The president rushes across the South Lawn through a pounding thunderstorm to Marine One, the presidential helicopter, to fly to Camp David late at night. His advisors plead with him not to fly, but he insists. He has arranged a meeting that only three people in his administration know about. Half way to Camp David, Marine One crashes into a ravine, killing all aboard.
Kent "Rat" Rathman is back, for the hottest issue of our time—the War on Terrorism—and explores it with a compelling, stay-up-late thriller filled with high-stakes courtroom drama, white-knuckle in-the-cockpit flying, and the shadowy world of American Special Forces operations.
On a mission to the now-volatile Mediterranean, F/A-18 pilot Lieutenant Ed Stovic shoots down an Algerian MiG at the climax of a dramatic, high-stakes dogfight and becomes an overnight hero in the eyes of his countrymen—and the target of a zealot's revenge. Enter Kent "Rat" Rathman, a member of the Navy's secret counterterrorism team, and the man charged with keeping an eye on Stovic and the zealot.
Forced to resign after being wrongly scapegoated for a tragic midair disaster, former Navy TOPGUN instructor Luke Henry has opened a private aerial combat training school in the Nevada desert—with the aid of a cadre of former TOP GUN instructors and full support of the government. But the Defense Department's contract comes with strings attached, including training Pakistani pilots with questionable agendas in the first class.
An explosive novel that takes us from the cockpits of carrier-based naval fighters to the inside of the CIA and the Mossad, as one man's determination to avenge a wrongful death has the potential to ignite an international war of deceit, murder, and retaliation.
A peacenik president orders the arrest and trial of a battlegroup commander who, in defiance of a presidential order, led the Congress-authorized attack on terrorists in Balance of Power. The admiral is on trial for having defied the president while carrying out the orders of a rebellious Congress. The president is on trial for having failed to act when a crisis threatened his country. And, the terrorist behind the attacks is back in action, invading a U.S.-owned gold mine on an Indonesian island, murdering the American boss, and holding his wife hostage.
In the heart of the nation's crisis, the pirate first seen in Balance of Power emerges.
Off the coast of Indonesia, an American cargo ship has been seized by terrorists, its captain kidnapped and its crew mercilessly slaughtered. In Washington, a peace-loving president believe that attacking terrorists only perpetuates the "cycle of violence". Congress violently disagrees and employs a long forgotten Constitutional provision to act on its own.
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