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  • Title: Red Army
  • Author: Ralph Peters
  • ISBN: 9780671676681
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover

  • In the heart of a European forest, a young private dreams of home and rock n roll At command headquarters, a four star general pursues a family tradition of military honor that reaches back centuries They could be any two soldiers in the world It could be any army but it s not The place is the East German border The time is tomorrow and the Soviet Army is about tIn the heart of a European forest, a young private dreams of home and rock n roll At command headquarters, a four star general pursues a family tradition of military honor that reaches back centuries They could be any two soldiers in the world It could be any army but it s not The place is the East German border The time is tomorrow and the Soviet Army is about to attack.While western leaders debate the use of nuclear weapons, the Soviet Army and its Warsaw Pact Allies crash across West Germany, exploiting the NATO armies deadly lack of preperation In a matter of days, refugees clog the roads and the cities are in shambles The Soviet Army wages a brutal battle for Europe even as the hidden rivalries and divided loyalties within its ranks begon to emerge.In this extraordinary controversial novel, author Ralph Peters a U.S Army intelligence officer specializing in the Soviet military takes us inside an army of dozens of languages and ethnic backgrounds, into the belly of an ard personnel carrier, the cockpit of a MIG, and onto the bloody battlefield where sophisticated tanks duel like ancient, flame spewing dragons.From Chief of Staff Chibisov, fighting his ethnic heritage, to the daring tank commander Bezarin, locked in an unforgettable duel of wits with a British division, from bitter veterans of Afghanistan to raw recruits, a host of vivid characters are swept up in the chaos and drama Some will be heroes Some will die, and others will have their souls scarred forever.As the HATO armies make their last, desparate stands divided by Soviet maneuvers and their own political squabbling Red Army thunders to a truly frightening climax.Told entirely from a Russian point of view, Red Army is a riveting tour de force More than a portrait of high tech modern warfare, it is a fascingating novel of human strengths and weaknesses a chilling look at the one army in the world that may have the power to defeat us.
    Ralph Peters
    Ralph Peters is a novelist, an essayist, a former career soldier, and an adventurer in the 19th century sense He is the author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels, two influential works on strategy, Beyond Terror and Fighting for the Future.Mr Peters works can also be found under the pen name Owen Parry He also appears frequently as a commentator on television and radio networkscmillan author ralphp


    Commentaires:

    Dane Sørensen
    I loved this book from the first time I picked it up. In my teen years I read a lot of Tom Clancy so I was pretty well up to speed on 1980's weapon systems, and since I'd already ground through Red Storm Rising I thought I knew what I was in for here.I was mistaken.Red Army is not Red Storm Rising. In fact it's almost the anti-techno thriller, never getting bogged down in technology porn because sometimes a tank is just a tank. The focus is squarely, emphatically, on the characters, every one of [...]

    Belhor
    One of the best books I've read. I've never seen a military novel with such excellence. The movement of the forces, logistics and strategic - even tactical - details are astonishing and very realistic. Characters are also very well developed.

    Anthony
    A gritty, yet enjoyable anti-war war novel. The story is told from the perspective of Soviet soldiers, from front commanders to artillerymen, tankers and infantrymen, and focuses on the logistical, psychological and moral struggles of in hypothetical war between USSR and NATO forces in Germany. While there are many passages describing front line fighting, the author also incorporates military organization, logistics and strategy in the book. Although the book was published in 1989, it wasn't too [...]

    Liam
    I keep coming back to this book for some reason- when this was published in 1989, Ralph Peters was a serving officer of the U.S. Army, an Intelligence officer like my father and my 8th grade 'Language Exploration' teacher, Mr. Smith. The latter two were both graduates of the U.S. Army Language School at Monterey, California; my father was a Chinese linguist, and Mr. Smith was a Russian linguist & area specialist as Mr. Peters was. I am somewhat leery of Mr. Peters' current political outlook [...]

