* FridgeHorror - The novel ends with a coup overthrowing the existing Soviet regime, and replacing it with a triumverate who immediately sues for peace before NATO can destroy what's left of the Red Army in West Germany. Which, of course, is exactly how World War I ended....and set the stage for World War II. Not to mention the fact that the wealthiest parts of Europe were destroyed in the war, and hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment were consumed in the fighting, while the East Asian nations were unaffected, and the post-war situation does not look bright.
* MoralEventHorizon - Soviet soldiers in Iceland break into a civilian farmhouse, kill the parents and dog, and rape the pregnant daughter. The Soviets as a whole are portrayed as decent and honorable men throughout the novel, but it's hard to feel the slightest bit of sympathy towards the soldiers in this incident.
** In that case, it was the KGB officer leading the men who seemed to have been assigned the most blame. In fact, most of the negatively portrayed DirtyCommunists in the book (aside from the callously self-serving Politburo members) seem to have been members of the [[AcceptableTargets KGB]].
** Blowing up kids in the first place to "create" a ''casus belli''. Which comes back to bite Director Kosov spectacularly in the end.
*** Although the KGB Colonel who actually did it gets a KarmaHoudini and is even portrayed as a bit of a ColonelBadass later on.
* RomanticPlotTumor: Handily {{averted}}, surprisingly. You might expect Edwards and Vigdis' relationship to bog down the story. It doesn't, and it is quite clear that the war is the focal point of the story, not the ex-weatherman and the farmgirl.
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