In it (no surprise given that it’s the last book), the final step in President Sachs’ war with the UN and China is wrapped up; after much suffering, heartbreaking bloodshed, and war crimes that would make the Waffen-SS and PLO blush, Chinese forces are defeated and the US finds itself bloodied but still standing, ravaged but not broken.
To avoid spoiling the brilliant end to what I think is Rosone and Watson’s best series, I’ll end my summary of the plot there. Too much happens that must be read, especially with what happens to China after its defeat, for me to summarize the plot without giving away the best parts of the story.
Why? Because it and the other books in the series are, perhaps, the most realistic take on what the next world war might look like. Sure, the authors might be wrong in terms of where the war is fought; Korea, Ukraine, or the seas of Southeast Asia might be more realistic alternatives, but the authors are surely right in their view of what such a war would do to humanity.
Since WWII, we seem to have forgotten what a real war looks like. A few civilians might die, but rarely intentionally, especially if their death is at the hands of US forces. The weapons used might be deadly, but they’re rarely used in a large quantity. Western forces command the air, fight on foreign battlefields rather than their own turf, and try to fight in a “gentlemanly” manner. Few prisoners are tortured, bombs fall on foxholes rather than homes, and conscription is rarely used. Our ships are rarely damaged, our fighters rarely shot down, and our casualties rarely anything other than minimal.
Would such conditions survive the rigors of a 21st Century world war? Rosone and Watson doubt it, and all that comes to a head in Retribution. The Chinese continue their lebensraum-like policies to the very end, enraging America. US forces, devastated by near-constant, high-intensity combat, struggle to retain their humanity as they discover China’s evil acts. Vengeance, recriminations, and brutality are the name of the game, not feel-good, civilian casualty averse warfare. In the end, Americans cheer as Chinese civilians starve and die under a rain of American bombs, the populations of both countries forgetting the rules of war as combat rages in their backyards. The war is devastating and total, not limited and relatively bloodless.
Furthermore, in Retribution, the trends of modern war are amplified. PMCs, special forces, naval power, and air power are major features of the war, as are intelligence agencies and high-tech innovations created by defense contractors. While conscripted grunts on the ground bear much of the burden, the determining factor is not their bravery but their technology. Hills are held, but only because of advances in weapon technology, devastating bomber raids, and startling levels of naval innovation.
Read books like Army of None. Study how the wars in the grey zone are fought. And, most of all, study the brutality of the Eastern Front. The next major one will be one so brutal it shocks the conscience of us all. Retribution shows that.
But it’s more than just the potential predictive power of the authors that makes Retribution so brilliant. There’s the thrilling plot, the excellent writing, and the clever dialogue. Their imaginations are on full display and it makes the story terrific.
And, finally, they go where few other authors would. Again, I don’t want to give too much away. But what secret societies of elites do you think are out there and what depths do you imagine they’d travel to keep their grip on power, wealth, and influence? Rosone and Watson answer those questions, showing how the globalist elites would remain loyal to their Great Reset-like vision of the world, not Western Civilization or even their homelands. That’s worth remembering and Retribution will make you remember it.
So, read it. Read the entire series. It’ll make you think about war and society in a way that few other books will.
By: Gen Z Conservative