2034 - Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis, USN


By Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis, USN

  • Release Date: 2021-03-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 442 Ratings


An instant New York Times Bestseller!

“Consider this another vaccine against disaster. Fortunately, this dose won't cause a temporary fever—and it happens to be a rippingly good read.” —Wired

“This crisply written and well-paced book reads like an all-caps warning for a world shackled to the machines we carry in our pockets and place on our laps . . ." —The Washington Post

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

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.


  • 2034 quick review

    By maxrunner13
    i enjoyed reading 2034. it was very well written with a surprise ending. i highly recommend 2034!
  • This book was amazing!!!

    By .......good
    Great story, hopefully it will remain a story and not a reality.
  • Timely

    By Jeffrey Leukel
    A timely story at a time when America must face two divergent paths. Down one is the anarchy of a country divided by demons that tear us asunder into a charnel house of autocracy. The other an opportunity grasped that catapults America into a golden age of a society dedicated to the rights of not just it own citizens, but the citizens of all who nah it this small delicate place we call Earth.
  • No

    By no.Dont.
    Oh how I wish I read the ratings before I bought this. Sloppy writing and unrealistic outcomes. I thought the premise was interesting, but this story reads more like a high schooler wrote it.
  • Must read

    By A-J-H
    Couldn't put it down. A warning to the world
  • Great story!

    By Guizurita
    Started the reading on “Wired” magazine. I liked it so much that I have need up buying the book.
  • Disappointed

    By V.R.Cal
    I was really hoping for a Clancy type approach to WW3 in the East. While the writing is good, the rest falls apart. The set up for period is patently ridiculous. Just a couple lines to explain how Israel lost a war and the Golan Heights. The rest of the book only gets worse. No details to explain how China would be able to create and deploy cyber weapons that allow them to take over our planes planes so completely that even hardwired mechanical systems like the ejection seats are inoperable. The author utterly ignores whole platforms like subs. Our Allies are similarly ignored or brushed off with just a couple of improbable lines with no support. Instead it reads like a shallow rant against things the author dislikes, but has no reason, data, or even a mildly reasoned argument to justify. Just reread Red Storm Rising again.
  • Fast moving thriller

    By TLL Jr
    Pulls itself forward quickly as events spin toward a climax. Teaches good lessons about globalized economies and communications as well as good old time keeping and courage.
  • 2034

    By carlosf305
    Good reading
  • Thought provoking and humbling

    By BikeColorado
    A keen reminder to never take what we have as Americans for granted.