Red Metal by Mark
Greaney and Lt. Colonel H. Ripley (Rip) Rawlings IV fills
the void of military thrillers left by Tom Clancy’s
death. This novel combines the great story-telling of Greaney
with the Lt. Colonel’s vast experience, serving twenty-two
years as a reconnaissance and infantry officer. The result
is an action-packed realistic plot.
The authors noted, “Russia treated Poland and Germany
as transient zones. They left behind destruction. They used
a 1-2-3 punch to overcome the US military might. The first
punch was to get America preoccupied with Taiwan and China,
drawing a huge body of forces into the Pacific. The second
attack was in Europe that drew the residual of our armies.
The last punch is moving into Africa for the mineral mine.
The Russian justification made sense to them because many
times the bad guys don’t think they are the bad guys.”
The book begins when 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 reoccupy three Rare
Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control
for generations over the world's hi-tech sector. While America
and her allies are concentrated in Asia, countering a Chinese
threat, Russian troops and armament are racing through Poland
on their way to the heart of Germany. They are determined
to win back Russia’s dominance on the geopolitical stage.
This mine contains 60% of the world’s known supply of
essential minerals and would give Russia a much-needed upper
hand in its dwindling economy among world super powers
Special Forces Spetsnaz Commander, Colonel Yuri Borbikov designed
a plan, “Operation Red Metal,” to regain the mine
of rare earth ores found in only a handful of places around
the world and essential for production in today’s hi-tech
world. The plan calls for a Russian raid into Europe to destroy
America’s Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and
a simultaneous attack to retake the mine. Besides killing
many of NATO’s troops, they also kill Western satellites
to take out GPS and make Europe deaf, mute, and blind. There
is hope after Lt. Colonel Dan Connolly figures out what is
happening, comes up with a plan to fight off this Russian
threat, and depends on the many heroes and heroines that step
up to the plate including Poland resistance fighter Paulina
Tobiasz, US Submarine commander Diana DelVecchio, US tank
commander Tom Grant, and US Apace pilot Sandra (Glitter) Glisson.
The action never stops in this war-time thriller. The various
battles fought on land, sea, and in the air are exciting,
realistic, and technically detailed. Readers take the journey
with the US forces along with the high emotions experienced.
There are up-close battles fought, with tanks, artillery,
air support, machine guns, carbine rifles, even at one-point
hand to hand combat. This story brings home what could actually
happen in a WWIII scenario.