An electrifying military thriller from the national bestselling author who “writes with a gripping and gritty authority” (Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times–bestselling author).
It begins with the kidnapping of an Army Reserve officer on U.S. soil. Name: Captain Maeve Cassidy. Profession: Geologist specializing in natural gas drilling and fracturing. Mission: classified. Abducted less than twenty-four hours upon her return from Afghanistan, Cassidy’s disappearance from a Fort Bragg compound is more than a security breach. It is the first stage of a large-scale domestic attack that few Americans could imagine—or survive . . .
Enter Delta Force veteran Jake Mahegan. The seasoned operative is on a personal mission of vengeance, tracking down his mother’s killer at a drilling site in North Carolina. When he’s assigned the task of locating the geologist, he can’t help but wonder if her abduction is connected to the fracking magnate he’s pursuing. But when a nearby nuclear plant is attacked, and then another, in a matter of days, Mahegan knows it’s no coincidence. It is a brilliantly conceived, ruthlessly orchestrated assault on our homeland that no intelligence analyst could ever foresee—or stop . . .
When a third nuclear plant is targeted, Mahegan has no choice but to try. If he fails, our nation falls. The countdown is launched. The clock is ticking. Armageddon begins . . . Three Minutes to Midnight.
The Jake Mahegan thrillers are . . .
“Absolutely fantastic . . . pulse-pounding.” —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times-bestselling author
“Explosive!” —W.E.B. Griffin, #1 New York Times-bestselling author
Underground fracking is the unorthodox delivery system for nuclear terrorism in Tata's riveting second novel featuring Chayton "Jake" Mahegan (after 2015's Foreign and Domestic). Mahegan, whose name means falcon wolf in Iroquois, has vowed to take revenge on the men who raped and killed his American Indian mother when he was 14. For now the former Delta Force operative and "one-man justice system" does what he can for others. His boss, Maj. Gen. Bob Savage, tasks him with rescuing geologist Maeve Brennan Cassidy, a U.S. Army Reserve captain, who was seized from North Carolina's Fort Bragg shortly after returning from duty in Afghanistan. Cassidy's kidnappers plan to use her as an unwitting tool to destabilize a nuclear power plant. Mahegan's mission to save Cassidy and thwart the threat converges with his personal vendetta against his mother's killers. Mahegan stands out from the crowd of usual thriller heroes, avoiding the clich d trope of the mystical American Indian warrior. Vivid descriptions of close-quarters combat are detailed enough to be instructional, and Tata keeps the story twisting to the rousing final pages.