Not all my reading is spiritual these days.
As I mentioned I am rereading Benedict XVI’s third volume of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives. A good Advent read.
Also, on my Kindle right now, is John Allen’s, The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.
I just finished reading two books by Christopher Kennedy – quick reads – with the intriguing scenario of the Chinese figuring out a way to invade Seattle and hold hostages in the city as a way to invade Taiwan and force its reintegration into the PRC. This isn’t heavy reading, but it is diverting and fun.
The serious side is that we in these USA have been pretty lax about our national cyber-security. In Kennedy’s book, the Chinese start with a savage cyber attack. This is a realistic threat.
Some years ago, on the recommendation of a retired 3-star Marine, I read a white paper by two Chinese colonels in the PLA about how to conduct an asymmetrical unrestricted war on us. Since they can’t go head to head with us, yet, in a conventional war, they posit ways to achieve many of the same effects through unconventional ways. For example, hacking a computer to cause sewage to flood a city’s streets can create havoc and damage that bombs could cause.
They can’t deliver bombs, but they can hack our computers. Get the idea?
Anyway, the title of the first of the two books by Kennedy is Red Tide. The second is Occupied Seattle. Kennedy hits a balance of light-hearted but serious, impossible but plausible. (And good guys win in the end, but not without a lot of good guys dying… nobly.)
I wonder why so many TEOWAWKI books are set in Washington state?
BTW… books are inexpensive for Kindle!
I knocked off James Wesley Rawles’ latest in his series, Expatriates.
I am also rereading The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome by Jake Morrissey and Caravaggio by Helen Langdon.
Moreover, I am pecking away at Charles Krauthammer’s new book, Things That Matter.
So… titles like these keep my lips moving day after day. They keep the mind fresh.