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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1475 on: December 20, 2018, 08:55:51 »
Re the above books, just finished ONSLAUGHT: The War with China: The Opening Battle chronicles. HMCS Protecteur is mentioned near the end of the book as it looks for survivors from a US carrier strike group that was destroyed by a Chinese nuc.

So far, in the book HUNTER KILLER: The War with China deepens, the Canadians and Brits are sitting on the sidelines.

These books remind me of the 1960's and the threat of a nuclear war. Scary what happens in the story lines. Additionally, what happens when all aspects of society is affected by computer hacking in a war. e.g. banks, power grid, defence contractors factories, etc
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1476 on: December 26, 2018, 00:04:00 »
I have finished Alaric Bonds Fighting Sail series and have enjoyed them. I was a fan of cs forester and alexander kent. I am stuck on the Napoleanic era.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1477 on: December 30, 2018, 19:29:31 »
No Ordinary Men: Special Operations Forces Missions in Afghanistan by Bernd Horn

https://www.amazon.ca/No-Ordinary-Men-Operations-Afghanistan-ebook/dp/B00G5L34IS

I'm usually a fan of Bernd Horn's writing but, quite frankly, this one left me underwhelmed. While there is always the restriction of OpSec to limit what can be told, this book tells very little. There is a brief history of Canadian special ops and then a narrative of five particular missions in Afghanistan. I don't want to take away from the difficulty of these missions nor the accomplishments that they represent, but their retelling convey none of that. There is little context to what is going on in the larger scheme of things and each would have been greatly aided by a sketch map or two. A little more information on the enablers back in camp and on the mission would also have been very interesting.

One thing that annoyed me throughout the book is that Horn calls the American truck that Canadians used there a HMMVW. I know that the correct term is HMMWV (for High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle). I know it's not just a frequently repeated typo because in the Glossary he describes it as a High Mobility Multipurpose Vehicle Wheeled. Did Canada actually redesignate these things? Or are the editors and proofreaders out to lunch?

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1478 on: December 31, 2018, 09:05:28 »
I'm finishing the year re-reading (kind of) John Horgan's Psychology of Terrorism.
"Kind of" because it's an updated and re-issued version of his original work.  Nice, light-hearted reading for extremism geeks.  ;D

Post-Christmas, there are currently six more books on the shelf awaiting reading.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1479 on: December 31, 2018, 16:09:20 »
Just started "The Art of Not Giving A ****" by Mark Manson.

So far, absolutely fantastic.  Great satire & sarcasm, that so far has hit the nail on the head.  Easy read, but quite enjoyable - chuckled out loud quite a few times :)
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1480 on: December 31, 2018, 16:44:10 »
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1481 on: December 31, 2018, 23:47:38 »
Currently reading through the Mars trilogy, after that I'm looking at rereading through the Dune novels.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1482 on: January 01, 2019, 16:11:55 »
Modern War Magazine, issue 39
To those unfamiliar with the magazine there are two versions, one you can get at the news stand (about $8) and the other you can purchase online that includes a fold out map and counters type game (~$30 to $40).
 
The current issue I find interesting because the main article is on possible escalating scenarios in the Middle East, with and without the presence of US forces on the ground but nearby. Considering the recent draw down announcement by the US it is a very topical issue.
More info at link
https://shop.strategyandtacticspress.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MW39

The issue also analyzes some possible Korean peninsula scenarios, and another on Sino-Indian potential conflicts. There are also synopsis of situations around the world: Somalia's Al-Shabab, are they really losing; Russian Nuclear war, then and now capabilities; China's positioning of HQ-9 missiles on Woody Island; Syrian province of Idlib, possible end game in Syria but potential escalation depending on Turkey's involvement (and now US abscence)

There are historical articles: Che Guevara's tri-continental strategy and guerrilla warfare tactics, and how it was countered; the 1981 Seychelles affair, a bizarre "Wild Geese" sort of coup attempt, largely supported by a group of mercenaries led by the infamous "Mad Mike" Hoare; USS Thresher legacy; AC 130 use in Vietnam.

There are two book reviews, one on questioning the validity of current Operational level command, the other is a review of General (ret'd) Fraser's book Op Medussa. It's interesting that the reviewer thought Fraser focused too much on the tactical level in the narrative, and the book suffers from a lack of maps making it difficult for a non veteran reader to follow key points he's trying to make.

Modern War Magazine can sometimes focus too much on historical battles as opposed to analyzing potential modern conflicts, this issue I think has a particularly good balance, and an interesting game to boot

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1483 on: January 09, 2019, 19:18:07 »
Just finished reading "The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb" by Neal Bascomb. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25897720-the-winter-fortress   

When you read this book it sounds like an epic Hollywood blockbuster movie. It has all the elements, A heroic group of men on an important mission that can change the fate of the war, an epic struggle against the forces of nature, a deadly enemy. Yes this book has all that elements. It is a story about the Norwegian resistance during World War II and their efforts to prevent the Germans from getting Heavy Water an important resource that atomic researchers need to develop the Atomic Bomb. To hinder the German's atomic research the Norwegian resistance has to do sabotage missions which involve traversing the inhospitable Norwegian landscape where their greatest threat is mother nature.

The author does a fantastic job of describing the various missions that were done by the resistance movement and the key personalities (on both sides) involved. He also do a good job of explaining why Heavy Water is important and the basics of the struggle to crack the mystery of the Atomic bomb in a way that us normal non-scientist can understand.     

