Thursday, 3 July 2014

Red Gambit series ...

I've been reading quite a bit recently, more than I have for a long time. As a fan of alternate history and military fiction, I had a search on Amazon and came across the 'Red Gambit' series, which begins with Opening Moves.

This series posits a Soviet attack upon the western allies in July '45 with nothing differing from actual historical events up to this point. The story follows the pattern established in other 3rd world war novels - such as Red Storm Rising - of following characters on both sides of the fight and moving around the war zones.

There are a few innovations in the story - such as ex-SS officers instructing the allies on how to fight the Reds and a novel use for Nazi vehicles captured by the Soviets - that have made this series, IMO, an enjoyable read.

The series continues with Breakthrough, followed by Stalemate, then Impasse and is not finished yet (the 5th volume has yet to be released).  Each paperback volume costs around £10-11 and they vary from 600-800 pages, although the kindle versions are much cheaper (£3-4).

Personally, I would recommend this series to anyone interested in Third World War stories. Apart from being a cracking good read, it certainly makes a change of pace from the usual acronym-filled, technology-heavy stories.

HOWEVER, if grammar mis-use of things like apostrophes, they're/there/their, we're/where/were, etc is something that you find excessively annoying, then perhaps these books will not be for you ...


  1. An excellent review and while I do like the concept, but it's one series I'll not be getting.

  2. Sounds interesting, though I suspect that the grammar abuse you mention would drive me crazy :-( .

  3. Thanks for the heads up - I am a bit fan of alternative history and have even drawn up a campaign idea for something very similar to this ... after all, Churchill and Patton both wanted to 'go' the reds. I might give it a look despite the grammar.

  4. Sounds like a great book. If you fancy another alternate history one try reading 48 by James Herbert.

  5. As the author, I think that's a fair review indeed. I rushed the first book out and, as it was my first foray into writing, I fell into certain traps. thathas changed with subsequent volumes. i did do a re-edit a while back, taking away many of the issues, but I do know that some remain. I also spell in English, unless American units are being spoken of, so valour is not valor most of the time, which brings about accusations of misspelling. i will revisit Opening Moves, but constantly find myself under pressure to produce the next volume. Thanks again for taking the time to chat about my work.