On Tuesday, July 7, co-authors August Cole and P.W. Singer discussed their new novel as part of the “Avascent Presents” series.
What will World War III look like? Ghost Fleet, the debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, is both a unique thriller and an informational guide to the future of warfare. As such, it has drawn praise from an equally unique group, ranging from the Commander of NATO, to the writer of HBO’s Game of Thrones, to the producer of The Hunger Games.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
P. W. Singer is Strategist at New America and a consultant for the U.S. military, the intelligence community, and Hollywood. His award-winning nonfiction books include the New York Times bestseller Wired for War. He lives in Washington, D.C.
August Cole is an Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, focusing on using fiction to explore the future of war. He is also the writer-in-residence at Avascent. Previously, he was defense industry reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Boston.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the spirit of early Tom Clancy, Ghost Fleet is a page-turning imagining of how World War III might play out. But what makes it even more notable is how the book smashes together the technothriller and nonfiction genres. It is a novel, but with 400 endnotes, showing how every trend and technology featured in book— no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real. It lays out the future of technology and war, while following a global cast of characters fighting at sea, on land, in the air and in two new places of conflict: outer space and cyberspace. Warship captains battle through a modern day Pearl Harbor; fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; American veterans are forced to fight as low-tech insurgents; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.
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