Ghost Fleet


Title:                      Ghost Fleet

Author:                P.W. Singer

Singer, P. W. (2015) and August Cole. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of The Next World War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

LCCN:    2014039678

PS3619.I572455 G48 2015

Summary

  • “What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy’s “ghost fleet.” Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel — no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real, or could be soon. “– Provided by publisher.

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Date Posted:      November 14, 2016

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

What will the next global conflict look like? This is a vision of what might happen in a world war launched by a Chinese sneak attack on America’s eyes and brains in outer space. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic-drone strikes to old warships from the navy’s “ghost fleet.” Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbor-style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta,

Singer, a military strategist, and Cole, a former defense-industry analyst for the Wall Street Journal, combine their knowledge.

Detailed endnotes documenting the real-world technologies and trends behind the book make the fiction more plausible.

[1] The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (21, 3, Fall/Winter 2015, p.140 )

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