    Russell Phillips
    When I first read this, the idea of the cold war turning hot and the Warsaw Pact invading western Europe was still a possibility. Now, of course, it's more alternative history than a possible future.It's very different reading it now, but it's still a good book, and still worth reading. As the author says, the book is "not about the hardware or even the mission, but about the men". That makes it unusual within the genre. I only once saw a piece of equipment named (an F-16), every other time they [...]

    Leo
    Ever wonder what WWIII would have been like from the Red Hordes perspective? I enjoyed this book and I think you will too.

    Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
    The Soviets invade West Germany in a lightning stroke. Brutal fighting ensues as the front gives way The Soviets prove to be very successful in what is, after all, a conventional land war. In just three days the Rhine is in sight, can anything stop the Red Army? "War was only about winning. Killing the other one before he killed you."says one of the main characters of the book, and indeed it is about killing, putting pressure on your opponents, driving forward. It is also about ordinary soldiers [...]

    David Garvin
    The story is very well-written; however, the author's prejudices against the non-American NATO allies is blatant. Having said that, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the "Cold-War-Turned-Hot" genre of the 1980s.

    Milos
    One of my first true "all-English" books I read. I got it in my high school library (gee how come they stocked it?) must have been rare weirdo that actually read it back then It was amazing first immersion into the world of "what if" and alternate history. Interesting story and viewpoints of random "small people" soviet military personnel. Although I didn't quite liked that scene of wardrobe fitting ;) And yeah . ending is of course US favorable with omnipresence of ghostly "all mighty" US A [...]

    Odhran
    Possibly my favourite WWIII alt-history, because it's written from the side of the Soviets and doesn't rely on massive coincidences and chance in favour of NATO (both are very common, and quite annoying.)

    Virdomarus
    Good in parts, great overview, good viginettes. Lacks character development.Descriptions of the sudden violence of war are very good, as is the accidental nature of civilian casualties.

    Sindre
    Another "what if" book, detailing a conventional war between the Warzaw Pact and NATO in the 1980s. Unlike any other similar book, this one is unique in that the events are viewed solely from a Soviet perspective, and eventually ends with a Soviet victory. That makes it a fresh breath of air in these circles, given the large amount of "victorious West" novels out there. Furthermore, it has a different writing style than ex. "Red Storm Rising", as it is more about the experiences of different sol [...]

    Raymond Thomas
    Easily one of the best written and researched books of all the World War Three scenarios. Ralph Peters is very clear about the reasons why he is writing his book as a way to bring to life the many things he learned while studying the habits, theories, and lives of Soviet military officers. Furthermore, like many of the other books this too is a call to arms for the countries of NATO, though instead of making the point made by countless others, he seems to express concern at the political weaknes [...]

    Mikkel
    A worthwhile read!An excellent in-depth account of the war that never happened from the point-of-view of the Red Army. Ralph Peters takes the reader through a range of personal accounts of the war presenting both military-technical as well as cultural-personal aspects of a Warsaw Pact invasion on the European central front. Peters eloquently portraits the moral, mental, and physical aspects from the point-of-view of the front commander down to the individual motor-rifleman tagging along in his B [...]

    Andrew
    It's hard to judge this book fairly. Red Army was originally published in 1989, as Soviet Communism and it's Warsaw Pact satellites were falling apart. The idea of a Soviet invasion of the West in the late '80s/early '90s seems even more absurd knowing what we know 25+ years later. Still, this book is at least well written, and does carry some resonance.In his author's note, Ralph Peters says that his main goal in this book is to give us an impression of the men that constitute the Soviet Army. [...]

    Eliot Boden
    I read this in high school, probably after I discovered Tom Clancy and was really into military thrillers. I still remember this book years later because it wasn't just cut-and-dry battle plans or over-the-top descriptions of planes, tanks, and bombs. The book focuses on a Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany through the eyes of some memorable characters (mostly on the Soviet side from what I remember), like the inexperienced commander suffering from some illness (cowardice?). The book in the en [...]

