Two years after Operation Desert Storm, the problems facing military forces around the world have changed dramatically. In the US, active-duty military units have been drastically cut and reserve forces built up. Then an unusual mission comes up. By the author of Night of the Hawk.Two years after Operation Desert Storm, the problems facing military forces around the world have changed dramatically. In the US, active-duty military units have been drastically cut and reserve forces built up. Then an unusual mission comes up. By the author of Night of the Hawk.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-05-17 In the year 1995, hardliners have taken control of Russia and seek to reabsorb Ukraine, which has applied for NATO membership. When Russia detonates a low-yield atomic device, the U.S. dispatches a wing of F-111 aircraft, some piloted by women. Major Becky Furness has something to prove, as does Colonel Darren Mace, who has been under a cloud since a mysteriously aborted mission during the first hours of Operation Desert Storm. As the world lurches toward nuclear conflict, Furness and Mace find themselves on a last-chance air strike against the Russian high command. Brown's longstanding love affair with the B-52 ( Flight of the Old Dog ) has given way to a new passion for the F-111, which is this sprawling techno-thriller's real protagonist. The cockpit scenes ably synthesize combat action and technical description, but the novel's storyline shifts uneasily from describing the dynamics of a near-future Air Force to defending the use of women in combat to depicting Russia's resurgence. An unimaginatively nasty portrait of a First Couple clearly modeled on the Clintons does nothing to advance the plot; techno-thrillers seldom succeed as romans a clef . ( July ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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