If you are interested in history particularly World War II history then I recommend this book as it describes a portion of history that is not often  talked about, the heroic efforts of the Norwegian resistance.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1484 on: January 09, 2019, 20:08:48 »
About a quarter of the way through Seth Abramson's Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

https://www.amazon.ca/Proof-Collusion-Trump-Betrayed-America/dp/1982116080/

It's a hard slog even for someone like me who is convinced there was collusion, naivete and stupidity in the Trump campaign. It's not really what I'd call a well and deeply developed book. It's more in the nature of a compendium of all natures of news and journal articles and interviews by others which have been cobbled together into a narrative of some type or other.

I'm just starting the fourth chapter and have so far found that numbers one through three have been somewhat of a deja vu with numerous facts and pieces having been repeated several times (not necessarily verbatim but sometimes so)

I'm going to keep pushing on. Almost all the reviews on Amazon are five stars and start with the phrase "well written book" so I must be missing something.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1485 on: January 09, 2019, 22:40:45 »
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1486 on: January 10, 2019, 23:43:39 »
About a quarter of the way through Seth Abramson's Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

https://www.amazon.ca/Proof-Collusion-Trump-Betrayed-America/dp/1982116080/

It's a hard slog even for someone like me who is convinced there was collusion, naivete and stupidity in the Trump campaign. It's not really what I'd call a well and deeply developed book. It's more in the nature of a compendium of all natures of news and journal articles and interviews by others which have been cobbled together into a narrative of some type or other.

I'm just starting the fourth chapter and have so far found that numbers one through three have been somewhat of a deja vu with numerous facts and pieces having been repeated several times (not necessarily verbatim but sometimes so)

I'm going to keep pushing on. Almost all the reviews on Amazon are five stars and start with the phrase "well written book" so I must be missing something.

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I've figured out the rhythm of the book. Each chapter is broken into a) a summary b) the facts c) an annotated history which is why there is much repetition. I got just short of half way and returned it to the library.

Definitely not on my list of must reads.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1487 on: January 14, 2019, 13:56:30 »
Currently reading this series of the modern US Navy. Have read all his Dan Lenson books. Just starting ONSLAUGHT. Poyer does a fair bit of research for his books as detailed in the Acknowledgments.

Author: David Poyer’s active (Annapolis 1971) and reserve naval service included sea duty in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific, and shore duty at the Pentagon, Surface Warfare Development Group, Joint Forces Command, and in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  He retired from the Joint Forces Command as a captain, with the Defense Superior Service Medal as his highest award.

Modern Navy Series

I just finished reading Hunter Killer and am about to start Deep War.  Some interesting outcomes...   The conversion of bulk cargo carriers to aviation platforms (and supply ships :) )  is already well underway. 

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1488 on: January 14, 2019, 14:07:37 »
Waiting for Deep War at the Phoenix Library. Did you read all of the Modern Navy books? Interesting that a US Carrier Group was nuc'ed  @ 10,000 sailors loss in the series and this news 2 Jan 19:


https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/750919/ww3-news-china-us-aircraft-carrier-south-sea-military-threat-donald-trump-luo-yuan

Chinese admiral threatens to sink US carriers killing 10,000 to ‘scare off’ America

     A CHINESE admiral has warned US aircraft carriers could be sunk in the South China Sea – killing up to 10,000 sailors – in bid to scare off America.

Must have read the books.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1489 on: January 14, 2019, 19:43:30 »
It’s been quite some time since novels like this have been in the hopper.  I’ve only got the two books, but I can see there are a few more to go.

The author has certainly highlighted the battle impact of having limited AAW magazine capacity even when a powerful strike group is facing an enemy that has the ability to launch wave after wave of ALCM, especially when AEGIS is in full auto CEC mode. It’s easy to see how 3-4 hundred SM and ESSM missiles can be burned up in 15 minutes when attacked from 3 directions, and that’s just the decoy phase.
I think he overestimates the DC capability of a Tico cruiser that has been holed from stem to stern and has its fuel tanks blown to crap.

Certainly agree the unpredictability of the Chinese first strike in the way that they did it really would pose a problem for US decision makers. A tactical nuclear strike on an entire CBG, with theatre impact and no immediate response in kind from the US seems about right. Shock and awe goes both ways!!

What happened to the RAN surface fleet? They seem to be down to a single combat ship, and a submarine at that.

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1490 on: January 14, 2019, 20:22:21 »
Much better read now. Have turned to Bernard Cornwell's Fools and Mortals which is set in Elizabethan England and follows the travails of William Shakespeare's younger brother as he makes his way through the world of the stage.

https://www.amazon.ca/Fools-Mortals-Bernard-Cornwell/dp/0007504152

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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1491 on: January 14, 2019, 21:04:36 »
Just finished Anthony Beevor's "Ardennes 1944: The Battle for the Bulge" and just started his "The Battle of Arnhem: The Deadliest Airborne Operation of WWII."  As always with his books chock full of interesting facts; from the poor grunt (allied and German) in the trenches to the highest levels of command. For example, while reading the Arnhem book learned how the Brit Para's ended up using maroon for the colour of their berets.
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Re: What book are you reading now?
« Reply #1492 on: January 19, 2019, 15:11:47 »
Just finished Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat by John Carlin. A very USA-centric take on Cybersecurity, which makes sense as he was the US Assistant Attorney General for National Security. I found it did a good job of tying together the technology and the politics, without going so deep into either that it becomes a chore to read. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to get an understanding of how Cyber will impact everything from war to daily life in the coming years.