Reading Matters

Charlotte native writes blockbuster novel of World War III

I confess: I missed one of the biggest books of the summer. A sizzler. A book the Los Angeles Times called one of the 19 thrillers to “be obsessed with” this summer.

And the co-author grew up in Charlotte – valedictorian of his 1993 graduating class at Myers Park High – nose buried in Tom Clancy novels at the Myers Park branch library.

My bad. I am truly sorry.

Peter Singer, I now know, is a household word in nuclear power and military circles. His novel, co-written with August Cole, is “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War,” Houghton Mifflin’s number one seller this summer.

Here’s how Singer describes it: “The novel explores what would happen if the brewing cold war with China/Russia were ever to turn hot. It is a scenario that is fiction, but is a real risk as we look at tensions rising everywhere from the Pacific to the Ukraine. So the book is a new kind of melding of genres. It crosses storytelling (drawn from my work with Hollywood/gaming industry, “The Call of Duty”) with nonfiction-style research on the key trends playing out today in tech and policy.”

And the blurbs from high places keep on keeping on: From Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, 2009-2013 (”pitch-perfect vision”); producer D.B. Weiss (“thrilling trip”); Military Times (“haunting glimpse into our future”); The Economist: (“much for accurate” than Tom Clancy); Admiral Jonathan Greenert, 30th Chief of Naval Operation, US Navy: (“Thoughtful, strategic and relevant”); Publisher’s Weekly: (“a chilling vision”).

My apologies to you, Peter Singer, and to your parents Alice Carr and Allan Singer.