Battlefield Korea: A Military Thriller You Must Read
With our cold war with China getting more serious, there has been increased speculation over how such a war might go. Could we win? Would North Korea get involved? What if the Russians were also involved in such a war? How would new pieces of military hardware, such as “carrier killer” missiles, and new forms of warfare, such as cyberwar, affect such a conflict? Luckily for us, Battlefield Korea, the direct sequel to Battlefield: Ukraine, covers all those topics and more!
Battlefield Korea covers right where its predecessor left off. The US, led by a president who is a somewhat less bombastic version of President Trump, and who is advised by men far better than the likes of General Mattis, is in a war with Russia over Ukraine due to a series of missteps and Chinese and Russian planning. Many of its NATO allies desert it, the Russians appear to be winning, and the US is in a dark place.
From there, Battlefield Korea takes the war into new theaters. While the war in the Ukraine, Baltic, and Poland is mentioned in some chapters, most of the book focuses on what a war with China over Korea, Taiwan, and the South China Sea might look like.
As with the first in the series, all of the battle scenes are fantastic. The writers clearly know the ins and outs of military technology, or at least enough to make the battles seem real to a layman, and the result is a collection of fantastic chapters that show what it would look like to wage war on air, ground, and sea against China. Submarines fire cruise missiles and launch torpedo attacks, cyber warriors team up with stealth bombers, Chinese missiles rain down on American battlegroups, and special forces teams rescue downed pilots and call in airstrikes.
Also, the combat described is somewhat different than how the war goes in The Second Korean War, so if you read both, it’s fun to compare and contrast the two, just as it’s interesting to compare and contrast the mechanized warfare in Europe presented in Battlefield Korea with The Red Line.
Furthermore, a truly terrific portion of the book covers how the US might respond to a Korean nuclear attack. Without giving too much away, that is a central development in the plotline that leads both to changes in how the misunderstanding turned world war is fought and pairs well with the best scene of the book, in which President Gates (Trump) delivers Ronald Reagan’s “We Must Fight” speech, which I consider up there with Churchill’s “Fight Them on the Beaches” speech. Here is Reagan delivering it, if you’re interested:
It’s an amazing speech and it sets the tone of Battlefield Korea. It’s not an anti-war book. It’s a book about the glory of America and the need for it to stand up to its enemies.
From a theme rather than plot perspective, that is one of the things that I liked best about the book. President Gates is presented as one of the few men willing to lead the charge against the Russians and Chinese. He knows America’s duties and role in the world and, when necessary, steps up to the plate and fights. The days are dark, but he fights on.
Finally, one of the most important parts of Battlefield Korea is the role US military readiness plays in the plotline. In the in-book world, as in real life, the US is unprepared for one major conflict, let alone two.
As a result, many servicemen and women perish at the hands of the Red Chinese and revanchist Russians. Military readiness is not a thing to fool around with. We need more planes, troops, and ships. Yes, as Trump said, we shouldn’t waste them fighting in some hellhole in the Middle East on the behalf of a population that doesn’t want us there. But we should fight against our true enemies when we have to do so.
While all of those serious themes and plotline developments are present in Battlefield Korea, it’s still a fun book to read. The writing is fast-paced and excellent, the political developments are interwoven well with the military ones, and it presents both Trump and America as we know it in a positive light. I highly recommend that you read it.
By: Gen Z Conservative