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The Chinese Have Captured Seattle! In 1949, the government of the Republic of China fled to the island of Taiwan. For nearly 70 years, the People's Republic of China has wanted to take the island back and unite the nation under one flag, the Communist flag. Their desire was thwarted by U.S. support for Taiwan, until the Chinese conceived and executed the perfect plan to The Chinese Have Captured Seattle! In 1949, the government of the Republic of China fled to the island of Taiwan. For nearly 70 years, the People's Republic of China has wanted to take the island back and unite the nation under one flag, the Communist flag. Their desire was thwarted by U.S. support for Taiwan, until the Chinese conceived and executed the perfect plan to keep the U.S. out of the war for Taiwan, an invasion of Seattle! Yesterday, China captured the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, in a Pearl Harbor-like surprise attack. The Chinese also captured six American nuclear warheads and are not afraid to use them on American soil, if necessary to keep the United States out of the war in the Pacific. Without U.S. aid, the fall of Taiwan seems imminent, and now even Seattle seems lost to the Chinese. America's hopes are riding on a shot-down F-18 pilot, a retired Navy SEAL, and a platoon of Army Rangers. If that's all America has going for it, all hope seems lost!


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The Chinese Have Captured Seattle! In 1949, the government of the Republic of China fled to the island of Taiwan. For nearly 70 years, the People's Republic of China has wanted to take the island back and unite the nation under one flag, the Communist flag. Their desire was thwarted by U.S. support for Taiwan, until the Chinese conceived and executed the perfect plan to The Chinese Have Captured Seattle! In 1949, the government of the Republic of China fled to the island of Taiwan. For nearly 70 years, the People's Republic of China has wanted to take the island back and unite the nation under one flag, the Communist flag. Their desire was thwarted by U.S. support for Taiwan, until the Chinese conceived and executed the perfect plan to keep the U.S. out of the war for Taiwan, an invasion of Seattle! Yesterday, China captured the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, in a Pearl Harbor-like surprise attack. The Chinese also captured six American nuclear warheads and are not afraid to use them on American soil, if necessary to keep the United States out of the war in the Pacific. Without U.S. aid, the fall of Taiwan seems imminent, and now even Seattle seems lost to the Chinese. America's hopes are riding on a shot-down F-18 pilot, a retired Navy SEAL, and a platoon of Army Rangers. If that's all America has going for it, all hope seems lost!

