Red Metal - Mark Greaney & LtCol H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC

Red Metal

By Mark Greaney & LtCol H. Ripley Rawlings IV, USMC

  • Release Date: 2019-07-16
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,041 Ratings


A Russian military strike against Europe could change the balance of power in the West. A stunningly realistic view of modern warfare from a battlefield commander and the New York Times bestselling author of The Gray Man

The Russian bear has awakened. Their tanks race across Poland crushing all opposition on a headlong dash for the heart of Germany. Satellite killing missiles blind American forces while Spetznatz teams destroy Allied communications relays. It's all part of a master plan to confuse and defeat America and her allies.

Ranged against the Russian attack are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy job at the Pentagon and thrown into the fray, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish female partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the captain of an American tank platoon who, along with a German sergeant, struggle to keep a small group of American and German tanks in the fight.

Operation Red Metal is a nightmare scenario made real but could it just be the first move on the Russian chessboard?


  • Excellent story, great reading.

    By NotDef
    Truly a gripping plot line and multilayered story. Bit of a shorthand inclusion of Asia, but it will certainly lead into a future book. Interesting characters and enough knowledge and jargon without being overstuffed. Tactical elements were extraordinary. I’ve read a hundred books of this genre, and this is certainly at the top area of the stack.
  • Not up to Greaney standards

    By Gary43
    Pretty poor offering from MG though I suspect he just lent his name to the book. For too much use of nomenclature for the military equipment — who cares the name of the engine in a Russian armored vehicle and how much horsepower? Continual use of nomenclature totally unnecessary and distracting. Author discusses use of F-35 and F/A-18 operating from the amphibious ship USS Boxer — inaccurate. While F-35 can operate from Boxer, the F/A-18 cannot. It needs a catapult and arresting gear to fly on/off Boxer. Boxer is not configured with either catapults or arresting gear.
  • Great read.

    By One year plan
    There’s a lot of things going on and Greary does a great job of keeping it all tied together.
  • Excellent read!

    By rhvehicle
    We’ll-written, tight story rang true and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Fast-paced with the feel of being true to life. Very well done!
  • Exceptional !!

    By Tallredoak1
    Exceptional….. many reviews claim , “You can’t put it down !!”…. This book delivers on that claim , and then some !! Epic and relentless in its drama and intensity !!
  • Excellent

    By RiccoV
    So real, like out of the headlines.
  • Action packed

    By Jack marino
    Lots of interesting action and character build up. Frightening how easily the scenario could really happen.
  • A10 no burner.

    By geeeerrrryy
    Pretty good, very detailed , but a few loose ends left hanging. Oh, and the warthog has no afterburner :-)
  • Great read

    By PDennison
    Starts a little slow but hang on, it's a page turner!
  • Great Read

    By Frus.trat.ed
    Fast paced with many angles to the action. You get to know many of the players on a personal level both the good guys and bad.