Review: Wake of War by Zac Topping

Author: Zac Topping
Publisher: Forge Books
Released: July 19, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Wake of War, written by Zac Topping, is a thriller novel that feels more real than fictional at times. It’s one of those novels unafraid to delve into current events and issues, making it a heavier read than its peers. Yet it is still a worthwhile experience.

The United States of America feels less united by the day. The economy is crumbling, the government is ineffective, and the people are desperate. It’s the perfect recipe for disaster – or civil war.

Enter people like James Trent and Sam Cross. James Trent is an army man fighting a war he doesn’t support. Meanwhile, Sam Cross has a personal connection to this war, and that means she’s dedicated to making a difference.

Wake of War is one of those books that has the potential to hit HARD, especially depending on the mood you’re in. It portrays a war that can feel all too real, and those more sensitive to those concepts will find themselves chilled. Or, in my case, staying up late at night to avoid the risk of nightmares. You know how it goes.

If you’re a fan of hardcore military science fiction, then the odds are good that you will enjoy Wake of War. However, I should probably mention that this book leans more one way than the other (more military than science fiction). There’s nothing wrong with that, obviously. It’s all about finding the right genre balance for you, right?

In many ways, Wake of War reminded me of classical tales of war, just with a different setting. I think that helped ground the story, making it feel all the more real.

Thanks to Forge and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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