30 review for Occupied Seattle

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.R. Handley

    Summary: First, let me say that none of what Ill say in this section couldnt be found on the back copy of the novel. I wanted to provide a spoiler free review, so here goes nothing! This novel is a very Red Dawn-esq story of what it might look like if America was invaded. In Chris Kennedys twisted imagination, China uses an attack on America to hide their campaign to reclaim Taiwan. It works, and an unprepared America quickly loses the Pacific Northwest. But despite how bloody things get, they Summary: First, let me say that none of what I’ll say in this section couldn’t be found on the back copy of the novel. I wanted to provide a spoiler free review, so here goes nothing! This novel is a very Red Dawn-esq story of what it might look like if America was invaded. In Chris Kennedy’s twisted imagination, China uses an attack on America to hide their campaign to reclaim Taiwan. It works, and an unprepared America quickly loses the Pacific Northwest. But despite how bloody things get, they can’t crack the will of the American people. Will the United States get Seattle back? It will, if a shot down F-18 pilot, a retired Navy SEAL, and a platoon of Army Rangers have anything to say about it. In this book, we see the conclusion of the fight with the People’s Republic of China. We see a wrap up of all of the previous plot threads and it’s a gloriously explosive conclusion! Characters: In this novel, we see more focus given to the three main characters so I would say there was a lot of improvement here. There were three main characters; Shawn Hobbs, Ryan O’Leary and the Ranger Platoon they lead. In the first novel there were too many characters popping in and out of this story, and it was distracting. Not the case this time, and I could finally get behind them. Even better, Chris Kennedy didn’t sacrifice what made Red Tide awesome. The premise was just as compelling, great job Chris! The characters were flushed out, though there were still plenty of red shirts and death! Like the last one, I was helped by my time in the service, because Chris used his military service color this military thriller. Here is a brief summary of the characters, check it out! Shawn “Calvin” Hobbs: He is a fighter pilot for the US Navy who gets shot down during the opening salvo of the war and ends up leading a small band of disenfranchised troopers in a war against the occupying force. Ryan O’Leary: He is a retired US Navy SEAL who’s taken to the hermit lifestyle when an invasion of his home forces him back into the fight. When Lieutenant Hobbs is shot down, he rushes to save him and together they take on the world. Army Ranger Platoon: Just your average group of grunts who join in on the mayhem to resist the occupying forces. The provide the troops that O’Leary and Hobbs lead into the mouth of the Chinese Dragon. Overall, I will give these characters 5 out of 5 Grenades and can’t wait to see where the author takes these characters with the next series. The author wrote The Theogony Trilogy and The Codex Trilogy with these characters, and I’m thrilled! Plot: Like most of the military fiction I love to read, this was an action-packed novel. The story is set in modern day Seattle and follows a series of events that lead to China invading as a feint to keep the US from honoring our commitment to Taiwan. If you don’t know, the US has treaties with Taiwan that state America will defend the nation from China in the event of an attack. It was an interesting set up and premise, which had shades of Red Dawn in it. I loved Red Dawn, and consequently I loved this story. With my military background, I thought the way the military was portrayed was credible. I will say that the Chris Kennedy, a retired Naval Commander and fighter pilot, spent a lot of time addressing the air war. I’m not qualified to judge those situations, but from the outside looking in it was credible, which is all I needed. Why is the critique of the military in the “Plot” review section? Because in a military fiction novel, the tactics are integral to the plot. Occupied Seattle was the conclusion of the story, and it was even more explosive than the book one in the duology! Like before, I again give Chris 6 out of 5 Grenades! World Building: This is the third book I’ve read by Chris Kennedy, and they just keep getting better! Like the previous books, I wasn’t disappointed! Like in the previous novel in this duology, this world was very flushed out. However, it was set in the modern world so it had the advantage of the readers pre-existing world view. Regardless, the novel built on the modern world and made his divergent path extremely plausible. Once I found out that this story transitions into a story of first contact, I was ecstatic! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and see where the war with the occupying forces in Chris’s world goes. Like the first novel, this novel was placed in the science fiction section on Amazon, but in this book’s duology we see none of it. Other than that one complaint, it was a great book and I can’t wait to read the next trilogy in this universe, The Theogony Trilogy. I give the world building 5 out of 5 Grenades. Description: Like the previous book, this novel was chalk full of visualization, and you could definitely imagine yourself in this world. Again, in some places Chris went a little over board with the explanation of the various military minutia. It wasn’t as bad as before, but it was still there. Maybe this is because I already know about some of this and don’t particularly care about military aviation? Others might have a different opinion here? Regardless, these flaws didn’t distract from the book to such a degree that I wouldn’t finish the series. While parts of it were a flop for me, I still give Chris 4 out of 5 grenades in this category! Narration Quality: Like the previous novel, this audiobook was excellently executed. The narrator, Craig Good, did an amazing job narrating this book. He didn’t bore you, or make you zone out because of his monotone. His performance didn’t feel robotic, like a machine was reading the novel too me. Instead, it felt like a friend was sitting with me reading an amazing story that he couldn’t put down. This time the way Craig did the voices of the various characters had grown on me and kept me engaged throughout the periods I was listening to this book. I would give him a 5 out of 5 grenades for his explosive performance. Overall: I really loved this book, even more than the last book because there wasn’t any of the previous head popping was a bit jarring. Like the previous book in this duology, the cover was amazingly invocative. The military culture shown in this book was spot on, especially the nicknames, even though the author laid it on a bit thick. It wasn’t as bad as the previous book but it was still a bit overdone. If you want to use a nickname, then we don’t need the full name, but it wasn’t as noticeable as before. Again, with such a compelling story you won’t notice! As for the military equipment, well it was like a Naval Aviators porno, the amount of details given but I was able to skim over these details so I could enjoy the action in this story. Basically, Chris had me hooked from the beginning, and kept it going throughout the whole novel. It’s an amazing adventure, a look into Chris’s twisted imagination, and leaves you wondering at his mental stability! This is a book I would happily recommend, and an author I will definitely read again. Heck, I would even recommend that you buy the novel! But hey, it’s easy to spend someone else’s money! If this book sounds like it’s right up your alley, check it out, you won’t regret it! Well, unless it motivates you to squeeze your fat body into your old uniform and you die from the shock to your system. And when you die, you end up in limbo, all alone. And since you’re alone, you go insane from the solitude. And in your insanity, you try to fly, but can’t. Instead, you’re left merged with the asphalt you fell onto at your failed effort to recreate Kitty Hawk. Stuck in the asphalt, your soul wastes away until there is no you left and you fade out just as Ragnarock begins. Yeah, it would suck to miss that so maybe you should tread lightly! Well yeah, I guess this could be bad for you. But hey, at least you got to see eternity pass you by as you fade into nothing. On second thought, be warned, fanboy/fangirl syndrome MIGHT kill you. Be wary, you were warned and if you have to go out like that at least enjoy the view from up there!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    I enjoyed this story, and couldn't help comparing it to Tom Clancy's stories. They glorified the military, sort of put down the liberals, though not nearly as much as Clancy, who gets a bit tiring with his repeated jabs at liberals and paints them to be the worst type of people imaginable. I guess you could call this Tom Clancy light, with a sense of humor. In fact, I thought the story was a bit too much over the top to take very seriously, so the humor was appreciated. I think it compares a lot I enjoyed this story, and couldn't help comparing it to Tom Clancy's stories. They glorified the military, sort of put down the liberals, though not nearly as much as Clancy, who gets a bit tiring with his repeated jabs at liberals and paints them to be the worst type of people imaginable. I guess you could call this Tom Clancy light, with a sense of humor. In fact, I thought the story was a bit too much over the top to take very seriously, so the humor was appreciated. I think it compares a lot to Star Wars, where the good guys win, the bad guys are really bad, and the humor is always close at hand. I'm surprised at how seriously many of the reviews seem to be. I mean, I'm sure the scenario is possible, but certainly not likely. Maybe the Chinese would attack Taiwan, but I seriously doubt they would ever attack the US.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim McCoy

