In Rick Campbell’s newest thriller, a military coup in Russia leads to a swift invasion of former Soviet territories—while the U.S. has been rendered powerless to respond.
In Russia, the military is anxious to assert its military strength and regain its role as a superpower. The Russian President refuses to greenlight a bold plan to disable American strategic nuclear capability and retake Ukraine and the Baltic States, fearing the potential consequences of involving nuclear weapons. But the generals won't have it and at the first opportunity, they overthrow the president in a military coup. Then they use a narrow window to initiate their bold plan—the Zolotov option—which will render all of America's B2 bombers and ballistic missiles useless. With the U.S. off the board, they swiftly invade Ukraine with an overwhelming force, an invading Army that even NATO can't hope to resist.
Now, it's game on. Without their primary weapons, the U.S. has to find a way to fight back on multiple fronts. If they're to have any chance, they'll have to overcome the malware that has grounded their ballistic missiles and planes, as well as secretly land a SEAL team to help rescue the imprisoned Russian President, and help retake control from the forces that are driving Europe into a continental war.
Rick Campbell, one of the finest young military thriller writers, returns with his biggest and boldest novel to date.
When U.S. national security adviser Christine O'Connor, who has had more than her share of danger in the three years of her Washington career, decides to resign her position in Campbell's gripping fifth series thriller (after 2017's Blackmail), the U.S. president persuades her to stay to help negotiate a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Christine travels to Russia, where President Yuri Kalinin is under pressure from his military to seize territory to create a buffer between Russia and the NATO nations. After the recent failure of a similar move and the malfunction of a Russian secret weapon, Kalinin vetoes the military operation in the west proposed by Gen. Sergei Andropov. On the personal side, Kalinin, enamored of Christine because of her resemblance to his late wife, asks her to come to his summer residence for a short vacation after the arms negotiations. She accepts, but a coup engineered by Andropov removes Kalinin from power, resulting in a change of plan for him and Christine. Meanwhile, the Russians now have a functioning secret weapon to counter the Americans. Military action fans will be well satisfied.
Great book that brought back Tom Clancy’s style and storytelling
A thrilling page turner from start to finish. Nail biter at times. Disappointed the story ended. Enjoyed your comments about the development of the character Christine and look forward to reading your next story.