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In the not-too-distant future, the United States loses its status as a world Superpower. With the military cut to a barebones level and American leaders focused solely on the nation's internal struggles, the door will open for new powers to emerge on the world stage. In the wake of this power vacuum, China and Russia begin to flex their military muscles and expand their dominance in the world. They have the most up-to-date technological innovations ready for battle: railguns, unmanned drone tank vehicles, exoskeleton suits, and cyber warfare. 

Setting the Stage: The border of India and Pakistan has long been one of the planet's most precarious ticking time bombs waiting to explode, and when a scheme to agitate the tensions in that region is successful, it paves the way for powerful men to begin consolidating authority and start building an Islamic Caliphate. Extremists move from random attacks of violence to plots to take control of positions of political influence. America's usual ally against aggression, Europe, is weakened by economic decline; the U.S is facing this new threat without backup. 

In these hazardous times, America will need strong guidance. Henry Stein, a new kind of leader, builds a new political party to lead the charge to bring the country back from the brink. His unconventional style is just what the U.S. needs in order to deal with the changing world balance of power and a worldwide Great Depression. As conflicts near and far began to plague the planet, will President Stein be able to prevent a third world war?

©2015 Joshua Steinhauer (P)2017 Joshua Steinhauer

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Good story, but some unrealistic plots

Very good WW3 novel, but the story has some serious unrealistic plot lines. The not so subtle political jabs that distracted from the story, Ghost Fleet did a much better job from this perspective. Looking forward the the next book.

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Prelude to World War III

What did you love best about Prelude to World War III?

The book makes you think, worry and be relieved that the book is fiction. Then it made me worry again because terrorist attacks are real these days. I came to the realization that the stage has already been set ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Henry Stein was my favorite character; I deemed him the good guy.

What does Alex Hyde-White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was a perfect fit for this book. I think his reading made the drama in this book pop a little more.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I live in New York so the last scene really moved me. A lot of scenes made me shake my head in disbelief but when home is hit, fiction feels real.

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I enjoyed the book I received for free in exchange for an honest review. As the title suggests, the premise is quite disturbing, however the book worked and is pretty good. It jarred me to think about what could happen in the future and it made me happy that it has not happen yet. I plan on listening again.

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good book

if you are from a red state you may like this book. if you are from a blue state you may or may not like this book. if you like alternate/ future modern war books you will love it.

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Authors bit off more than they could chew

Overall, a good listen, and worth the effort. My biggest problem was that there was so much going on in the build-up, that I think the authors got lost in the weeds. The most glaring error was the apparent lack of submarine protection of the carrier battle group. Completely unbelievable.

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authors under value US sub & intelligence assets.

The intro. was to long & Russian characters had german accents & no use of US subs or Intelligence assests. which lead to the distruction of fleets and nuclear vaporization of cities & the president s staff conveniently forget about chinese and russian forces massing aganist them. BAD BOOK

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Right wing fantasy view of the future

These authors should stay away from politics and have more logical plot turns. The Battlefield series was very well done but this has parts that are veiled racism, climate change denial, xenophobia and flat out dumb plot lines. I get political plot underpinnings but this guy REALLY hates Democrats. And really, Canada deciding to join the USA? The US invading Mexico????

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No research done for this story

Red Storm rising this book isn't. Authors didnt research anything before writing this book and it shows.

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Couldn't make it all the way through .

Got tired of listening to the story of the genius billionaire businessman who basically decided to become the "American Emperor". Even the most benevolent dictator or emperor cannot be tolerated in a democracy. May have gotten better and the world situation setup seemed plausible but just couldn't get past the newly elected President telling the other branches of government to get on board or get run over.

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Skip this one

I listen to a lot of alt history and post apocalypse-type fiction and was very excited when I read the description. This book did not meet expectations. It is plodding and poorly researched to the point of being corny. The recycling of political names for characters is downright silly. To cap it all off, the performer’s attempted accents and inflection are atrocious.

