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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
If you enjoy action-packed military thrillers that blend high tech weaponry and cyberwarfare with a suspenseful plot and engaging characters, Okinawa: This is the Future of War (Book 2 in the Future War series) by FX Holden is for you. The year is 2033. Japan has turned to powerful China as its primary political, military, and trading partner in the region, and China has joined in Japan’s call for the US to remove its few remaining forces from Okinawa. To mark the inception of their mutual defense treaty, China and Japan hold their first joint naval exercise featuring China’s highly advanced Artificial Intelligence-assisted weapons systems. However, China’s ambitions reach far beyond a new treaty, and the exercise may be only a smokescreen for their true intentions.
In Okinawa, Holden gives us an artful blend of futuristic military conflict and political intrigue. The narrative is descriptive and well-paced, reaching back to World War II and looking forward to the deepest, darkest aspects of stealth technology and cyberwarfare. The protagonists are well-developed and finely drawn characters whose motivations and abilities, let alone their courage and determination, provide for heroic actions in the face of seemingly impossible odds. The plot includes enough unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader wondering how it will all end as new subplots are revealed. Set in a time not far from our “here and now” and springing from Asian power struggles and cultural divides that are ancient in origin yet populate our news headlines today, Okinawa is an enjoyable and entertaining read for anyone. Highly recommended.