Invasion (Harry novel)

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For the 1997 novel by Robin Cook, see Invasion (Cook novel).
Author Eric L. Harry
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Jove Books (paperback)
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (hardcover)
Publication date
February 1, 2000 (2000-02-01)
Media type Print
Pages 567 pp (paperback)
572 pp (hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 978-0515128420 (paperback)
ISBN 978-0340648940 (hardcover)
OCLC 43452285

Invasion is a 2000 novel by American author Eric L. Harry, detailing a fictional invasion of the United States of America by the People's Republic of China.


The United States turns its massive offensive military into a much smaller force, switching its priorities to domestic matters, beginning with using the U.S. military budget to fill the gap in Social Security's trust fund left there by past congresses and presidents who spent the money on other things, and continuing onward in the same theme.

As the U.S. is downsizing its military, China becomes a world superpower, building new supercarriers and becoming a dominant sea power in addition to a growing economic power. Eventually, China goes down the route of conquest.

China begins to conquer Eurasia to such an extent that it reaches the borders of the European Union in the west. With Asia under wraps, including Japan, everyone assumes China's coming for Europe next; however, through a strategy of misdirection making the Europeans think they will invade Western Europe, they actually pin the European naval force in the Mediterranean and blockade it, neutralizing it as a threat without the cost of invasion.

China instead throws its resources into attacking the Caribbean. Due to the Monroe Doctrine, new President Bill Baker, who came to office on a pro-war platform, has to make a critical decision: to try to halt them with conventional forces, or use nuclear weapons.

The U.S. must make a decision as the Chinese invasion forces in Central America gather steam: to build traditional naval super-carriers to meet the new Chinese ones, or to build highly experimental missile supercruisers capable of firing thousands of missiles at once, showering its target with overwhelming force while having a crew of only around 100 due to the extent of automation. They might be more effective but are also untested, and the U.S. does not have the resources for both. Baker decides to back the supercruisers.

As the likelihood of invasion via the Gulf of Mexico comes, many Americans leave the exposed states. The Joint Chiefs of Staff are not sure if this is another diversion attempt and the Chinese might come from the east or west coasts. The U.S. President orders the military to plan for those eventualities as well. A full war economy with full mobilization is called up, including all able-bodied women, which includes the U.S. President's daughter.

Baker refuses to order a nuclear strike and orders the military to meet the threat with conventional arms come what may. He is convinced any nuclear strike will lead to a series of escalating exchanges that will leave the two countries not worth the fight.

Baker is frequently meeting in the situation room, or the Map Room of the White House (returned to its original purpose) to oversee plans. There is tension between Chinese military and civilian leaderships and Baker is trying to make a behind-the-scenes deal with the civilian leaders. Baker tells the National Security Council "we will die as a united nation of 50 states or we will win, there will be no territorial concessions".

In the meantime, the U.S. braces for invasion.

See also[edit]

  • Arc Light, a 1994 novel also by Eric L. Harry
  • The Third World War: The Untold Story by General Hackett, portrays a conventional Soviet invasion of Western Europe, including the behavior of the formally neutral Ireland and Sweden, and internal Soviet debates and thinking.
  • Team Yankee, a 1987 novel by Harold Coyle set in Hackett's scenario
  • Red Army, by Ralph Peters, showing a Soviet invasion of Western Europe from an entirely Soviet perspective.
  • Red Storm Rising, a similar World War III scenario covering a conventional Soviet invasion of Western Europe, by Tom Clancy
  • The Third World War by Humphrey Hawksley depicts a slow building crises that culminates in a nightmarish World War III involving nuclear and biological weapons.
  • Trinity's Child by William Prochnau, portrays a sudden nuclear attack by the USSR upon the United States, followed by an eruption of global warfare and internal political crises.
  • The Last Ship by William Brinkley. Portrays a sudden massive nuclear exchange between the superpowers, with further escalating exchanges over a four hour period leaving most of the northern hemisphere choked in radioactive fallout. The ship loses contact with the U.S. Navy, and then investigates various sites around Europe and Africa starting with Naval Station Rota in Spain, making contact with other stray ships, military and civilian. All the consequences of the exchange for the crew, and humanity as a whole, are explored.

  • Special Bulletin, a 1983 made-for-TV movie about nuclear terrorism, shot in the same style of simulated news broadcasts
  • Countdown to Looking Glass, a TV movie made in the form of a news broadcast following a deterioration in NATO-Warsaw Pact relations that ends in nuclear warfare.
  • The Day After, a 1983 made-for-TV movie about a NATO-Russian nuclear war.
  • Without Warning, an apocalyptic 1994 TV movie presented as a news broadcast.

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