Patrick McLanahan #16
On Sale: March 1, 2011
Featuring: Patrick McLanahan
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The deadliest strike will come from outer space
When America develops the most powerful defense system in
history, will it be used to protect the nation-or will it be
used to force universal domination? This question must be
answered in the stillness of outer space and the corridors
of the White House.
The United States has just unleashed the most powerful
weapon in history-a missile-launching satellite called
Thor's Hammer that can strike anywhere on the planet in
seconds. Now the United States stands unchecked in military
Or does it?
The world's other major superpowers, Russia and China, are
rocked by America's development, and they scramble to
respond by gaining control of the seas. When terrorists
hijack Pakistani missiles and fire them at Indian cities,
U.S. president Joseph Gardner has only one option: to use
the untested Thor's Hammer. But something goes awry and the
Hammer misses one of its targets, killing thousands of
Pakistani civilians. In retaliation, Pakistan and the Middle
East decide to give China strategic naval advantage by
granting it access to Middle Eastern ports.
To make matters worse, days after the crisis, Somali pirates
board a Chinese freighter off the coast of Mogadishu and
slaughter the crew. China responds by brutally attacking and
then occupying Somalia, quickly setting up missile pads that
can target U.S. naval ships across vital sea-lanes in the
Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden, as well as any ships
transiting the Suez Canal. Now the U.S. high command is on
red alert and the country's security is in total jeopardy. . . .
Another flash point quickly emerges-in Earth's orbit. When
Chinese and Russian spacecraft surround an American space
station, the threat is clear: negotiate and compromise, or
China and Russia will cripple the U.S. Navy with ballistic
missiles. Retired Air Force lieutenant general Patrick
McLanahan returns to assist the commander of the U.S. Space
Defense Force, Kai Raydon. But can McLanahan and Raydon stop
the Chinese and Russian spaceships? Or will the world's
superpowers be plunged into a full-scale war? All the while,
President Gardner must face threats from within when his own
vice president begins to challenge his decisions-and maybe
even his job.
With Executive Intent , the New York Times bestselling
master thriller-writer Dale Brown crafts an action-packed
tale of intrigue and technological weaponry that pits the
world's superpowers in a contest for Earth's oceans and
ultimate high ground-space.
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