I downloaded Andrew Watts' The War Planners after reading the blurb and a few of the reviews. I was not disappointed. This is a fast moving political/military thriller.
My reason for wanting to read this book is somewhat unique. When I wrote The Culmination, I wrote entirely on inspiration and research. Serious research. Watts wrote The War Planners from inspiration and experience.
I was greatly relieved to discover that his underlying conclusions echo my own. Very different stories, very different approaches, but we share a common understanding about the profiteers and plotters of war.
If you enjoy thrillers, this is one you won't forget, because it is frighteningly plausible.
Andrew Watts is the USA TODAY bestselling author of Max Fend thrillers and The War Planners series. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2003 and served as a naval officer and helicopter pilot until 2013. During that time, he flew counter-narcotic missions in the Eastern Pacific and counter-piracy missions off the Horn of Africa.
He was a flight instructor in Pensacola, FL, and helped to run ship and flight operations while embarked on a nuclear aircraft carrier deployed in the Middle East.
Let's just suppose that China wanted to start a war with the United States. How would they go about it to have its greatest effect and not do too much damage to the infrastructure? Further suppose that the CIA gets wind of this and wants to figure out how China plans to do this so they can stop it. They just might get together some of the best minds in their field of expertise to analyze the probabilities. What the experts don't know, and what the reader theorizes soon enough, is that it is not the CIA and they do not want a plan to stop a war. They want a plan to implement a war.
Good action and worth the read, but the conclusion awaits in the next book (I hope).
Harmony Kent is an award winning, multi-genre author from Cornwall, England. She’s also an active member of Story Empire. When Harmony is not blogging or working on her latest and greatest, she is busy helping other writers with editing, proof reading, and manuscript appraisal.
Harmony explains, “I spent 13 years in a Buddhist temple—10 of those ordained. For a shaven-headed, black-robed novice, the days were long and the life hard. And at the end of it all, a new woman emerged, as a beautiful butterfly from a chrysalis, and spread her wings. She’d learnt how to fly. In 2013, I returned to the world and wrote my first book."
Harmony Kent delivers a powerhouse novel about a teen’s disappearance. Carole is a widow with an eighteen-year-old son. When Jayden fails to return home one evening, she discovers she missed a cryptic text he sent. Two words only: “I’m stuck.” Those words propel her into a frantic search that begins with her delving into his life online. The police insist Jayden is an adult, and there’s not much they can do—at least not until time has passed. But Carole reacts with the anguish of a mother for her only child.
As she begins to piece together Jayden’s life through online activity, she learns there is a side to her son she didn’t know about. A side that has led him into a dangerous situation. The more she delves the more the tension mounts, clues unravelling a bit at a time, for a staggering revelation at the end.
I had read this book in two days, flipping pages well into the night. The story is well-plotted with a thoroughly satisfying wrap. If you enjoy psychological fiction and domestic suspense, this is engrossing story with a plot highly relevant to current times.