We want to make sure we don’t push China into a corner and China wants to make sure it doesn’t push us into a corner. That’s the real story of 2034.
– Admiral James Stavridis
The story from 2034
I learned about the geopolitical thriller 2034 from Wired which, starting from 26th of January, has published an exclusive excerpt, the first six chapters of the book. Its excellent writing was enthralling, so I pre-ordered the Audible version. On the morning of March 9th the audiobook was automatically downloaded on my phone and, as I had already read almost half, I finished listening to it on the very day of its launch. We’re living extraordinary times indeed!
Although the focus of the 2034 action is the South China Sea, its decisive impulses stem from Washington, Beijing, Tehran and New Delhi. Secondary plots pass through places such as the Barents Sea, Yokosuka Naval Base, Taipei, Quantico, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas and Strait of Hormuz. Initially, the events narrated by the two authors were to be located in the distant future of 2050 or so, but as the work on the book progressed, they realized that a number of things are already reality, so the action was placed very close to present, in 2034.
The book opens on March 12, 2034, with a flotilla of three American destroyers, led by Commodore Sarah Hunt, which patrols the South China Sea and falls into a very elaborate trap set by China.… Read the restCitește mai departe