Red Chaos by Ed Fuller & Gary Grossman: 5*****

A  few years ago I read the book “One Second After” and felt it was one of the most important political books I read, even though it was couched as a action/adventure book. Friends, today I say the exact same thing about “Red Chaos”, which is terribly important for all of us to read for so many different reasons.

            Authors Ed Fuller & Gary Grossman have written a book the leaps out at us and reads as if it was plucked from today’s headlines or from foreign policy journals or thinktanks. But the information is straight forward and extremely easy for us to make our own assessment of the geopolitical situation.

            This is the 3rd book of the Red Hotel series that follows Dan Reilly who is the Global Security head of a major international hotel chain. As such he has terrorism training, and also has the unpleasant task of trying to figure out why leading oil industry leaders are being assassinated at his chains hotels throughout the world. This sets us the mystery/thriller plot but the bigger focus, at least for we the reader, is what is going on in the world and who is behind these attacks and more.

            Early on we see a Vladimir Putin clone who is the President of Russia, as well as a bumbling US President who is completely conned by his Russian counterpart. Why? An oil tanker is sunk in the Suez Canal that will block the canal to ships and commerce for months, another bombing in the Straits of Hormuz and yet another attack, this time at the Panama Canal. There are also submarine exercises being conducted by Russia and Iran near US waters, and everything has to be directed by one leader and one country.

            Add to this the politics of oil, as well as climate change opening the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic and  you have a geopolitical situation that not only confronts Dan Reilly, and the US government, but we the reader begin to understand all the behind the scenes intrigue that America faces on a constant basis.

            As both a political thriller and an easy tutorial on oil policy and its geopolitical implications this book does both, and along the way we can get a better grasp as to the issues faced both by multinational private industries, as well as our own political leaders. It is a wakeup call because nothing in this book is beyond the realm of the possible and probable. Please take time to read this important book!

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