|Plot Summary of World War III, The Beginning|
|"The story opens with Captain Helen St. James taking the newest U.S. submarine, USS Hunley, out for sea trials and testing her new propulsion system. While underway on the trials a message is received that the Islamic Republic sending carrier task forces on what is considered unusual maneuvers. We soon find out that all nuclear weapons have been destroyed as well as all spy satellites. The Islamic Republic is formed when all the countries from North Africa through the Middle East put aside their differences and join together in opposition to the west. They then build up their industrial base and build a mighty military force.
A U.S. submarine is sunk off the coast of Tripoli and the Republic uses this as an excuse to declare war. They seal off the Mediterranean trapping several U.S. ships and order them to surrender or be sunk. They attack Washington D.C. by running Lear jets loaded with high explosives into the White House and Pentagon. (This book was originally published in 2000 well before 9/11.) A U.S., British and French carrier battle group attack a superior Islamic group in an attempt to free the U.S. ships from the Med. The battle is a draw and a cripple Hunley has to take on the bottleneck of ships in the Straits of Gibraltar to release the trapped U.S. ships.
The final mission in the book for the Hunley is to land a SEAL team on unfriendly shores, then take on an invasion force heading for Italy."
Navyman, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of World War III, The Beginning|
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Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 40%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
Time/era of story:
- near future
- near future war
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Who's the terrorist enemy here?
- arabs and/or muslims
Search for technology?
- special ship
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- navy soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
Motive of antagonist
The antagonists are:
- Islamic Fundamentalists
- fort/military installation
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
- hundreds or more
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- descript. of breasts
A lot of techno jargon?
Kind of jargon?
- military technology
Unusual forms of death
- exploded into bits
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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