2032 Our Children's War

Rated 4.29/5 based on 7 reviews
An Indonesian General brutally enforces secular law in his overpopulated homeland. To combat crushing poverty and the influence of Islamic extremists, an armada of crossing vessels is sent forth. With extensive strategic assets in Australia, China discretely backs the invasion. A ramshackle civilian insurgency ultimately locks horns with the Indonesian Army on Australian soil. More

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About Matt Quade

2016 - present: Somalia - Country Manager, Private Security Firm
2015 - 2016: Somalia - Security Manager, Private Security Firm
2003 - 2012: Iraq, Haiti, Libya, Private Security Contractor
1994 - 1999: French Foreign Legion: (6eme Reg. L'Ardoise)
'Editor', The Baghdad Bugle - Monthly newsletter focusing on Africa & The Middle East.
Bachelor of Nursing
Grad.Dip. Paramedic

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malong reviewed on Dec. 26, 2017

A very believable plot and a good build up to the invasion and battles. Plenty of information on the Indonesian characters including their part in the progression of the story. However I would have liked to have seen more of a development of the two main Australian characters in the early stages of the campaign. Also I was wondering about assistance from outside forces e.g. British, United Nations, and more info on the involvement of the Americans maybe as there was no real mention of their position or help until the finale.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Ian McHarg reviewed on Oct. 1, 2017

Matt Quade uses his military knowledge and private security experiences to weave the complexities of Islamic extremism and Super-Power manipulation into an all too realistic, but entertaining novel. Fast paced and action-packed, 2032 is bursting with military muscle, graphic details and captivating characters. A must a read for the pollies in Canberra.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
EJG reviewed on Aug. 13, 2017

Having started with a list of historical world events and political decisions from the last half a century or so, this novel presents, in sometimes alarming detail, a possible dystopian not-too-distant future, which, up until recently, might have seemed the stuff of fantasy. Now though…….?
The author matches the writing style with the pace of the action, opting for increasingly short, choppy chapters as the invasion reaches its climax. The futility, and human cost, of it all is clear.
This is not my usual choice of genre but it was well-written, clearly well-researched and thought-provoking.
One suggestion for future editions is that, having gone to the lengths of providing the supplementary resources of a glossary and prologue (both very helpful), the author might consider including a map of the region, which those who are not overly familiar with that part of the world may find useful.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Fiona Graham reviewed on Aug. 8, 2017

Informative, original and thought provoking. This was, in some ways, a difficult read, dealing as it does with violent and terrifying situations. However, it develops into a nuanced and thoughtful depiction of the not-so-distant future, and an analysis of the paths that - should we continue down them - may take us there. The plot moves along at a good pace, the characters are intriguing and, if not always likeable, always convincing. A book that challenges widely accepted stereotypes and interpretations of modern history, and forces the reader to examine his or her own responsibility for the actions and preoccupations of our governments in the West.
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
MidCube reviewed on July 3, 2017

This is not the type of book I'd usually read but I was pleasantly surprised. It really stands out from other books of this genre because of the author’s obviously rich experience in the cultures he is writing about. Rather than just an endless explanation of different military gear and tactics there was a lot of insight to the mind sets of people on both sides of the conflict, I actually felt I learned a lot about Islam from this book. Whilst the setting is the future in a (currently) imagined war, it offers a unique perspective on the current situation in the Middle East. This is definitely now my favourite military type novel, even over the more widely published authors.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
GML96 reviewed on May 14, 2017

I loved this book from start to finish! It begins with a prologue to set the political climate, both historic and future events, which is really helpful in placing the story which follows. The scenes set in the first couple of chapters are excellent. They give a taste of the wonderful writing throughout this book, which is succinct (no unnecessary waffle but clear enough to create pictures in the mind), the clever inferences and the unexpected events which get the reader wondering whatever could happen next (keep the twist at the end of chapter 1 in your mind as there is a connection later in the story).

I know this is a cliché but it really is one of those 'so good I can't put it down' books. At night I would think, "I'll just read a couple of chapters” and then hours later I would still be reading. I really like the way it is structured - short chapters moving from one scene to another. That keeps the energy and interest going throughout. I love a book that keeps me on my toes!

The characterisation is brilliant. The characters are not just one dimensional e.g. the different sides to Barrett, one of the main characters, is set out in the first few chapters. Some authors are good at enabling the reader to get to know one or two main characters, but they then tend to neglect or maybe not put so much effort into the other characters. That's not the case here. I feel like I got to know them all. One of my favourite things about it is how characters are brought back in, or connections between them are revealed. The characters are intertwined as the story develops.

Using characters to explain cultural differences e.g. in chapter 4 when Bates explains about the Sunnis, is some of the best narrative exposition I have read. It feels completely natural which is often not the case with exposition.

Another sign of a good book is when there are actual laugh out loud moments, all the more surprising when they are placed within a serious scene. I'm thinking here of the way the author has of throwing in a comment e.g. in chapter 40, "Being a gentleman, Malcolm's pants darkened down his left leg."

There are bits I found difficult to read (content wise as opposed to how it's written I mean). For example one thing that did enable me to stop reading one night was when I reached a certain chapter. I thought I didn't want to read further before I went to sleep with those images in my head of what I imagined was about to happen to the two Indonesians. Of course when I read on a couple of chapters the following day I realised the twist!

This book is brilliant to the very end. You know you’ve read a good book when you continue to think about the characters even after you have finished. I can't get Barrett out of my mind (and wondering what happened to Aziz)! I really hope the sequel will be written soon. I’ll be one of the first to read it.
(reviewed 67 days after purchase)
Chris Ryan reviewed on March 11, 2017

This book clarified to me the difference between extreme Islamists and the rest of the people of Muslim faith. The separation and identification of Wahabism and Salafists confirmed what I already believed , that most people in all religions of the world are peace loving and there are extremists in all walks of life. Great read.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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