Elliot Ackerman and (Admiral) James Stavridis

2034 : a novel of the next world war

Penguin press

New York, 2021

bibliothèque insulaire


parutions 2021
2034 : a novel of the next world war / Elliot Ackerman and (Admiral) James Stavridis. - New York : Penguin press, 2021. - 320 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN 978-1-984881-25-0
NOTE DE L'ÉDITEUR : On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris “ Wedge ” Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt's destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenseless. In a single day, America's faith in its military's strategic pre-eminence is in tatters. A new, terrifying era is at hand.

So begins a disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction, co-authored by an award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran and the former commander of NATO, a legendary admiral who has spent much of his career strategically outmaneuvering America's most tenacious adversaries. Written with a powerful blend of geopolitical sophistication and human empathy, 2034 takes us inside the minds of a global cast of characters — Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians — as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying international storm. In the end, China and the United States will have paid a staggering cost, one that forever alters the global balance of power.

Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts on the ground combined with the authors' years working at the highest and most classified levels of national security. Sometimes it takes a brilliant work of fiction to illuminate the most dire of warnings : 2034 is all too close at hand, and this cautionary tale presents the reader a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid.
Elliot Ackerman is the author of the novels Red Dress In Black and White, Waiting for Eden, Dark at the Crossing, and Green on Blue, as well as the memoir Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.
Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) spent more than thirty years in the US Navy, rising to the rank of four-star admiral. He was Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and previously commanded US Southern Command, overseeing military operations through Latin America. At sea, he commanded a Navy destroyer, a destroyer squadron, and an aircraft carrier battle group in combat. He holds a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He received 50 medals in the course of his military career, including 28 from foreign nations. He has published nine previous books, including Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans and Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character.

Aussi haletant que terrible, le scénario de la guerre sino-américaine que proposent Elliot Ackerman et l'amiral James Stavridis dans leur livre de politique-fiction 2034, […] s'achève sur une frappe nucléaire américaine sur Shanghaï et un accord de paix orchestré par l'Inde. Les auteurs, l'un, ancien marine passé par la Maison Blanche, et l'autre, ex-commandant suprême de l'OTAN en Europe, décrivent une inexorable montée des tensions.

Tout commence en mer de Chine du Sud, quand la 7e flotte américaine saisit le Wen Rui, un petit bateau de pêche chinois bourré de matériel électronique que Pékin a volontairement mis dans les pattes de l'US Navy. A quelques milliers de kilomètres de là, au même moment, un chasseur F-35 est contraint d'atterir à Bandar Abbas, en Iran, piraté par les cybercombattants de l'armée chinoise.

L'idée de la Chine, forte d'une avance technologique décisive, est d'instaurer un chantage maîtrisé conduisant à son objectif final : le contrôle de ses approches maritimes dans les mers de Chine. Son armée va paralyser à distance la flotte américaine et couler plusieurs de ses navires. Quand son armada, totalement furtive, cerne Taïwan deux mois plus tard, le président américain ne peut que déclarer depuis Washington que “ la ligne rouge a été franchie ”.


“ Taïwan : les scénarios d'une prise de contrôle de l'île s'enflamment ”, Le Monde, 16 avril 2021 [en ligne]
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Elliot Ackerman & James Stavridis : 2034, a novel of the next world war