some character gets a case of of the genius disease and makes up some awesome plan to defeat the enemy. at least I assume this is going to happen since i quit the book at page 52 right after the Russians attacked Okinawa.

by page 52 we've had genius Chinese scientists who've discovered natural resources close to US territory, genius Chinese hackers who seem to be able to hack into the US government secret networks that the US military is powerless to defend against. and a Chinese space station destroying US satellites without the USA intelligence agencies knowing it was capable of doing that. In this fantasy world the evil NSA, DIA, FBI and the most powerful military in the world along with all of our alphabet agencies that can tap all of the world's communications and have developed most of our modern tech can't seem to be able to detect a surprise attack and all of our scientists who have known about the treasure trove of natural resources in Afghanistan and other parts of the world have no idea that there could be any where the Chinese are looking.

if you're 15 you'll like it. if you're old like me this is nothing more than a rehash or the cold war surprise attack plot lines we've all read about as kids. tired plot line that's been played out over the decades. ( )
  alent1234 | Dec 5, 2019 |
Some parts get bogged down in the technical but overall an interesting view of the future.
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
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"What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy's "ghost fleet." Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel -- no matter how sci-fi it may seem -- is real, or could be soon. "--

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