A large part of the Maelstrom Rising series has been aiming at how a next world war wouldn’t necessarily look like most people think. Power Vacuum drives that home, as it becomes clearer that Thunder Run was far from the end in Europe.
The European Defense Council Has Fallen…
…But Peace Has Not Come to Europe
Will the Chaos Only Spread from Here?
The thunder run into Germany has left Matt’s team battered and borderline combat ineffective. The Triarii don’t have the reinforcements for them to stand down, however. Commitments in the US and the Western Pacific have stretched them thin.
And with Europe in chaos, there is no rest to be had.
Jihadis have struck repeatedly, sowing bloodshed and confusion where possible, and it appears the Turks are involved. The Russians are pushing in the east, and they may have operatives in the heart of Western Europe as well.
The European Defense Corps hasn’t stood down, either.
And a new NGO that’s arrived to help might be the most dangerous enemy of all…
It’s become something of a buzzword. There are books written about how it became a buzzword (One in particular, that proved to be a massive waste of time while doing research for this book, was entirely on the academic development of the understanding of the concept.) But it’s really nothing new. The extent to which modern belligerents might combine regular and irregular forces might be somewhat new, but it’s been going on as long as there’s been warfare.
We get to see it up close and personal in Power Vacuum. Because the instruments of war are as much political, economic, and informational as they are kinetic. And when you embark on an offensive, you’d better be prepared for the aftermath.
Because nature abhors a vacuum.