Fire War: Book 1
Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite
Fire War by T.T. Michael is my type of novel. First, its protagonist is a sergeant in the United States military. Doesn’t matter to me whether we’re talking Marine, Army, or even Navy Seal. I like good, well told, realistic stories about all these guys. Next, Fire War takes place in the future. Around the year 2051 to be more precise, though the story jumps back and forth in time a little. This is the near future, a future some people reading this review will see. When done well, near future stories about the United States are much more interesting to me than tales that take place long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, though I like those stories too. The bottom line for me is that Fire War takes place in a future very easy to imagine because elements of it are in place today and Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is someone I can totally relate to because I have been in his boots and done his job.
In the world of Fire War, the United States and Canada have become the North American Union. Terrorism is still a threat but wears a new name. Al Qaeda and Isis are old news. The new threat is called Hariq Jihad, or Fire War. Gunnery Sergeant Jackson is the best sniper in the NAU and boy, is his story exciting! Great writing and realistic depictions of the dilemmas many American service members have had to face made Fire War a fast, exciting read. This future seems totally possible, even probable. I really enjoyed this book and this probable future. I can’t wait to read more of it.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat futuristic thriller.
BySusan Keefeon October 7, 2015
Disasters, and the people who cause them, are etched in the very core of a nation. The horrific attacks of July 14th, 2051 by Hariq Jihad (‘Fire War’) had such an effect, and because of them the United Continental States of America was formed uniting USA, Canada and Mexico.
Years later, with no terrorism threats, and stability reigning, the people are happy with President Meyers, the man who has been the driving instrument, and has made this happen. The country is run under a tightly controlled, inflexible system, people know what to do, and where their loyalties must lie. However, there are others who do not agree…
President Meyers needs to be surrounded by loyal protection. When Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is offered the chance to become part of his security detail, it is the perfect opportunity for the Marine, coming just at the right time and providing much needed stability for him, his wife and two little girls.
However, as the years pass by and his girls grow older, Anthony discovers that they have wills of their own, and do not follow blindly like the majority. Also, he is tormented by an incident in the past which he must put to rest.
Will his loyalty to the President and all he stands for, stand strong when his family need him, and their lives may be in danger?
This is a powerful and thought provoking futuristic thriller, which certainly opens your eyes to the possibility of a very different world in years to come…
Fire War: Book 2 – Treason
Jackson twisted a little in his chair, trying to get comfortable. A woman padded make up onto his face, mopping up the sweat that was already beading his brow from the hot lights. In front of him a camera hummed into life, a red light glowing, a light that he’d been told to watch closely, to keep his eyes focused on. His stomach throbbed with nerves, and he felt sweat roll down his back under the clean, white shirt he was wearing. How had it come to this? How was he about to betray his country? Behind the
Behind the camera he could just make out three men. One was the camera man, his hand already raised to count him on to the air. The other two were faceless in the shadows, would remain faceless for the whole broadcast. It wouldn’t do for rebel Apocolyte leaders to give away their identity, not at this point. The camera man’s fingers dropped from three to two, and Jackson took a deep breath trying to steady himself. The words he was about to say swam in his mind. The makeup girl swiftly left the small podium, and he was alone as the count dropped again from two to one. Just a moment. One more moment. Jackson
The camera man’s fingers dropped from three to two, and Jackson took a deep breath trying to steady himself. The words he was about to say swam in his mind. The makeup girl swiftly left the small podium, and he was alone as the count dropped again from two to one. Just a moment. One more moment. Jackson prayed in his mind. Please God, give me the strength, he said, silently. He remembered the old prayer of Serenity. Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Hot, white lights flashed on and the red camera light brightened, and Jackson smiled. He was on air. It was now or never. To betray his country or to save his country. Give me the wisdom. “People of the UCSA,” he began. “My name is Anthony Jackson. And I have a message for you.”