Before I start my review, I would like to thank The Liberty Publishing Company and NetGalley for allowing me to review A Line Too Far by B.C. Colman.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received A Line Too Far from The Liberty Publishing Company through NetGalley for free for my honest review**
Now onto my review:
Title: A Line Too Far
Author: B.C. Colman
Publisher: The Liberty Publishing Company
Date of publication: September 26th 2016
How many pages: 320
Part of a series: No
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Chinese commandos in a lightning raid have seized the vast, under-populated, resource-rich lands of Northern Australia. Thousands of Australian soldiers are held hostage. International realpolitik has left Australia abandoned by its supposed allies and its brittle social fabric is rapidly unwinding as the people panic.
A Chinese ultimatum demands the annexation of the country’s top half in ten days, or face a full-scale invasion.
As other politicians clamour to sue for peace, Prime Minister, Gary Stone, in a desperate race against time and impossible military and political odds must commit to a risky and controversial plan to try to free the country
I was initially undecided about this book when I was reading the email with it featured (along with a few other books). See, I am not a huge fan of war/spy books but will read them. I mainly read them because it makes me feel closer to my grandfather, who died in June of 2015. He was always reading and he loved that genre. That is what ultimately made me chose this book.
To be honest, I was prepared to not like the book and just trudge through it. But I ended up really liking it. The beginning was a little bumpy but once it ironed out and the book picked up pace, it was a very enjoyable read. I actually read it one day.
Now, I did read some reviews where people were complaining that this scenario is unrealistic. Ummm….hello, it’s a fiction book. Fiction. For those unfamiliar with the definition here it is (pulled from Google). Everyone is entitled to their opinions but jeeze….lol.:
literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.
synonyms: novels, stories, (creative) writing, (prose) literature;informallit“the popularity of South American fiction”
a belief or statement that is false, but that is often held to be true because it is expedient to do so.“the notion of that country being a democracy is a polite fiction”
I highlighted the areas that I think stand out and that’s all I have to say about it.
Anyways, like I said above, I thought it was a good and quick read. I think I learned more about how the Australian government works than I ever wanted to know. I thought the author did a realistic job of showing how people will panic when an event like this happens (or as preppers like to say: SHTF: Shit Hit The Fan). From the racist targeting of Chinese Australians to petrol rations to people just being dirtbags….it was pretty realistic.
I was impressed with PM Stone’s, well, stones….as well as his wife’s and most of his Cabinet members.
The author also dealt with the aftermath of what happened realistically too. I actually liked the ending because of how true to life it is.
I do think that this book would have been one that my grandfather would have liked.
How many stars will I give A Line Too Far: 3 1/2-4
Why? An action filled, fast paced book that was great to read.
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Adult
Why: Violence and language