[FULL DISCLOSURE: I received my copy of this book free from the author. I was not paid for this review and the opinion expressed is purely my own]
I get 5-10 requests a month from publishers and authors to review their books here on B&BR and usually accept 3-4 of them because I don’t have as much time to read as I would like. When Richard Peters, the author of Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I contacted me and inquired about reviewing his book I had a stack of 5 other books I was working through and initially almost turned him down for lack of time. Man, am I glad I did not. Power Games is one of those rare fiction books, for me anyway, that grabs you from the start and won’t let go. I read the whole book in a marathon overnight session because I could not put it down.
The premise of the book is the story of the opening months of the second Civil War in America. The book starts with a botched assassination and tings spiral out of control from there. The divided and fractured nature of current American politics is shown for the failure waiting to happen that it is. as through a series of plausible steps the country swings from disaffection with the results of an election to open rebellion.
The action is non-stop and believable and the author’s experience as a combat vet is clearly evident by his realistic descriptions of combat itself. Just as realistic is the description of politics and journalism. Mr. Peters, grasps the essential corruption of current American society and shows how that corruption can lead to disunion when there are no leaders worthy of the name on the national stage.
The quality of the writing is outstanding, I was constantly kept in mind of the works of other writers such as Tom Kratman, John Ringo, and Michael Z. Williamson when reading this. His book is easily as good and as well written as any major published military or sci-fi writer. I have found another author to add to my list of people who I will eagerly await there next offering.
As an added bonus, Mr Peters is donating the profits from the book to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, a charity that supports wounded and ill military members at the US Military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. That is a cause I, as a veteran, can support wholeheartedly.
I highly recommend this book. It is available on Amazon.com as both a hardcopy and for Kindle.