In the year 2034, there will be war between China and America. It starts with an incident in the South China Sea. The war will encourage Russia, Iran and India to take advantage of the situation.
The novel 2034 has two co-authors. Elliot Ackerman is a former White House Fellow and Marine and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. He has written several novels and a memoir. He has been nominated for the National Book Award.
Admiral Jim Stavridis spent more than 30 years in the US Navy, rising to the rank of a four-star admiral. He was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and previously commanded US Southern Command, overseeing military operations throughout Latin America. He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law at the Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He has also previously published nine books including Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans.
While the book centers mainly on naval conflicts, much of the book is focused on the decision-making and behind-the-scenes that explain how the many events ended in a war. The illustrious background of the two authors explain why the events and characters in the book have such authenticity.
The other really interesting characteristic of the book is that it narrates the behind-the-scenes and decision-making at the highest levels of all the five major protagonists – America, China, Russia, Iran, India.
Most of the books and novels I have read on similar topics have focused on the American point of view. That is why I was really interested when the book centers on the Chinese characters which expose the Chinese point of view.
The book opens with the China Navy baiting an American destroyer flotilla and destroying three of the six ships in the flotilla. Here is an excerpt from the book of Chinese Defense Minister Chiang explaing to Lin Bao, a Chinese senior naval official, the purpose of their provocation in the South China Sea:
“This is what [Admiral] Ma Qiang does not understand… He wasn’t sent to sink three American warships; that was…