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Good story

Cant help but notice the president is a business man from florida who thinks he has all the answers. (Sound familiar??) But unlike the person I am thinking of this president does have good ideas but the almost dog like loyalty he demands is kind of sick. But if you ignore this fact the book does have Alot of action just try to get past a certain point in this book and when you get there you will know what I mean. Stick with it the last few chapters are really action packed and well worth your time

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  • Jamie Cowan
  • 05-18-19

really quite good

My review may contain some spoilers

If you're interested in economy, geopolitics and the military on a grand scale, you may love this. I've been looking for a book on Medieval economy during war, with how limited everything was and how a decisive defeat could cripple your ability to continue fighting with your army shattered. I stumbled across this which seems to be the modern equivalent.

The only things that I didn't like so much about this book is that I'd hoped it would be a fairly neutral stance, the rebirth of America made me think of a Third Reich style party taking over the US, but it seems to be a party that mix a lot of left and right wing policies into their own, which seem to have no problem getting their agenda passed congress. I may have missed an important point, but I even understand that a book about a policy being thrown back and forth by the senate wouldn't be too thrilling.

The story takes the usual the European and US West (Good) vs the Russian, Chinese and Islamic East (Evil), but aside from that, the depth the book goes into is really amazing!
Definitely gonna give book two a shot!

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  • Michael
  • 12-27-18

EPIC

This is a top drawer book. Even stronger then Tom Clancys Red Storm.
The book is a true masterpiece.

It feels so real all the way

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  • Russell Willens
  • 07-07-21

Jolting

I enjoyed this opening and look forward to hearing more. There is a bit of beating of the same drum compared to their other work. Well worth a listen.

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  • D R IRONS
  • 02-07-21

Really Enjoyable

The build up is detailed and believable. Can’t wait for the next book which I have waiting.

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  • marcus dicks
  • 04-30-20

Gripping but slow to start

Book was slow to start but once the action gets going it leaves you wanting more.

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  • Edward
  • 11-28-19

A good listen

At times the dialogue was a bit stilted, almost forced. The narrator will improve with experience and the strength of the story so far should give him the experience, because I will be listening to all of the books in this series.

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  • Lance
  • 10-15-19

great book to relax with

loved it, I like a Clancy book and this was a great replacement. well performed

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  • Chris F
  • 12-09-18

Interesting

I notice some of the more negative reviews are from Americans who feel their country wasn't portrayed strong enough. Try to ignore this. Prelude to War is a well thought out book that kept me gripped until the end. The writing style isn't perfect but it was good enough that I followed on with book 2 immediately.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-19

Flawed dystopian vision of the near future

OK, it is a fun story and the narration is decent. But, there are so many huge holes in the story that it can become quite annoying. Western intelligence agencies are all asleep, the west has supply and logistical problems, the forces against them have magic armament factories supplying them with endless weapons and ammunition, thousands of citizens dead and there is still no increased security presence in Washington DC, and so on and so on. The holes in the story are almost child like in places. The writers are also clearly from the far right of American politics and use the storyline to vindicate their views, which again can be tiresome. That said I shall see the series through to the end as despite the flaws it is still an enjoyable yarn.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-18

Like a terrible Tom Clancy

This book is poorly written. The narrative is slow and repetitive. The prose feels very clunky and the dialogue is inhuman. The great villain of this story is ISIS which now feels amusing and hysterical given their current state. It is however a little concerning how caricatured the non American characters in this book are, with the portrait of the Arab characters bordering on racist at points.

The narration was not bad, but he had little to work with in terms of the writing of the book.

I would recommend Ghost Fleet by P.W Singer and August Cole as better written, better researched and more engaging future war thriller

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  • Christopher Slee
  • 09-09-20

Just awful

Show an egregious lack of understanding of political, business, military operations. It's a knuckle-dragging, MAG A-hat-wearing imbecile's wet dream.

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  • Ken
  • 11-17-21

really, really good.

I enjoyed this so much I'm actually nervous about starting the next book.
if it's half as good, I'll love it.

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  • Paul B
  • 09-07-21

Good read

great lead in to hopefully a great seres of books.
looking forward to reading the rest