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Publisher's Summary

What will World War III look like?

Ghost Fleet is a gripping imagining of a war set in the not too distant future.

Navy captains battle through a modern-day Pearl Harbor, fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones, teenage hackers fight in digital playgrounds, Silicon Valley billionaires mobilise for cyber war and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta.

Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.

©2015 P. W. Singer and August Cole (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

Critic Reviews

"A wild book, a real page-turner." ( The Economist)
"A novel that reads like science fiction but bristles with rich detail about how the next World War could be fought." ( Vice)

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One dimensional and illogical

I had recently finished Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising before going into this so I can't help but compare them. I really liked Red Storm and one of the things that suprised me in it was the fairly nuanced (at least in relation to my expectation) portrayal of both Soviet characters and Soviet politics. The scenario felt plausible and the antagonists felt for the most part fairly human with reasonable motivations.

Not so in Ghost Fleet. The Chinese start the book with a genius master stroke against the US. Then they immediately lose half their IQ and in the rest of the story they are consistently portrayed as incredibly dumb, savage and full of hubris. It basically turns the book into a juvenile revenge fantasy against vaguely sketched bogeymen, with some technobabble taped to the side. Red Storm presents a fairly well researched premise while here it feels like they thought about the premise for five minutes just so they could get on with Admiral Colonel Biff Americason railgunning the dastardly Fu Manchu for page after page.

It feels like listening to a bad novelisation of Homefront: The Revolution or something.

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Propaganda with endless said

Amazing amount of propaganda, minimal understanding of modern technology, horrible style, I wonder if authors know any synonym for verb "say"

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  • Mr. T. Norman
  • 07-01-18

Technobabble and forgettable characters

An insightful vision of future tech but little more. You will be hard-pressed to remember the characters' names and will care little for their circumstances. Too many are introduced and then killed before you have any time to become invested in them.

The story itself goes into great detail and does quite well to make the whole premise seem plausible but is otherwise not terribly compelling. With no emotional attachment to any of the characters, I felt detached from the entire cascade of events as though watching as a neutral observer.

Ultimately though I can't help but wonder if my disappointment with this book was due mainly to the lacklustre narration. Rich Orlow seemed incapable of capturing the tone of any given scene and routinely tripped over sentence structure and emphasis. Honestly, you could use Kindle's text-to-speech feature for much the same delivery.

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  • Irish sparks
  • 03-11-22

some really good bits

not great over all, good performance, some really good bits, but could have done with another few drafts....them could be great

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  • Si Bradley
  • 07-24-21

Great story of the next World War

This is great for those interested in future conflict. The story unfolds brilliantly by bouncing around between sides in specific locations - just like an action movie.

It is let down slightly by the narration which at times is flat and disjointed, but the narrator does make a good job of providing the wide range of characters a voice.

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  • mrmalaya
  • 11-26-20

Well narrated fun and inciteful.

There are some good technical plot lines in this book, which may not be the best written, but is very well narrated.

I'm guessing this is set at least 20 years from when it was penned (2015) and there are a few inconsistencies in terms of equipment (the US, Chinese and Russian guns and aircraft appear stuck in 2015), but the general concept is sound and it's a memorable picture that is painted.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-13-20

Slow

its bit long and drawn out, unsure as to trying other books by this author

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  • Edward
  • 12-22-19

Good story, reasonably believable

This book is poorly served by the constant mispronunciation of hundreds of place names. Just a little effort and homework would have helped so much.

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  • TERENCE HARDEN
  • 09-19-19

A difficult listen

Really hard to follow. I had no idea what was going on. A poor book

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  • Jamie L
  • 11-26-18

Really dreadful.

I found this was entirely disappointing book from start to finish. There was nothing that really motivated me to continue listening apart from the fact that I had spent a credit on it. It felt like a briefing for congress which had clumsily been turned into a novel - clearly written as a warning to western democracies. Wooden and unconvincing story and plot, and no real sophistication to it. I did enjoy the space pirate moment. All a bit American and in summary it was not a book for me.

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  • John Mcmahon
  • 04-09-18

good pulp story narration excellent

good story not sure if its a series or not
narration excellent .Enhances the story
reconmend if its on sale or a free credit

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  • 01-28-18

Credible, engaging and interesting.

Good character development, believable story, fair pace - I liked this book. It only deals with the war at sea and has very little submarine action which surprised me, but is nevertheless a good listen. The narrator copes well with voices and his pace matches the action. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

The future is coming

The synchronisation of future concepts and low tech solutions is the way forward. Great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-19

My first audiobook.

Absolutely loved it! Wasn’t sure if audiobooks were going to be for me but after listening to Ghost Fleet, I am excited to keep listening to books this way! As for Ghost Fleet itself, it gave a really good perspective on what multi-domain warfare could look like in the future. It had enough depth to keep me entertained the entire story. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

Politically and technically exciting

The story coughs well be tomorrow's news, and the research that has gone into this story makes it topical and relevant. A great "read".

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  • Lachlan
  • 08-20-17

A great story, told brilliantly

A great story, told in a dynamic and interesting fashion. The characters were engaging and had sufficient depth to feel for their challenges and triumphs. I would highly recommend it.