    I like the way the plot works in this one. Speaking as a dude with a history degree who has done a lot of reading of military history, a lot of crap in war happens because something weird happens somewhere. Seriously, the mass bombing of London, and thereafter Germany, during World War Two happened because a German bomber got lost and jettisoned its bomb load over a civilian area (as opposed the the RAF base it was meant for). I seriously doubt that the Pentagon would plan to repel an invasion I like the way the plot works in this one. Speaking as a dude with a history degree who has done a lot of reading of military history, a lot of crap in war happens because something weird happens somewhere. Seriously, the mass bombing of London, and thereafter Germany, during World War Two happened because a German bomber got lost and jettisoned its bomb load over a civilian area (as opposed the the RAF base it was meant for). I seriously doubt that the Pentagon would plan to repel an invasion look anything like what happens in Occupied Seattle but the scenario contained in the book is actually believable. Equally as important to the plot of Occupied Seattle is the old adage that no plan survives contact with the enemy. Contingency planning is a good thing, but the other guy gets a vote in how things go too. Neither side gets everything to go right, but the plot hinges on the small things that add up to big ones. It makes sense. War is a very human endeavor and things go wrong all the time. It's good to see a book that uses that very premise. It's not my first time noting this, and I should probably be used to it by now, but it's always surprising to read a work written by a flyboy that does ground combat this well. The combat in Occupied Seattle is fast paced and frequent. This is the story of the US repelling a Chinese invasion of Seattle. There needs to be fighting. Kennedy does it well. I mean, Asbaran Solutions is still the best written ground combat I've read, but I think Kennedy will be okay with that, since he wrote Asbaran Solutions too. And that's saying something: I'm a huge Tom Kratman fan and he's a former infantry officer. I know good military fiction when I read it, and Kennedy has the technique down. Of course, you'll get some sea and air combat as well. Kennedy does that superbly, but that's what he's experienced with in the real world, so it's kind of what I expected. That's not to say it was done well; far from it. I enjoyed those parts of the book immensely. I just knew that I would. I love the characters in this book as well. Whether it's two twins trying to outdo each other, or a pilot running a ground unit, they're well thought out and make sense. No one is perfect, not even the members of the military in the book. I can think of one particular Master Chief that doesn't quite fit the stereotype too. That's okay. People are people and they don't always fit into neat little boxes. The civilians in the book act right as well. Americans are not lemmings who would follow an invader to their own doom. They wouldn't take an invasion lying down and they don't. Oh,and of course the American citizenry has a high incidence of firearms ownership and a large number of veterans mixed in. Kennedy nails the attitude of the common man perfectly. I remember taking a writing class in college and my professor informing me that I used too many characters. I also know I've read a ton of books that had and needed a Dramatis Personae in the back. Kennedy manages to avoid all of that. There are enough characters here to make the story work but not enough to create needless clutter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Davies

