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Red Metal

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,485 ratings  ·  424 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gray Man series comes a startlingly realistic novel of World War III.

A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control for generations over the worl
Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Berkley
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t usually read war thrillers, but... ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I thought this would be a great book to share with my dad, so we can discuss it. ♥️

Back in February, I was invited to read a Gray Man novel by Mark Greaney, Mission Critical. I loved it. It was edgy and full of action. I read it as a standalone, but it is part of a series. This book, Red Metal, is a true standalone.

What if World War III happened?

Russia takes a hit at both Western Europe and east Africa. The goal is to gain control of ke
This is a stand-alone book. The book is about a modern war with Russia. It is primarily a United States Marines with tank and infantry type of story but with some Marine air support and a bit of help from the Navy. A female submarine captain performs heroic maneuvers to help the Marines. The story takes place in Africa (Kenya), Poland, Germany.

The book is well written; the characters are exciting and colorfully. The book could have been shorter, but it is written in the Clancy style. The story s
The Real Book Spy
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best known for his Gray Man series, New York Times bestseller Mark Greaney shows yet again why he’s one of the most talented, versatile, and dominant writers in the genre today with Red Metal (co-authored with Lt. Col. H. Ripley Rawlings), a brilliant standalone that offers a realistic glimpse at what World War III might look like in the near future.

Seeking to restore their reputation as a superpower, a desperate Russia launches a daring plan to take back several Rare Earth mineral mines in Afr
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Wow! What a story.
This book is a massive read but loaded with so much action you don’t really realize how fast the pages fly. These men brought a masterful story together that just begs to be read by anyone interested in military novels, action, thrills and suspense, and realistic stories that are so plausible, it’s damn near scary.

I was reading some additional information regarding how these two authors met and how the idea for the story came together. The incredible knowled
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Greaney et al's 600+-page Red Metal (Penguin Group 2019), we follow the carefully orchestrated and brilliant Russian plot to simultaneously strike Western Europe, Taiwan, and East Africa with the goal of taking over several Rare Earth mineral mines in Africa that they believe will give the Russians control over America if not the West. Told through the eyes of different parties, each involved in different ways--a Polish civilian warrior who has barely enough training to fire her weapon, two R ...more
Donna Hines
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Who dare awaken the Russian Bear?
Russia is ready to take back what it lost but there may be a high price to pay!
Complex characters, multi layered plot, tech savvy action, and high powered excitement awaits.
Crack this one open and you'll find that the Cold War may have returned to an exact science enticing readers to flip pages faster than ever before.
This one has it all and I'm so blessed to have been able to read an early ARC.
Thank you to Mark Greaney, the publisher, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindl
I couldn't get enough of RED METAL! This is the best military/action novel I've read in quite a while. The author did a marvelous job of explaining various military moves; it was so well done that I could visualize everything. There is non-stop action as we follow those "bastard" Russians around the world as they begin wars on several fronts. Highly recommended reading!
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Mark Greaney's Gray Man books. This is a departure in that it does not feature the Gray Man, but is rather a stand alone about a conventional Russian invasion of the West. If you like a lot of technical details about weapons and weapon systems (I do) you will enjoy this book. If you do not, it would be somewhat tedious. It also tells the story of what amounts to the beginning of World War III from the men who fight it, that is, all of the main characters are colo ...more
Jim Farrow
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WARNING! WARNING! Find yourself a quiet confortable seat, a bucket of beers, put the dogs out and tell the family you are busy. From page one until the end of the book you will be engrossed in reading Red Metal, it is a can't put down book. The authors have gone beyond excellent in preparing this novel for those who enjoy reading military novels. The Russians are coming and NATO is blind, what else can happen? Get a copy anyway you can and find out. This should be the book of the year.

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Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding 21st Century military fiction that ranks with the best I've ever read. Truly memorable characters, an original plot premise and relentless action power this kick ass novel. Semper Fi to co-author Lt. Col. Hunter Rawlings USMC.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Not my type of typical read; however, still a fab read!! A few times in the book, I felt that it was drug on and on but it still kept my attention and worthy of 4 stars!❤️❤️
Unseen Library
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready for World War III, because bestselling author Mark Greaney has teamed up with Lt. Col. Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV. USMC to create an absolutely incredible military thriller, Red Metal, which looks at how a potential invasion from Russia would unfold.

After years of war in the Middle East, the United States and their allies are preparing themselves for the next conflict. Many believe that this war will occur in the Pacific Ocean against China, especially after the Chinese begin to interfe
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, military, action

What a great book - I'm no stranger to espionage & assassin thrillers, but this was my first military thriller and it did not disappoint! There is a plethora of military lingo & terminology; I found I was constantly looking up tanks, airplanes, helicopters, personnel carriers, submarines & a wide variety of other vehicle and weapon models to truly get a feel for the large scale battles that take place in this story.

