A Blanket of Steel

Fiction - Thriller - General
439 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2023
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

With a style so excellent and now familiar to me, Timothy S. Johnston has delivered the much-anticipated conclusion to his brilliant six-book series on the war beneath the seas: A Blanket of Steel. If you haven’t yet given yourself the pleasure of reading any of these books, Johnston expertly and cleverly brings you up to speed on the why, where, and how his futuristic oceanic epic began. It was the result of the author’s concern, research, and study of climate change. If the ramifications of climate change haven’t yet hit home for you, I guarantee you’ll find yourself thinking a lot more about what it will mean to our planet after reading just one of Johnston’s books. That’s how he hooked me with the very first book, The War Beneath. My fascination with Johnston’s ideas about resettling civilization on continental shelves in the oceans, which he so vividly depicts through his gripping plots and captivating characters, has made each book impossible to put down. No wonder I have now read all six books!

In A Blanket of Steel, the protagonist of the entire series, Truman McClusky, faces two formidable foes in his determined efforts to make the 15 undersea colonies, known as Oceania, fully independent of their climate change-ravaged mother countries on land. The mother countries rely for their existence on Oceania but refuse to pay what their products are worth. McClusky’s other foe is the Steel Shiv, an undefeated, merciless, and mercenary Russian assassin. When McClusky makes the long-awaited declaration of independence, the final, most decisive, and deadliest war begins. While McClusky is focused on leading Oceania to victory, the Steel Shiv is focused on killing McClusky. There is just so much mental and physical action and activity filling the pages of A Blanket of Steel that it’s impossible to capture it in a short review. Solution? Read the book and prepare to be blown away by one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure to read. Timothy S. Johnston is simply amazing.