March Madness World War III Style: The Field

So, here we are. Thirty-two works of WWIII fiction, five rounds, four regions, and when all is said and done there will be one champion crowned. The tournament is set up similar to how the NCAA tournament is, but with thirty-two competitors instead of sixty-four. Each region is made up of eight novels, seeded and bracketed accordingly. The four novels left standing at the end of regional play will make up the final four for this tournament and square off just as the real world NCAA Final Four teams do every spring.

The first round results will be posted Sunday, regional semifinals on Tuesday, and regional finals the day after. Final four and championship games will be completed and posted next Saturday, and then we’re done. In between will be a couple of post, however, D+16 entries will not start up until this tournament is completed. Along the way I’ll also explain a bit about book selection, methodology and go over some of the bubble titles that did not make the cut this year. Below is the entire field broken down into regions and regional rankings. The four #1 seeds shouldn’t come as any surprise, but keep in mind that each title has vulnerabilities and could be bounced from the tournament earlier than expected. After all, upsets are as much a part of March as St.Patrick’s Day. 😊

Red Region

  1. Red Storm Rising
  2. One Second After
  3. Cauldron
  4. Resurrection Day
  5. Northern Fury
  6. Red Metal
  7. Bear’s Claws
  8. Storming the Gap First Strike

White Region

  1. Third World War
  2. Red Army
  3. Chieftains
  4. First Clash
  5. Ghost Fleet
  6. The Sixth Battle
  7. Bombs Away
  8. 2034

Blue Region

  1. Alas Babylon
  2. Arc Light
  3. Sword Point
  4. Third World War: The Untold Story
  5. The War That Never Was
  6. The Red Line
  7. The Elephant Game
  8. WWIII

Gold Region

  1. On The Beach
  2. Team Yankee
  3. The Last Ship
  4. Vortex
  5. Tomorrow
  6. Amerika
  7. Invasion
  8. World War 1990


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