Troy Pearce and his elite team of drone experts are called in when rising tensions between China and Japan threaten to dramatically change the geopolitical climate of the world.
When China stakes a dubious claim in the hotly disputed waters of the East China Sea, the prime minister of Japan threatens to dispatch the country’s naval assets and tear up its antiwar constitution unless the Americans forcefully intervene. The war-weary Americans are reluctant to confront the powerful Chinese navy directly, but if the Japanese provoke a military conflict with their historic enemy, treaty obligations would draw the United States into the fight.
In order to deescalate the first foreign policy crisis of his administration, U.S. president Lane dispatches Troy Pearce and his team to Tokyo to defuse the situation. What they find is a quagmire of hawkish politicians, nationalistic fervor, special interests with their own hidden agendas, and possibly the greatest military threat that America has ever faced. In this treacherous atmosphere it will require all of Pearce’s cunning—and his team’s technological prowess—to separate the truth from misdirection, and prevent the world from plunging into war.
Maden's uneven third Troy Pearce novel (after 2014's Blue Warrior) focuses on the dispute between the Japanese and the Chinese over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Former CIA operative Troy, now the CEO of the world's premier drone security company, Pearce Systems, is attempting to persuade the Japanese government to invest in a drone system to protect against a Chinese attack. Meanwhile, former U.S. president Margaret Myers, a close friend of Troy's, is in Japan trying to de-escalate the conflict. The Chinese, who are debating whether to declare war on Japan, have come up with a game-changing weapon, the unstoppable Wu-14 missile that can take out an American aircraft carrier. The brief periods of excitement are effective, but a long backstory, the romance between Troy and Margaret, and many references to earlier novels slow down the action and keep this entry in a worthy military thriller series from really going nuclear.