On August 12, 1992 in this reality the IRA succeeds in contaminating Britain’s drinking water with LSD. The prime minister and others in power under LSD decide to retaliate by nuking Ireland. And for good measure their allies South Africa and China. The war escalates and draws almost all countries into the fight. Chemical and biological weapons kill half the world’s population.
Now it is 1999 and the US like most of the world is a depopulated wasteland. Texas has seceded taking their needed oil reserves. Since manpower is scarce both sides must rely on Israeli mercenaries. It seems that Israel is one of the few countries to not get involved with the war and actually faces overpopulation.
Sol Ingelstein commands a brigade of modern Centurion tanks for the Federal Domestic Forces. His laser gatling gun mounted tanks easily crush the Texan’s obsolete armor and make it to Dallas. There they take out the Judge Roy Bean a cruiser floated up the Trinity canal to act as an artillery platform.
The federal forces have much bigger problems then the Texas revolt. The president has been kidnapped by Texan Rangers and the Vice President is growing more dictatorial. To avoid a possible greater civil war the President must be recaptured. Sol is recruited to lead the mission. Disguised as Texan military with obsolete WWII tanks and a turncoat Texan he must lead a mission into the heart of a Texan military base on the Rio Grande.
So I’m not an expert but to contaminate Britain’s water wouldn’t you need a lot of LSD. I mean like tanker trucks full and wouldn’t someone notice that? OK so 1990’s have come and gone. There was no world war. No laser gatling gun mounted tanks. What I like about books like this is to see how someone in 1974 envisioned the future. Of course they got it completely wrong but maybe forty years ago it made sense.
Discounting some of the more goofier elements in the story it stands as an entertaining read. I would recommend it for a lazy weekend afternoon if you have nothing better to do.
And also it has one of the coolest covers I’ve ever seen for a book.