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Book Review: Riding the Red Horse

Riding the Red Horse is a military anthology by Vox Day and the iconoclastic Tom Kratman. In it nonfiction short essays are mixed military fiction. This blending of fiction and nonfiction provides a nice change of pace compare to most of the other fiction only anthologies.

Like any anthology, one will like some works are better than others. However the overall quality of the anthology shines as the entries  are uniformly entertaining and  thought provoking.

I had four favorites.

My first favorite was the excellent short essay Make the Tigers fight by James D. Perry. This essay examines the Soviet strategy of keeping the United States and China entangled in a series of proxy wars in Southeast Asia. Perry provides an interesting perspective on the causes and effects of this strategy. He offer a new lens with which to examine the Vietnam and Korean war.

The second essay I especially liked was the non fiction Battlefield Lases by Eric S. Raymond discussing the future of warefare in an era of ever cheaper and more powerful lasers. The author also examines the vast geopolitical changes this technological shift threatens to unleash.

Sucker Punch by Eric S. Raymond  is a gripping story of the Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the near future. It reads like Tom Clancy novel and is an exciting read while also being though provoking.

The final favorite was the short story Turncoat by Steve Raza. In the far distant future an Artificial Intelligence grapples with morality and warfare as an interstellar war rages between humanity and the post humans.

I recommended this anthology to anyone who enjoys history and military fiction.

Rating: Gold


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