Arctic Storm Rising

Mysterious Book Report No. 450

by John Dwaine McKenna

Bestselling author Dale Brown has just launched a new, edge-of-your-seat military thriller that features a brand-new protagonist with a talent for smartassery, a nose for trouble and enough steel in his character to build a battleship.  He’s a U.S. Air Force Intelligence and Special Operations Officer whose rank is captain.  His name is Nick Flynn, and Arctic Storm Rising, (Wm Morrow, $28.99, 400 pages, ISBN 978-0-06-301504-3), is his coming-out party.

Nick runs afoul of a vindictive and less than competent CIA officer during a rescue mission in the Libyan desert, when the CIA man manages to pin the blame for mission failure on the lower ranking Air Force officer, rather than accepting responsibility for it.  As a result, Nick is banished to a remote, early-warning radar station in the northernmost reaches of the Alaskan wilderness and put in charge of a rag-tag band of misfits, drawn from different services.  They’re not exactly the Dirty Dozen, but they’re not exactly Uncle Sam’s finest either.  Nevertheless, Captain Flynn does his best to turn the lot of them into competent soldiers with the help of the one bright spot amongst his company, an Alaska National Guard First Sergeant who’s a native of the state and an expert in cold weather operations.

At the same time, halfway around the world, the Russian Government is preparing for the final test flight of a super-secret, advanced technology stealth bomber, known as the PAK-DA.  The bomber, on it’s last test flight, and carrying twelve nuclear-tipped and  fully operational cruise missiles, is commandeered by the test pilot, Col. Alexi Petrov.  He  flies it in stealth mode, under the cover of darkness and in the midst of an Arctic super storm, into the Alaskan wilderness . . . where he demands $2.6 billion in ransom to give up possession of it peacefully.  The only ones in position to intervene for the U.S. are Flynn and his group of oddballs, who face overwhelming odds . . . and a traitor in their midst as the novel rockets towards its stunning, unexpected and startling conclusion.  With electrifying tension and non-stop action, Brown delivers one of his best techno-military thrillers ever, and leaves us all looking forward to the next installment of the Nick Flynn series!


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