Invasion (Harry novel)
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|Author||Eric L. Harry|
Jove Books (paperback)|
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. (hardcover)
|February 1, 2000|
567 pp (paperback)|
572 pp (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0340648940 (hardcover)
The United States turns its 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 naval 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 most of Asia under its domination, including Japan, everyone assumes China is 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 along with total 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 so destroyed that neither side can achieve any victory.
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 the 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.