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The War After Armageddon

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  548 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Shocking scenes of battle... unforgettable soldiers... heartbreaking betrayals...

In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed... with millions slaughtered. A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land.

The Marines storm ash
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Forge Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: skimmed
Sadly, if I could give less than one star I would. Mr. peters has a good deal of military experience and knows a bit about the military (though he shorthands a few things here, most won't notice it.). What he doesn't understand is "actual Christianity".

I won't try to give a seminar on this book's flaws. I know there will be those who want to debate the point, But, the "book" adopts the idea that all religions must be pretty much the same, if you are what is termed a "fundamentalist". The lack of
Andy Wixon
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A face paced military thriller that keeps you wonder what's going to happen next. While a work a fiction the author's note at the end does bring to light some of the themes of the book that others find controversial: religious fanaticism and our military's over reliance on technology. To the second I can have first hand knowledge. GPS were becoming smaller and less cumbersome when I left the Army in 1995 and already the up and coming troops were using them as a crutch in navigation instead of ma ...more
Dec 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
One of the most refreshing “what if?” books I’ve read in awhile.

Not a happy book, Peters takes the reader 50 years into the future where a full on Crusade is occurring, modern weapons and all. I enjoyed the military aspects of the book as well as the political/religious rationale leading up to the book’s conclusion, though the latter part was chilling. Good read.
Ed Malewitz
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
As all of Peter's books, he gets the technology and details right. The premise is very disturbing, and, unfortunately, quite plausible.

If the US-Islamic Terror war we are currently waging seems bad, the future Peters describes is so much worse.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
A disturbing and depressing book.

Peters clearly belongs to the school that believes religion - all religion - is the source of all evil in the world and that there is no difference from one religion to another. All are ultimatley based on a foundation of blood thirsty fanaticsm.

In the near future, a United States, weary of the clash of civilization conflict with Islam, elects a fundamentalist Christian Vice President, reconstitutes the National Guard as the Military Order of the Brothers in Chr
Gerry Claes
Jun 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoy Ralph Peters analysis of the conflicts in the middle east and thought he might present an interesting scenario as to how things might play out in this novel. The basis of the story is that a number of nuclear Bombs have been used in Israel, Europe, parts of the United States and the middle east. The United states is being overtaken by Christian zealots who have become a major political force and have their own army, Military Order of the Brothers in Christ (MOBIC). MOBIC wants to replace ...more
Eric Johnson
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When I was younger, when I was entranced by a book, I stayed up real late, knowing that I was going to wake up early. The War after Armageddon.... Wow.

All I can say about just finishing this book that it really is an eye-opener. Some spoilers... but who cares? Anyways, it's a fictional war against the US against the Muslims. The US is falling into a Theocracy rather than a democracy, and oh by the way, it's not "guys with AKs and Turbans", we're talking a modern, fierce opponent that can Stop T
John Hanscom
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to John by: myself, I suppose, as I had enjoyed an earlier novel
If there is one contemporary novel I would make required reading, this one would be it (along with The Handmaid's Tale), especially under the present political and religious climate, both here and abroad. The premise is simple - a group of radical Islamists use nuclear weapons to try to conquer the world, especially the US, for their version of Islam. The US retaliates. However, within the US, the religious right uses this as an excuse to begin an inexorable takeover of the government. This nove ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was disturbed by the book and felt it was completely unrealistic. It is my belief that a vast portion of the population would need to be dead for our society to fall so far over the line. The author wishes it to be a plausable society that tolerates the eradication of an entire race and religion. The author would have you believe that book burning and forcing people to follow your religious beliefs would be tolerated. In essence the author wants you to believe that if Adolph Hitler were alive ...more
Alain Dewitt
May 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I am starting to think that I should put Ralph Peters into the same category I created for John Le Carre. Allow me to explain. I have read several Le Carres. And every time I finish myself I promise myself I won't read any others. Only to dupe myself later into reading another. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I think this is the third Peters book I've read and it's by far the worst. The plot is a bit on the far-fetched side but I can forgive that. Fiction writers are supposed to stretch the boundaries of
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a frighteningly realistic look at what could easily be the near future of warfare for the United States military. Peters takes readers on a vivid journey through an all out war in the Middle East between radical Islamist regimes, and the US that begins with nuclear / dirty bombs exploding in several European and US cities.

In addition to exploring what "modern" warfare could look like in a world of constant EMP and electronic jamming, Peters also gives us a peek into what the US will loo
May 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: war, fiction
Like Frankie said, this book could have been huge - in size and impact. This is a story about the military engagement after the US is nuked in LA and Vegas, and the religious right rises up to form its own military arm to fight back. The ol' US Army and Marines are left to fight with the left-overs that the Evangelical avengers leave behind. And the US Army general, "Flintlock" Harris, is a great character who could have withstood so much more fictional development. A religious man himself, he w ...more
Philip Boling
Sep 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
One of those, I need to have something on the plane to read.

