Here, I’m not talking about books dealing with unconventional warfare. I’m talking about military fiction books that have unconventional premises from the usual popular technothriller topics. And in my long history of reading and reviewing such books, I’ve found more than a few. Some of the most out-there include:
Dark Rose by Mike Lunnon-Wood. A Libyan/Palestinian alliance invades and conquers Ireland to serve as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Israel, and the resistance to them includes a revived High Queen of Tara.
The Seventh Carrier series by Peter Albano. A secretly built Shinano-class aircraft carrier got stuck in ice for decades, with its crew somehow surviving and aging. It thawed out, attacked Pearl Harbor anyway, and then became a prized weapon in the next major war as a haywire killer-satellite network destroyed any aircraft with jet engines.
World War III: The Beginning by Joel Fulgham. An American submarine stands against a new pan-Middle Eastern state-that has managed to build and field more aircraft carriers than the US Navy.
Flashpoint Quebec by Michael Karpovage. Here the US Army faces its deadliest threat-French-Canadian rebels!
The Red Line by Walt Gragg. This would be a conventional Russo-American World War III if not for the backstory, which uses an incredible number of contrivances to get the borders turned back to 1980s ones before the first shots are fired.
Two early 1990s exercise books give examples of fictional air and naval forces that aren’t simply the most advanced enemies possible. The countries are in the British Generic Enemy-ROWEN and American Light OPFOR manuals.
The GENFORCE ROWEN air force has a sample order of battle attached, and it consists of:
Three fighter/ground attack wings, each composed of three squadrons, totaling 60 “Mirages”, 45 F-4 Phantoms, and 54 Su-25s.
One interceptor wing of 30 MiG-29s and 30 Su-27s.
One training wing of 25 Hawks and 25 L-39s
Various niche squadrons, including a bomber one (8 Su-24s and 8 Tu-16s), a recon one (14 Mirage F1s), and a transport one (24 transports of various sizes)
The Light OPFOR is left deliberately vague, but it offers a sample of individual units:
Interceptor regiments of three squadrons, totally 36 or 48 aircraft. Aircraft are MiG-21s or 23s, with a possible sprinkling of 31s(!)
Ground attack regiments of Su-17s, 24s, or 25s, of either 24 or 48 aircraft total
Fighter-Bomber regiments of MiG-21s/23BNs/Su-24s, with a similar size as the aviation ones.
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The ROWEN Navy is listed as having:
3 submarines, two Kilos and a Daphne
7 large warships, 2 Leanders, 2 D’estienne D’Orves, and three Konis.
16 patrol boats, 4 TNC-45s and 12 small gunboats.
Likewise, the sample Light OPFOR navies include:
Squadrons of eight Komar or Osa missile boats apiece.
Squadrons with the same number of torpedo boats.
Amphibious squadrons of up to eight Polnochny landing ships
Blue-water squadrons of six Koni frigates or Foxtrot submarines apiece.
Northern Fury: H-Hour, a book based on the Command scenario set, has now been released. The book describes the leadup to and beginning of a Third World War in the 1990s between NATO and a surviving USSR.