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Summary

What will World War III look like?

Ghost Fleet is a gripping 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 mobilise 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.

©2015 P. W. Singer and August Cole (P)2016 Recorded Books Inc

Critic reviews

"A wild book, a real page-turner." ( The Economist)
"A novel that reads like science fiction but bristles with rich detail about how the next World War could be fought." ( Vice)

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Technobabble and forgettable characters

An insightful vision of future tech but little more. You will be hard-pressed to remember the characters' names and will care little for their circumstances. Too many are introduced and then killed before you have any time to become invested in them.

The story itself goes into great detail and does quite well to make the whole premise seem plausible but is otherwise not terribly compelling. With no emotional attachment to any of the characters, I felt detached from the entire cascade of events as though watching as a neutral observer.

Ultimately though I can't help but wonder if my disappointment with this book was due mainly to the lacklustre narration. Rich Orlow seemed incapable of capturing the tone of any given scene and routinely tripped over sentence structure and emphasis. Honestly, you could use Kindle's text-to-speech feature for much the same delivery.

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good pulp story <br />narration excellent

good story not sure if its a series or not
narration excellent .Enhances the story
reconmend if its on sale or a free credit

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  • 28-01-18

Credible, engaging and interesting.

Good character development, believable story, fair pace - I liked this book. It only deals with the war at sea and has very little submarine action which surprised me, but is nevertheless a good listen. The narrator copes well with voices and his pace matches the action. Recommended.

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Enjoyed it

Pretty good story; resembled an updated Tora Tora Tora. Narration wasn't the best, but ok.

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  • 04-05-17

Entertaining and worth a go

Tough book to review but asthe headline said it's a solid 4 star book - entertaining and worth a go if you like this type of book.

The story is set in the near future where China has gone to war with America. I bought into the political set ups and how the events panned out. I also bought into the depth of knowledge on the respective militaries as well as the advances in technology - all extremely well researched and entirely plausible.

Where the book falls down for me is lack of depth to the characters that we follow. I'm not American so wasn't exactly rooting for the American characters through blind patriotism and aside from a few glimpses of personality there weren't any characters I particularly wanted to succeed - so when the story ended I wasn't left wanting more.

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Didn't like this one

What disappointed you about Ghost Fleet?

Over hyped elsewhere.
Starts as an interesting Geo political overview then drops into he said she said activity. A few missiles get fired then it's all over. Really disappointed.

What will your next listen be?

Something similar but hopefully actually good.

Have you listened to any of Rich Orlow’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Narrator was good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghost Fleet?

Everything after the first hour.

Any additional comments?

Thought it was one type of story then listened to another.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-03-18

Propaganda with endless said

Amazing amount of propaganda, minimal understanding of modern technology, horrible style, I wonder if authors know any synonym for verb "say"