"A novel that reads like science fiction but bristles with rich detail about how the next World War could be fought." —Vice
“A modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt for Red October from the late Tom Clancy.” –USA Today
What Will World War III Look Like?
Ghost Fleet is a page-turning imagining of a war set in the not-too-distant future. Navy captains battle through a modern-day Pearl Harbor; fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones; teenage hackers fight in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. But what makes the story even more notable is that every trend and technology in book—no matter how sci-fi it may seem—is real.
The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, Ghost Fleet has drawn praise as a new kind of technothriller while also becoming the new “must-read” for military leaders around the world.
“A wild book, a real page-turner.”—The Economist
“Ghost Fleet is a thrilling trip through a terrifyingly plausible tomorrow. This is not just an excellent book, but an excellent book by those who know what they are talking about. Prepare to lose some sleep.”—D. B. Weiss, writer of HBO’s Game of Thrones
“It’s exciting, but it’s terrifying at the same time.”—General Robert Neller, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps
Tom Clancy fans will relish Singer and Cole's first novel, a chilling vision of what might happen in a world war launched by a Chinese sneak attack on America's eyes and brains in outer space. Singer, a military strategist, and Cole, a former defense-industry analyst for the Wall Street Journal, easily wed their knowledge to a fast-moving plot and characters who make an impression, even the minor characters who appear briefly. After the global economy tanks, urban workers' riots sweep China, but instead of repressing the workers themselves, the military ousts the Communist leaders, clearing the way for a new government. When the Chinese strike, the Americans fight back. Among the many heroes is Cmdr. James Simmons, who assumes command of the USS Coronado when its captain is killed. Detailed endnotes documenting the real-world technologies and trends behind the book make the fiction even more plausible.
3.5/5 Good, quick read with some flaws
I thought it was a good, well thought out story backed with actual evidence. However, I felt that the constant back and forth switching between stories and characters left gaps in the story. This could be a person preference, but I'd rather read a book that sticks with the same character rather than cycles through multiple plot line.
The real Ghost Fleet is the Aegis ships...
OK, I was hoping to like this book. I loved Red Storm Rising and have an interest in defense subjects. I wasn’t expecting great character development; I was expecting an insight into the next world conflict that could be. Here I was disappointed.
Early in the book the enemy activates a super weapon in space. It's mentioned that it only has 45 minutes to be used once activated, then it's dead. The same weapon is then used several times in the following months.
The book specifically mentions that the Aegis cruisers and destroyers survive the initial onslaught. Then they just...disappear. Except for one. Because...Ghost Fleet. We need to need the Ghost Fleet.
Speaking of those missing ships, why don't they use their SM-3 missiles that can take out enemy satellites and even the score a bit? Seems to me a couple of national security experts ought to know they can be used for that.
All "high tech" solutions are judged untrustworthy or broken by the enemy, which cybers the US to death. OK fine, it's their book, their rules. And thus we need the Ghost Fleet because it is made up of older boats. Then the Ghost Fleet at the end uses the friggin Zumwalt and all sorts of high technology including AI learning missile swarms and drone swarms to win. Because...wait, why do those work again?
The Chinese put up exactly. one. RADAR. in a large group of islands. A really, really large group of islands (I'm trying not to spoil too much here). Thus when that one is taken out, they are blinded. Completely. Huh.
Somehow the Chinese and the Russians, working together, manage to sortie one fleet only consisting of 3 aircraft carriers (that part makes sense), one cruiser, 4 destroyers, and 2 frigates. Despite not taking losses earlier. That's...it. Wow. Thought they had at least a few more.
Look, I get that the book needs a narrative since it is a novel. I get that to serve that narrative things need to happen a certain way. So everything goes wrong when it needs to, and later everything goes right when it needs to serve that narrative, even to the point of “hey look, a tree fell on this critical guy's head just at the very moment he was needed" (no, that doesn't happen exactly, but close enough). The book is interesting food for thought, and a decent way to burn some hours. But this is just not what I expected out of "two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security" as they are billed.
Loved the story and the premise but feel like it should be a series. I want more!