A Russian military strike against Europe could change the balance of power in the West. A stunningly realistic view of modern warfare from a battlefield commander and the New York Times bestselling author of The Gray Man.
The Russian bear has awakened. Their tanks race across Poland crushing all opposition on a headlong dash for the heart of Germany. Satellite killing missiles blind American forces while Spetznatz teams destroy Allied communications relays. It's all part of a master plan to confuse and defeat America and her allies.
Ranged against the Russian attack are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray, 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, struggle to keep a small group of American and German tanks in the fight.
Operation Red Metal is a nightmare scenario made real but could it just be the first move on the Russian chessboard?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This smart thriller kept us spellbound. With Russia as the ruthless antagonist, Red Metal plops us right in the middle of World War III, fought not for oil but for the rare-earth minerals vital to so much advanced technology. The story follows multiple international protagonists that each have skin in the game, exposing us to their deeply complicated motives and weaknesses. Intensively researched and closely shadowing current headlines, this novel from Mark Greaney—written with former Marine Corps officer H. Ripley Rawlings—will satisfy even the most exacting fans of modern intelligence and military lore.
Bestseller Greaney (the Gray Man series) and Rawlings, a Marine lieutenant colonel, closely follow more than a score of characters in this outstanding near-future military action thriller. Several years after the Russians lose control of a rare earth mine in Kenya, Col. Yuri Borbikov, the Russian special forces commander who was in charge of the mine, draws up a plan, Operation Red Metal. Borbikov proposes a Russian raid into Europe to destroy America's Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and a simultaneous attack to retake the mine. The Russian president approves, and Red Metal is on. The various battles fought on land, sea, and in the air are exciting, realistic, and technically detailed, complete with the high emotions experienced by the combatants. As in the best of this genre, there are no cartoon villains, just dedicated warriors who are given a mission and are determined to carry it out. This is powerful material, required reading for anyone interested in modern warfare. Author tour.
A10 no burner.
Pretty good, very detailed , but a few loose ends left hanging. Oh, and the warthog has no afterburner :-)
Not up to Greaney standards
Pretty poor offering from MG though I suspect he just lent his name to the book. For too much use of nomenclature for the military equipment — who cares the name of the engine in a Russian armored vehicle and how much horsepower? Continual use of nomenclature totally unnecessary and distracting. Author discusses use of F-35 and F/A-18 operating from the amphibious ship USS Boxer — inaccurate. While F-35 can operate from Boxer, the F/A-18 cannot. It needs a catapult and arresting gear to fly on/off Boxer. Boxer is not configured with either catapults or arresting gear.
There’s a lot of things going on and Greary does a great job of keeping it all tied together.