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    From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034 - and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

    On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris "Wedge" Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt's destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenseless. In a single day, America's faith in its military's strategic pre-eminence is in tatters. A new, terrifying era is at hand.

    So begins a disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction, co-authored by an award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran and the former commander of NATO, a legendary admiral who has spent much of his career strategically outmaneuvering America's most tenacious adversaries. Written with a powerful blend of geopolitical sophistication and human empathy, 2034 takes us inside the minds of a global cast of characters - Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians - as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying international storm. In the end, China and the United States will have paid a staggering cost, one that forever alters the global balance of power. 

    Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts on the ground combined with the authors' years working at the highest and most classified levels of national security. Sometimes it takes a brilliant work of fiction to illuminate the most dire of warnings: 2034 is all too close at hand, and this cautionary tale presents the listener a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid.

    * This audiobook edition includes an exclusive interview with co-author Admiral James Stavridis.

    ©2021 Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis (P)2021 Penguin Audio

    Kritikerstimmen

    2034 is an exciting, interesting, and informative novel about a hypothetical future war with China that is largely determined by actual decisions already made. It describes in detail how a single technological leap forward by an adversary, in this case China, could destroy our ability to communicate, resulting in a blind, hapless military. It also demonstrates how today’s military policies will leave a future United States without adequate resources to wage a high intensity conventional war and be forced to resort to a first strike nuclear response and its horrific consequences. Anyone who is concerned about where today’s military technology decisions are taking us should read this book.” (Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn and Deep River)

    “Chilling yet compulsively readable work of speculative fiction.... Ackerman and Stavridis have created a brilliantly executed geopolitical tale that is impossible to put down and that serves as a dire, all-too-plausible warning that recent events could have catastrophic consequences.” (Booklist, starred review)

    “Consider this another vaccine against disaster. Fortunately, this dose won't cause a temporary fever - and it happens to be a rippingly good read. Turns out that even cautionary tales can be exciting, when the future we’re most excited about is the one where they never come true.” (Wired)

    “A frightening look at how a major-power showdown might race out of control.... This compelling thriller should be required reading for our national leaders and translated into Mandarin.” (Kirkus, starred review)
     

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    Zu sagen, ich wäre enttäuscht von 2034, setzt voraus, dass ich spezifische Erwartungen hatte an das Buch. Der Medienhype - ein Vorabdruck einiger Kapitel in WIRED sowie zahlreiche Besprechungen in nicht minder relevanten Medien - machte es jedenfalls unmöglich, 2034 zu ignorieren. Meine ganz persönliche Erwartung war, dass mich 2034 genauso positiv überraschen würde, wie die anderen Bücher von Elliot Ackerman. Das Autorenduo Stavridis/Ackerman hat eine bemerkenswert blutleere Romanhandlung vorgelegt. Vielleicht hätten sie sich auf den militärischen Teil beschränken sollen. Die aufgesetzt wirkende Geschichte mit ihren holzschnittartigen Protagonisten enttäuscht jedenfalls auf ganzer Linie.

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    So bad, I fear for the US....

    This story is so bad, I cannot believe it. To have a US admiral co-authored it makes it worse..... Provoking China with an act of plain piracy..... Having a Chinese diplomat standing in front of the While House with no odd to talk to..... well no ody with any authority.... Having this admiral littering in the White House garden..... Having him casually disclose that China is able to hack into the controls of US fighter planes.... LAUGHABLE.....