Taking place on a global scale, you'll find the characters constantly absorbed in

Jim A
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-authors
It's been a long time since I've read a military thriller that encompassed as much as this work. The battle scenes with Russian troops moving across Eastern Europe reminded me of the novels of Larry Bond and Harold Coyle from 30 or so years ago. The battle scenes of the Marine Corp in Africa was as exciting as one can find in a novel. Add in a French spy, French Special Forces, a navy submarine and Polish civilian militia. At 600 plus pages the authors took their time to develop all of the chara ...more
Mark Vetter
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you liked Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, Larry Bond's Red Phoenix, or Harold Coyle's Team Yankee you will love Mark Greaney's Red Metal The plot is timely, characters compelling and the action is riveting, I was drawn in on page 1 and had to force myself to put it down so I could sleep!
Russia is back and the new Cold War has grown very hot indeed. The viewpoint is told from both sides which makes for a much better read.
I would highly suggest that you don't have to get up early if you read Red
Thomas Pulaski
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best military fiction novels I have read since Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising. The action is amazing and so true to life. The character descriptions are rich and the locations are exciting. I could not put this down. I stayed up four nights in a row past midnight to see what was going to happen next. The authors, one of which I think went to war and the other is the awesome Greaney who wrote the Grey Man series which I really enjoy. Nail biting, gripping, awesome!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Fast reading with a lot of action. In my opinion the technical detail was just about right ... not too much to drag out the plot and enough to give you a good understanding of the tactics and strategy. Looking forward to the next book.
Slaven Tomasi
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Introducing Red Metal, from Mark Greaney, the author behind seven Tom Clancy novels in the Jack Ryan series as well as eight of his own Gray Man novels. The latest, Mission Critical debuted top five on New York Times Best Seller list. Also, co-written by Marine Corps Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Hunter “Rip” Rawlings IV. An infantry and Reconnaissance Officer with over 22-years of experience, including ten combat and peace keeping deployments. These two writers, one very talented, meticulous with ...more
Michael Houtz
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit that Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising is one of, if not the best, military thrillers I've ever read (my own opinion). So, I anticipated this release with a huge mountain of expectation. At over 200K of finished word count, it's a massive scale book told through the eyes of a handful of participants in a global WWIII setting. I don't like spilling the goods on a new release, so I'll keep this brief: The research is impeccable, done over several years, and the character choices aren't alwa ...more
Tom Donaghey
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Red Metal (2019) by Mark Greaney and Lt. Col. H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC. For fans of the military thriller genre, this is one not to be missed. On a par with Red Storm Rising, Red Phoenix, Team Yankee and other compelling, European land-based military incursion adventures, Red Metal goes beyond the expected.
The book begins a few years earlier when Spetsnaz Colonel Yuri Borbikov is forced to withdraw in humiliation from a mine he has been holding in Kenya. Proud beyond the norm, he plans reve
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Russian bear has awakened from her long slumber and she’s starving. Starving for power. In Asia, China is again threatening Taiwan’s independence and in eastern Europe, the Polish partisan fighters are trying valiantly to defend their homeland from Russia’s tyranny. All the above are merely precursors to the Russian army marching across Poland and Belarus to reach the seaport to sail around the Horn of Africa to a rare earth mine in Kenya. This is the same mine Russia was forced to cede thre ...more
Tonya Robbins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm Active Duty Navy and I LOVED this book. First of all, let's make something clear. There ARE women on submaarines, and they are on all classes of submarine TODAY! Not tomorrow, not in the near future, we are on fast attacks and boomers, so get used to it. (Yes, I read one review that started "Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, the authors chose to be politically correct and make a female sub captain." Well, my friend, we are already onboard, and it's just a few years before we're commanding, aga ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This is a great read! “Red Metal” is a masterfully written military thriller that addresses current world issues. It holds you in its grip from beginning to end. The characters are extremely well developed and I found myself vested in their outcomes. The plot is realistic, scary and creates a thrilling ride. I can’t recommend it enough! “Red Metal” is in the same vain as Tom Clancy’s best. BTW in reading his Bio he coauthored several of Tom’s books! Now, when is the movie coming out??
This is an excellent read and I'm extremely happy that I did not give up (a few times I thought of doing due to detailed tanks and artillery). What pulled me through were the fascinating cast of characters and great writing. You rooted for them, bonded with many and grieved for those with early departure - surprisingly this includes the French and Polish characters.
This book is Army/Marine Corps heavy with support from the Navy and Air Force.
James Winchell
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As everyone has been saying Red Metal is truly Tom Clancy style (Red Storming Rising). Full of details and not one real lead character just a bunch of strong support roles. The last 100 pages will leave you wanting more.
9.5/10. I could go on but I don’t want to ruin the plot. If you like Tom Clancy this is a must read book.
Jennifer Baratta
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dear Donald Trump don't make this book become reality. Although my book was damaged it was an Outstanding story.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a book about war. You get entrenched in the battles and the combat scenes are riveting. I received an advanced copy of the book and was lucky to be able to read it before the release date. It happened to be a very well told story about a rogue-ish type operation to seize a natural minerals mine in Kenya. It spans several continents and countries with operations in Kenya, Taiwan, China, Germany, Belarus and a couple more. The action is high and the suspense is gripping at times. The novel ...more
Matthew Clements
This novel was such an amazing page turner. The depth of characters and the scope of the details of the book were outstanding.

The scenario portrayed of a desperate Russia unveiling a plan to regain control of a rare earth mine from the West showcases the wonder and horror of modern air, land, sea and space combat.

The incredible characters will have your heart racing while all of the different threads combine into one master work remiscent of Tom Clancy's epic Red Storm Rising. Truth be told - I
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book from Rip Rawlings and Mark Greaney. Absolutely gripping you from the first page, with action packing every chapter along the way. This is a big book but it does not read that long, it moves along really well. Can’t wait for Rip’s next book.
Grouchy Historian
OMG. Get this book and read it now.
Just do it.
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Mark Greaney has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In researching The Gray Man series he traveled to ten countries and trained extensively in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close range combative tactics.


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