Today I have a review of Red Metal by Mark Greaney, which publishes via Berkley on July 16, 2019. A big thank you to Berkley Pub for my invitation to review.
Back in February, I was invited to read a Gray Man novel by Mark Greaney, Mission Critical. I loved it. It was edgy and full of action. I read it as a standalone, but it is part of a series. This book, Red Metal, is a true standalone.
What if World War III happened?
Russia takes a hit at both Western Europe and east Africa. The goal is to gain control of key mineral mines.
There’s an interesting and varied cast of heroes from multiple countries up against the Russians.
Fighting through land and air and all across the world, everyone is trying to stop Russia from taking the mines, while Russia threatens to use a nuclear bomb to keep anyone else from gaining access to them.
Red Metal is a chunk of a read at over 600 pages, but it never felt like it. I was captivated early on, and it never let go. From the start, it feels like it could actually happen; that it was actually happening. The characters were easy to care for as well.
I’m not writing a long review because reading Red Metal is an experience. It felt like a Clancy novel in its scope, depth, and authenticity. There’s great tension as the story builds, and I was completely absorbed and consumed by Red Metal.
Check out the reviews and ratings on Goodreads. Mark Greaney is a well-loved and well-respected author, and this may be his best work.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gray Man series comes a startlingly realistic novel of World War III.
A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the world’s hi-tech sector.
Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray in Africa, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the captain of an American tank platoon who, along with a German sergeant, fight from behind enemy lines in Germany all the way into Russia.
From a daring MiG attack on American satellites, through land and air battles in all theaters, naval battles in the Arabian sea, and small unit fighting down to the hand-to-hand level in the jungle, Russia’s forces battle to either take the mines or detonate a nuclear device to prevent the West from exploiting them.
Have you read Red Metal, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR