The best military adventure writer in the country today. —Clive Cussler
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Hardliners gain control of Russia and motion to retake Ukraine. After detonating an atomic device in Ukraine, the United States flies in a fleet of F-111 combat planes for support – including some of the first women to fly in combat, who have something to prove.
About the Author:
Dale Brown is a former U.S. Air Force Captain, and the author of 22 novels, 14 of which went on to become New York Times Best Sellers. He is also the co-author of the DREAMLAND series of techno-thrillers. He lives in Nevada with his wife and son, stays involved in several law enforcement, education, and literacy organizations, and flies for Angel Flight West and Civil Air Patrol.
In the year 1995, hardliners have taken control of Russia and seek to reabsorb Ukraine, which has applied for NATO membership. When Russia detonates a low-yield atomic device, the U.S. dispatches a wing of F-111 aircraft, some piloted by women. Major Becky Furness has something to prove, as does Colonel Darren Mace, who has been under a cloud since a mysteriously aborted mission during the first hours of Operation Desert Storm. As the world lurches toward nuclear conflict, Furness and Mace find themselves on a last-chance air strike against the Russian high command. Brown's longstanding love affair with the B-52 ( Flight of the Old Dog ) has given way to a new passion for the F-111, which is this sprawling techno-thriller's real protagonist. The cockpit scenes ably synthesize combat action and technical description, but the novel's storyline shifts uneasily from describing the dynamics of a near-future Air Force to defending the use of women in combat to depicting Russia's resurgence. An unimaginatively nasty portrait of a First Couple clearly modeled on the Clintons does nothing to advance the plot; techno-thrillers seldom succeed as romans a clef . ( July )