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Trial by Fire

(Scott Dixon #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Thirteen army officers, fed up with decades of corruption and bungling under the ruling Revolutionary Party, have decapitated the Mexican government with one well-placed presidential plane crash. The Council of Thirteen, as they call themselves, speedily and rather brutally set about carving the rot from the Mexican political and governmental structure. The poor and the mi ...more
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Published May 28th 1993 by Pocket Books (first published April 15th 1992)
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Bob Conner
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-war
Coyle is an excellent author with a good knowledge of military. His story lines are intriguing and, while fictional, are not only credible, but very possible.
Ann Amadori
Good ending but a long time getting there.
Jun 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lots of different people
Shelves: political, got-it, fiction
This book is hard to "pigeon-hole" as far as recommendations are concerned. I could easily recommend this to several different groups. Those that come to mind are (in no particular order):
1)Harold Coyle or Tom Clancy fans
2)Anyone interested in political novels
3)Anyone interested in US/Mexico relations
4)Fans of "Alternate reality" books

You can put me in those last two categories but; mainly, I read this because the story revolves around the question "What would happen if the USA and Mexico went
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
A different kind of war. Not the typical A vs B. Interesting take.

I enjoyed reading about Nancy Kozak, the first female infantry officer. That had some interesting explorations.

Despite the above interesting bits, it was like mos war books. And the ending was a little too neat for my tastes.
Mike Emett
Good plot, kinda scary if you grew up near the border and you actually knew a thing or 2 about Mexico and drug lords and such. This had good potential... but the ending... could have been better. a lil more suspense, action, political intrigue and consequences and that jazz.. just felt a bit rushed. Good, but not as good as previous novels like Team Yankee.
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Apr 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cold War mania! Riding the wave of military techno-thrillers that underscored the post Reagan world.
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Good actions scenes but gets a little too wordy sometimes. The author will spend an entire page explaining some detail of military life that doesn't contribute anything to the story.
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1non-fiction, box8
Excellent book - a what if on Mexican/US war. Good alternate history.
John Burnham
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Although it was a faced paced, exciting story, I had a problem with the improbability of a war between the U.S.A. and Mexico.
Ben Diaz
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Decent. The book over simplifies some of the problems- most notably with the female infantry officer. Overall a fun read, but the ending is both abrupt and not believable.
I.F. Adams
A modern day retelling of the Pancho Villa punitive expedition. Sort of. Harold has amazingly accurate military descriptions, but that is a mixed bag as it can make it really dry.
If you are interested in military plans and the execution of them it is a good book. Also a viewpoint of 2 countries and a drug business at war is interesting. More than one way of looking at things
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a book about America getting into a war with Mexico. It is written quite well with personalized details about battles, etc. I thought it was really good.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-fiction
Considering the current situation in Mexico, this may be more prophetic than I thought when I read it years ago.
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Harold Coyle is an American author of historical, speculative fiction and war novels including Team Yankee, a New York Times best-seller.He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1974 and spent seventeen years on active duty with the U.S. Army.He lives in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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