    This is the second book in the series, and continues on from the first day of the Chinese invasion of Seattle. In this book, the heroes manage to take the fight to the Chinese, defeating them at every turn, and capturing several Chinese vehicles including a hovercraft, a tank, several IFVs, and eventually, a destroyer. Now, for the bad news. It's not well-written. The combat sequences are cluncky, and things get glossed over. However, as I know this is Chris's second novel (well, the previous This is the second book in the series, and continues on from the first day of the Chinese invasion of Seattle. In this book, the heroes manage to take the fight to the Chinese, defeating them at every turn, and capturing several Chinese vehicles including a hovercraft, a tank, several IFVs, and eventually, a destroyer. Now, for the bad news. It's not well-written. The combat sequences are cluncky, and things get glossed over. However, as I know this is Chris's second novel (well, the previous book and this is one big story really) I can forgive him this as I know his writing has significantly improved since then. The epilogue sets things up for the next series "The Theogony"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Relatively decent invasion story. If you're a military scifi fan, this one should go down as a rather interesting read. It's more alternate history than scifi, but it's still pretty good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim Kratzok

    This sequel to Red Tide was quite satisfying! I love a story where the underdog fights back and pulls off a victory. Resuming where Red Tide leaves off, the Americans are now fully aware of just how screwed they are. The Chinese seem firmly in control, have all the big weapons, and lots of ammo. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that things don't work out the way the Chinese planned. Their invasion of Taiwan suddenly seems like a bad idea too. Score: Us - 1, Them - 0 Just the way I like it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I was curious to see if the experience of writing #1 influenced #2. After #2, I think the plot and characters are there as a framework for discussing weaponry, strategy, and other aspects of engagement at length, and he has strong feelings for the people of the military, even if the characters aren't well defined themselves. This subject is his jam. It's definitely on the same wavelength as Ready Player One in that "this is my jam and I am sticking. to. it." way. Not my cup of tea, but god love I was curious to see if the experience of writing #1 influenced #2. After #2, I think the plot and characters are there as a framework for discussing weaponry, strategy, and other aspects of engagement at length, and he has strong feelings for the people of the military, even if the characters aren't well defined themselves. This subject is his jam. It's definitely on the same wavelength as Ready Player One in that "this is my jam and I am sticking. to. it." way. Not my cup of tea, but god love the author that can fund a beer on his or her jam without doing someone else a frighten.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    This book contained many less paragraphs on the guns and much more time on the story. It was an improved story over book one. The story is what you would expect after the set up of the first book, the commando team develops, and some other characters are introduced. The ending was satisfying and the story solid in that respect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    The second book in the Occupied Seattle series was even more engaging than the first! I found myself reading every time I had five minutes to spare so I finally gave in and blew off the entire afternoon to finish the book. It was worth it! I can't wait to read more by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Geryl D Gilbert

    Action Action Action! Occupy Seattle was not a disappointment. There was action from the minute the book started to its very end. For anyone who likes a good military action story with the underdog beating the giant this book is for you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Occupied almost all by detailed military shoot me up. I got it because I thought there would be a cameo by Father Z

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Knight

    Very entertaining book. Better than book 1.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    A fast paced sequel to Red Tide.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fausto Aragon

  15. 5 out of 5

    sharon collins

  16. 4 out of 5

    Darrin A Sato

  17. 4 out of 5

    kris

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christian Wallace

  19. 5 out of 5

    C

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Califf

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  22. 4 out of 5

    Byron Borst

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cordney Lapp

  24. 4 out of 5

    Todd C

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charles Luckraft

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 5 out of 5

    David Wade

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deborah L MaueSprague

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