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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Battlefield America by Erich Hartung is a modern day military war story with a twist. Instead of the bombings and battles being played out across the oceans, it is on the home soil of the United States that an unexpected attack takes place in the early hours of Christmas morning. Under siege and with a war raging within contiguous proximity to loved ones, a rising of the US military soon blazes and those who can do fight. "At first, he joined for revenge; later he realized that making that type of commitment involved more than vengeance or a thirst for blood. After his mourning, he began to heal."
Suspense, thrills, action, grenades, machine guns....no, this is not my Christmas list. This is Battlefield America by Erich Hartung. Following the points of view of a mixed bag of fantastically drawn and well developed characters, as a reader I was taken to the front line without ever having to leave my armchair. Hartung definitely knows the military and, as luck would have it, he is also a skilled and descriptive writer, packaging the war up into scenes that could play out on any big screen. "Their brother whom they had been fighting beside for a long time was suddenly gone. With the bombardment of gunfire, there was no real time to grieve. The three airmen continued the fight." The narrative is dense in text and backstory in a style reminiscent of Tom Clancy, and I am of the opinion that this novel - with all of its military jargon, technical expertise, and a plot line that delivers throughout - will find a wide audience with readers who adore a more intelligent brand of war fiction.