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Monroe Doctrine: Volume 1
James Rosone and Miranda Watson. Front Line, $19.99 trade paper (360p) ISBN 978-1-9576-3402-9
This strong series launch from Rosone and Watson (the Battlefield series) presents a future-war scenario that’s equal parts believable, frightening, and thrilling. With the approval of President Yao Jintao, Xi Zemin, the head of Project Ten, has developed a quantum artificial intelligence computer known as Jade Dragon that has war-gamed a first-strike attack on the United States. On Oct. 25, 2024, that plan is set in motion. Within minutes, every cell tower in the U.S. is destroyed, followed by an attack on the country’s power supplies to military facilities and a launch of missiles from Chinese warships in the Gulf of Mexico and from Cuba. The American president gives the order to retaliate. Flashbacks to seven years earlier show how Jade Dragon was built and how social engineering programs provided the necessary data. Rather than focusing on a few individuals, the authors bring in scores of characters on both sides of the conflict and keep the action rolling. Military action fans will welcome this addition to the popular China and WWIII subgenre. (Self-published)

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on 05/06/2022

Release date 02/01/2022