2034: A Novel of the Next World War | Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis, Penguin Press, p320.
This is a must-read even for those unaccustomed to the Clancy genre of military geopolitical novels. It’s requisite due to its realistic treatment of significant trends that may weave themselves into a US-Sino war or conflict that moves beyond today's cold to massive city-wide fatalities on both sides.
Sadly, the only thing optimistic about the tale is the title because events seemingly drive the story more quickly than its projected timeline.
One strength of this novel is insights from one of its authors - Admiral Stavridis. A sub-message of the book is the reality that America’s many enemies would find opportunities in such events.
It’s an easy and quick beach/hammock read best chased by bourbon.