Author: Ray Chilensky
Book: The Fate of Nations (F.I.R.E. Team Alpha #1)
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction
The year is 2104. Again the world is at war. The United States is the only remaining sovereign nation to fight against a brutal, authoritarian global government. Patriots from conquered nations have fled to North America and now fight alongside the Americans. Yet America has a new weapon. F.I.R.E. Team Alpha, an elite group of genetically enhanced soldiers, has taken to the field.
Colonel Carter leads the F.I.R.E. Teams on their most daring mission yet. A covert attack on the command and control centers located in Europe and Eurasia. Failure could mean the loss of everything they hold dear. Victory could pave the way from a massive counter strike. However, Colonel Carter suspects enemies within America’s ranks.
The Fate of Nations is an intriguing novel of military action as well as a political thriller. Colonel Carter is among many soldiers selected for genetic augmentation. This will open up abilities that will make them stronger, faster, and more lethal. Other abilities, such as telepathy, may be opened in some individuals as well. After several successful missions, F.I.R.E. Team Alpha, along with its sister teams, is deemed ready for their most dangerous assignment yet.
The pace of the story is variable, as there is some down time. There is also a strong mix of political intrigue, as not everyone wants the mission to succeed completely. The story also brings out some of the horrors of war, leaving Colonel Carter questioning his own morality. The Fate of Nations is a moderately paced story. There are sympathetic characters and enough military technology to make the geeks drool.