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H-Hour

(Northern Fury #1)

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August 1991. Soviet hardliner Pavel Medvedev knows that only bloodshed can save the USSR from complete collapse. With violence breaking out in the streets of Moscow, few realize that he is piloting the Soviet Union on a collision course with its deadliest enemy yet: NATO. US Marine Colonel Robert Buckner, passed over for a coveted command, takes a post working for Vice Adm ...more
Paperback, 628 pages
Published May 5th 2019 by Ursus Rising
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D. E.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A BG./JR. Military Adventure Mystery Thriller/World War III

BG/JR have. penned a war time novel, which begins on Northern Europe then spreads across the world. The two writers, in their opinion, have spared no chances for misinterpretation with the different factions that face off with each other. The combat scenes and those descriptions are current with those inventories. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS
Mike
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was recently asked by Bart Gauvin and Joel Radunzel to review their first book, Northern Fury: H Hour. This was exciting because I am a huge fan of Bart’s scenario work since playing my first during the Harpoon era and culminating into what I think is his GOAT level work with his Northern Fury CMANO scenario set. This work helped grow the popularity of the games and created wonderful stories for players to fall into after a hard day in the mine. Now partnering with a talented writer like Joel ...more
Bobbie Bridges
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well thought out

As a former air assault battalion commander and an airborne company commander in Alaska, as well as an instructor in the operational level of war, I found this to be a well thought out operational plan for the invasion of Norway.
PETER ODUKWE
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very very good book. Red Storm Rising by the late Tom Clancy is my favourite book and all books for me in this genre are for me measured against this. Most fall well short, this does not. As this is not the complete story, I can only hope the wait for the next book is not too long. There is a great level of detail here, I wish I had found the book earlier. It's a long one but captivating in its scope. I keenly await what comes next. Brilliant so far ...more
Curt Bradley
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining to say the least.

Very well done! I am looking forward to the other books as they come out. As this book ends, the good guys are back on their heels, without a lot of hope for the future. Somehow we expect them to turn it around. I guess we will see.
Mike64
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. The storyline is incredible as are the characters. I can’t wait for the next book. This was a wonderful story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

Well done!
Whatismoo
Jun 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Spoilers for this and other books (mainly Ralph Peters' Red Army, and Clancy's Red Storm Rising) throughout so, y'know, be warned.

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This book is 619 pages. The war starts on page 313. You'll note that this is just over half way through. The first half of the book is spent setting up the war, which involves a great deal of the "pronoun game" and characters saying "now let me tell you the plan..." and then the authors neglect to tell the reader the plan while the rest of the characters in the sce
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Bruce Bonaney
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Northern Fury's attention to technical detail combined with personal stories makes for a compelling read on what could have been an all too possible reality in our not too distant past. Read it and enjoy. ...more
David Mcgowan
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A believable alternative history

A great story, well constructed characters and the level of detail in the tech is excellent. Well worth the read and looking forward to the next installment.
Diego
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb

I didn’t enjoy so much since Red Storm Rising. If you like modern war novels I recommend it at 100%
Brian Smith
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid Counterfactual WWIII Scenario

Got turned on to this as a CMNAO player and fan of the genre. Well thought out, well paced, and well strategized scenarios. Enough tactical surprises to make it fresh and intriguing. The plot, pacing, and characterizations are easily as good as the stuff published by the ‘big name’ authors in the genre. The book is also clearly professionally edited- a huge plus in this era of publishing. Highly recommended and looking forward to seeing more of the story unfold
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Don Rouse
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good twist on history.

The book is a little slow developing, it dowes build nicely. Can not wait for book 2 of this series.
Michael Rogero
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors channeled Tom Clancy as the military-techno thriller writing is that good. The authors do a very good job building up from when the Cold War historically ended to this alternate history where the Soviet Union didn't go quietly at the end to why the started a war with the West. They did a good job of weaving historical events into their fiction and is very believable. This first novel in a series only covers the first two days but does a great job of telling the story in the air, land ...more
Mark Sileikis
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read and a different perspective

Refreshing to read a WW III story where only Americans are the hero's. Norway, Canada and the UK take the lead in many aspects on Day 1. The fog of war is shown very well and technical aspects are good. One telling oversight and is explained by the authors being Army, Navy and Marines do not salute without wearing covers (hats). And we don't wear covers indoors, unless we are under arms. The staff would not stand at attention and salute at the end of a mee
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John  McNair
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
in short, I found this an absolutely brilliant book. The writing, the story line, the detail all came together wonderfully. I will re-read it, soon, seeing as I raced through some parts dealing with action and combat, eager to see what the outcome was. Because the outcome wasn't always as one would think, and that in itself made the story so appealing. If there is any wee drawback to this book, it is that so many story lines are left hanging, unresolved. Of course, Gauvin and Radunzel planned it ...more
P
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really pulled me in to the story. Can't wait to finish the series.

Those who like action should read this book. Great detail on the military capabilities of the nineties and a great integration into the story.
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Kent Phyfe
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New take on old history!

I love when an author rewrites history with a different slant and makes it work. So often we find ourselves lost in reality that it’s nice to take a walk down memory lane and say this could have happened but.... well written book great read.
Rory
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best addition to the techno-thriller Genre since Clancy's Red Storm Rising. I read it cover-to-cover in a single--12 hour--sitting! ...more
jon doe
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read and so close to what reality could be.
Arne
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot better than I thought - where is #2?

My pet peeve: People in Europe don't pay signing a check, that's an American thing. At least I never saw anybody in Sweden do it.
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Gary Young
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot recommend this book more .

The best , fastest moving book for a very long time . I had to fight to put it down , the grasp of U.S. and Russian weaponry and tactics is inspiring . Roll on the next book
Merv Whitcombe
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracking good read, a bit slow to begin with but once it gets going it a real page turner
MATT
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting read

The book moves at breakneck speed and is difficult to put dowm, I can t wait for the next episode
MARTIN WITHERS
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb blockbuster.

A modern classic, long but fascinating read, tremendous detail and action also thorough political details to set scene. Very exciting and interesting book.
Michael Levy
Very clever strategy,I hope the Russians never read it.

I enjoyed the story,the Russian characters were given a lot of space which is unusual.how the Americans missed the build up of troops,.in Chekoslovakia seems odd.but well thought out.
craig hurdle
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I gave it a four star rating
Was an interesting read
About a war with the European union
And Russia against the United States
A third world war story
David
This is the best military fiction I've read since Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising." ...more
Allyn Nichols
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent take on the cold war going hot.

Excellent operational detail and planning. Well written despite a few personal gripes with some of the writing style. For a debut however it is well worth reading. Especially if you have an interest in operational command and modern naval / air warfare.
JoAnn Radunzel
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Not my typical genre to read but held my attention to the point I could not put it down. Great character development. Looking forward to the next installment!
Jack Strain
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong first book in the series

Extraordinary range of detail...authors have tremendous understanding of modern warfare, tactics, force structure, etc. Also the political storyline is creative and believable. My only issue revolves around the sheer volume of detail...at times it was just too much. I wanted the story and plot to move forward but the multitude of characters and small scale action was tough to follow at points. That being said, the authors deserve credit for a highly readable and ab
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Bart Gauvin is a veteran of more than thirty-years of service as an artillery officer in the Canadian Army. In his free time, he builds exciting scenarios set in the Northern Fury universe for the war game Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations. He resides with his wife, Tammy, and two distracting pugs in Ontario, Canada.

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