    David
    This book follows the lives of a few Soviet soldiers as they wage war across West Germany. It is written entirely from their point of view as they race across northern West Germany to meet their objectives. I found the book interesting and at times riveting as the various soldiers reacted to the realities of war. The writing style of Ralph Peters tends to be a narrative rather than actual dialog between characters, whcih at times is very dry. IMOHO, if there was more dialog between the character [...]

    Daniel
    This is a great novel. It brings together the action of a Third World War novel with the detailed account of personal stories. I read this book slowly and thought a lot and really savored it. Books like this really bring out the truth and horrible nature of war on an individual level. War is not great. I greatly appreciate the talents of the author to bring all the great aspects of this book into one great moving force.

    Jordan G.
    Enjoyed this more than Red Storm Rising, which was much wider in scope but had too many pointless side-plots. Like RSR, based on the (probably correct) premise that the main Soviet conventional attack into West Germany would have been on the Braunschweig/Hannover axis, rather than into the teeth of the Americans in the Fulda Gap. Extremely minor quibble: there aren't any skyscrapers in Hameln that a helicopter could crash into.

    Andrew
    A very solid entry in the technothriller genre which takes the unique approach of looking at a war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact from the Soviet-side. An easier read due to the lack of too much technobabble and also the less-than-rounded characters, contrasted with other contemporary writers and their works, it is a useful antidote to the incessant 'west wins' finale of so many books from the genre/period.

    Bas Kreuger
    As the cover says, Tom Clancy seen from the other side. Although there is some truth in that line, Tom Clancy always had the Allies (and specially the US) win big time at the end of his books, Peters has a more balanced view of the Soviet capabilities and NATO.Focusing more on the men than on their machines, he paints a believable picture of a WP attack on the West.If you like Clancy, Larry Bond ea, try this one too for it unique perspective and smooth style.

    Aditya Pareek
    Col. Ralph Peters was the only man on this planet with balls enough to portray a WWIII where Sovetski soyuz wins. Hats off to the most visible American foreign and military policy commentator.The tank battles in his prose , deep in west germany would always echo in my head."LOAD SABOT, AIM, FIRE".

    Kurore García
    It's a very good book, I've never read a book or something like it. This book gets you closer to the people of the Red Army showing you the stories of each command line and the differences between them, something more human than just the faceless red army just as said the writer.

    Tim Vos
    Surprisingly good Alternate History fiction. A bit Soviet-wanky, especially considering it was published during the Cold War. Good, realistic dialogue and it really shows the effect war can have on soldiers, especially since technology has mostly made infantry redundant.

    Ben B
    As with many of my books, this has lost much of its luster since the Cold War ended. Although it bills itself as nonfiction, this book is apparently not at all reliable as such. Still, it gave an interesting take on the Soviet mindset.

    Iain
    I enjoyed this "Soviet view" of WWIII but found the ending rather unsatisfactory. I went from wanting to read other books by the author to not being sure that I did. I suspect I will give one of his works set in the ACW a read because when Red Army was good, it was good.

    Steve
    Probably the best alt-history book about WWIII that I've read. Posits a future where the Soviet military did far better than anyone anticipated. Well-written and gives a view of the enemy that is mostly lacking in books of this type.

    Michael
    This novel did an excellent job of discussing the personalities and motivations of a diverse group of characters during a fictional invasion of West Germany. In terms of understanding the potential impact and destruction of armored warfare it is one of the best I have read.

    Lei
    A good glimpse into the what-if of flashpoint Germany ignites. But finished a bit short from the kind of epic struggle I was hoping for. But anyway I doubt any cold war book would have a grand ending.

    Mitchell
    Not bad piece of technical prose. How good the analysis is, I don't know. Peters has certainly proven himself to be an unusually inept advisor on Fox News in recent years, even compared to the rest of their crazy train.

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