The book has two heroic individuals, with strong moral compasses who are willing to die for others and they are obliged.

Everyone else including the author is well, jaded I think best describes the book; somehow the author gives the impression that 99.8% of religious people have become hate mongers with zero humanity, I mean zero humanity.

Author's theory: religion = hate filled fanaticism.

Therefore: simplistic religion = genocide = end
Frank Roberts
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
While the writing and the plot were effective and interesting, I just couldn't accept the premise. Yes, I can accept that Muslim extremists will go too far one day, nuke a city or two and force an overwhelming response that will result in massive suffering. What I can't buy is that the response will be couched in terms of a Crusade, and that the US would become a Christian polity. Our nation is too secular, and divided too much. Any attempt to force a Christian coup here would be strongly oppose ...more
Very good, though also very depressing. As a retired military type I appreciated the skill with which the author translated a lot of military jargon into clear English, making the story much more accessible for readers who haven't had occasion to learn that jargon, and did so without making the dialogue or narrative feel stilted.
This story also addresses a pet worry of mine: the growing influence of hateful fanaticism in both domestic and world politics. The author did an excellent job of showin
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
An interesting and utterly depressing view of our future. One of the strengths of this book is that it addresses the religious fundamentalism that is growing within our own country as a parallel to Muslim fundamentalism. It's nice to see someone remember that Christians are quite talented at holy wars themselves.

On a literary note (having not ever read contemporary military fiction before!), the book takes quite a long time establishing characters and locations before anything actually happens.
Bernie Davis
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ralph Peters is a talented writer, with obvious ideology in his bones. The story he presents here borders on plausible and very worth having an understanding of what can go wrong in these days of memory of 9/11 and all these terrible events of the last 10 to 20 years.

Israel has been obliterated but not defeated. The USA is not the USA - but parts remain ....

Saying anything more gives away too much - I recommend it - but, be prepared to question - could that really happen? Many times, the answer
Scott Hermann
Sep 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Nightmare scenario near-future techno-thriller depicts the end of the US and its current military in the face of a rising tide of domestic religious fundamentalists and amoral political opportunists. Tom Clancy in ashes: weapons fail, valor fails, the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Initially put-off by thin characters and obvious failure of copy-editing, but won over by the plot and the bits of sometimes nihilistic speculation about possible cultural ...more
John Devlin
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Initially, I was skeptical. The book starts w/an abundance of military lingo, and though I've always liked Clancy's techno-thrillers it's easy to go overboard. But the novel grows as does the characters, and the G.I. Joe caricatures melt into some thing far more interesting. Couple this w/ several shock and awe moments of a writer doing the surprising and some interesting near future sci-fi turns and this is Mission Accomplished.
Nov 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Excessive use of F word--- too much military jargon and acronyms... I am glad the author reduced them (claims author in endnotes) very little story line. Just war details. I would add this to worst books of all time.

If you do decide to read this book check out the glossary FIRST as well as the list of characters.
Ed Coet
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable and intriguing read. Author Ralph Peters brings a career of military intelligence experience to the written page to make this suspenseful read entirely credible. I highly recommend this book to others.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was interesting, but I had hoped it would go into more depth about what was happening in the US, or maybe even that it was happening in the US.

Whatever though, I'm still a sucker for this genre.
David K.
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Pretty good tale, my first foray into post-apocalyptic fiction. I was worried it would paint Muslims in an overly negative way. but Peters seems to understand that we're all piles of shit who are bound to murder eachother in the end. Yay!
Ben Rand
This was an unusually good find. It reminded me (scared me, actually) of 1984. A bleak look at a possible future that is so close to reality.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Realistic, well-written battle scenes. The political environment is frighteningly real. I just hope this isn't some were premonition of things to come.
Drue Allen
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only gave this a 4 b/c it was a bit difficult to read - but an excellent book and well written. I'll read another by Col. Peters.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: war
Ralph Peters has progressed as a writer, but his characters still tend to be cardboard cut-outs. Now, his action sequences/battle scenes are quite good.
Jan 13, 2011 added it
Not a big Fiction reader, but very much enjoyed this book. Col. Peters has a very informed perspective. He does some very "educated" creative writing.
Richard White
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very good read! Makes you think about the post apocalyptic world. Highly recommended and it stimulates your thinking.

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Ralph Peters is a novelist, an essayist, a former career soldier, and an adventurer in the 19th-century sense. He is the author of a dozen critically acclaimed novels, two influential works on strategy, "Beyond Terror" and "Fighting for the Future".

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