The Gates of Karbala by Richard A. Durand
In The Gates of Karbala, Richard A. Durand starts off his action packed military fiction in Roswell, New Mexico. As expected, aliens and alien technology are at the core of this tale. Durand moves the setting forward a bit into the future and brings about a new war in Saudi Arabia. The enemies have acquired the use of alien technology, which the U.S. military has never seen before and is incapable of fighting against. Not only are readers taken behind the scenes during training in the desert, but they get a little insight into the mind of the President of the United States as well as his Assistant Director of Communications. Whether or not the U.S. military will be able to stand up to and defeat C.A.I.N (Coalition Against the Industrialized Nations) is the big question. On a smaller scale, readers can easily grow attached to the likeable characters Durand focuses on and will be biting their nails to see if those characters survive.
Overall, The Gates of Karbala is an entertaining read with a lot of military details. Durand either has a good deal of knowledge of military operations or did thorough research. Richard Durand intermittently shares extra details such as those about the U.S. Camel Corps in the mid-1800s. This adds a little unique flare to the story. For the most part, The Gates of Karbala is fairly well-written, but it still is need of a final edit. Typos, grammatical errors, misspellings, and flipping inappropriately between past and present tense can take away from the story itself. The Gates of Karbala starts at a quick pace, but Durand slows it down throughout the rest of the book. Writing a unique and entertaining story focused on war is never an easy task, but Richard A. Durand does a nice job of it in The Gates of Karbala.
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