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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Yankee Clipper: Ghost War Patrol is a work of fiction in the action, adventure, and intrigue subgenres. It is best suited to adult readers and was penned by author Tom Gauthier. A gripping fusion of fiction and chilling real-world possibilities, the novel paints a stark picture of a United States occupied from within, infiltrated by insidious enemies who exploit the nation's internal weaknesses, from greed to ideological divisions. The story follows the patriotic crew of the Victrix Forum, who sail a classic schooner armed with modern technology on a mission to confront the very real threats posed by Communist China, the Iranian theocracy, and Latin American cartels. While the narrative is fictional, its roots are firmly grounded in current geopolitical realities, making it a riveting and plausible read.
Author Tom Gauthier weaves a tale that is both thrilling and thought-provoking, balancing a great dose of action and adventure alongside interesting sociopolitical discussions. The book raises critical questions about the nation's vulnerability to infiltration and manipulation, echoing the warnings of historical figures like President James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine. Gauthier's storytelling is packed with action, suspense, and a sense of insistence, urging readers to consider the documented facts presented within. I also felt that the amount of deeper character development was impressive, considering how plot-driven the tale was, and it felt as though every character we met, large or small, had a natural and realistic presence and relevance to the storyline. Overall, Yankee Clipper: Ghost War Patrol is a thrilling and unsettling reminder of the potential consequences of complacency and the importance of vigilance in protecting a nation's sovereignty.