Troy Pearce and his team of drone experts are called to action when ISIS launches a series of attacks on U.S. soil.
On the eve of President Lane’s historic Asian Security Summit, a hobby-store quadcopter lands on the White House lawn carrying a package and an ominous threat: Fly the enclosed black flag of ISIS over the White House by noon today or suffer the consequences. The threat further promises that every day the flag isn’t flown a new attack will be launched, each deadlier than the first.
President Lane refuses to comply with the outrageous demand, but the first drone attacks, sending a shudder through the U.S. economy. With few options available and even fewer clues, President Lane unleashes Troy Pearce and his Drone Command team to find and stop the untraceable source of the destabilizing attacks. But the terror mastermind proves more elusive and vindictive than any opponent Pearce has faced before . . . and if Pearce fails, the nation will suffer an unimaginable catastrophe on its soil or be forced into war.
In Maden's prescient fourth Troy Pearce novel (after 2015's Drone Command), the former CIA Special Operations Group officer returns to government service when President David Lane taps him to head his new Drone Command agency. The assignment comes just in time, as a drone has landed on the White House lawn with a message from ISIS: fly the black flag of the Islamic State over the executive mansion, or be "destroyed in a storm of unquenchable fire." When the president categorically refuses, a series of attacks follows. The strikes clever, elaborate, and potentially catastrophic are curiously absent of the casualties that ISIS is known for. While the members of Lane's inner circle, some operating on duplicitous agendas, argue for all-out retaliatory war, Pearce futilely urges restraint. Maden, who has a master's and a Ph.D. in political science, brings a nuance to these bureaucratic machinations that's often absent from the typical political thriller, and his drone pilot villain is as memorably evil as they come.