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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080544954X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805449549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A madman has his finger on the nuclear button. The world turns a blind eye.

Taken from what could be tomorrow’s headlines, Kiloton Threat is a novel exploring the real potential of nuclear weapons in the Middle East today.

Out of the house churches of rural Iran, a Christian masquerading as a Muslim gains the confidence of a high-ranking leader in the Iranian nuclear program and opens his eyes to Christianity. The man’s newfound faith stirs his desire to flee to the West, taking with him intelligence that would allow Coalition forces to neutralize his nation’s devastating capabilities. But no one in such a position could ever escape unnoticed.

Enter Blake Kershaw, a highly trained U.S. Special Forces officer who has already made extraordinary sacrifices for his country that include faking death and losing his true identity. His mission to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector strains the relationship with the woman he loves—one of the few people on Earth who knows his real story. And with even more intensity, his quest shows the price that must sometimes be paid when political correctness fails and a man has to stand up for what is right.

“Hair-raising . . . fascinating . . . a vivid portrayal of spy work and the inner workings of a terror cell.”
—Publishers Weekly (reviewing Boykin and Morrisey’s first novel, Danger Close)

LTG (Ret) William G. “Jerry” Boykin spent thirty-six years in the United States Army and was an original member of Delta Force, the world’s premier Special Operations unit. His life reads like an action-adventure film; Boykin helped capture Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, hunted notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, and has served in Vietnam, Iran, Mogadishu, Iraq, and Afghanistan, not to mention a tour with the CIA. Today he is an ordained minister.

Tom Morrisey is a renowned adventure/travel writer and the author of two Christy Award-nominated novels.

About the Author

LTG (Ret.) William G. "Jerry" Boykin spent thirty-six years in the United States Army, many of them as an original member of Delta Force, the world’s premier Special Operations unit. His life reads like an action-adventure film; Boykin helped capture Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, hunted notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, and has served in Vietnam, Iran, Mogadishu, Iraq, and Afghanistan, not to mention a tour with the CIA. Today he is an ordained minister who is passionate about encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s kindgom.

Tom Morrisey is a renowned adventure/travel writer and one of the most powerful wordsmiths in Christian fiction today. Also a rock climbing and backcountry ski instructor and certified cave diver, he is editor-at-large for Sport Diver magazine and author of two Christy Award-nominated novels.


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Customer Reviews

Fast moving, action book, well written.
Charles J. Schwidde
I always love those surprises that make the last hundred pages of the book impossible to put down.
Katie Garvin
I am a huge fan of Tom Morrisey, co-author of this novel.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on September 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Military suspense recently became a favorite of mine, so when I was given Kiloton Threat to review, I jumped at the chance. Written by William Boykin and Tom Morrisey, it's the next adventure for Blake Kershaw (first adventures with Blake and Alia can be read in Danger Close). Fans of Blake will enjoy another suspenseful adventure when Blake must sneak into Iran and extract Colonel Nassiri, a defector with valuable information on the Iranian nuclear program.

I found it really refreshing, and a neat point of view, that Blake was a firm believer. Even though he went on covert missions that meant he would doubtless have to kill, he still kept his faith in God, and what he did. Alia was also an interesting character. Her love and devotion to Blake was obvious. I think you get to know her more in the previous book, Danger Close, as in this one she took more of a back seat.

The intricate detail for the plot was really well thought out. A few times I felt a bit bogged down with all the details, but I never stopped reading. The writing style was a bit different than what I enjoy, and during the "down" scenes--when I wasn't holding my breath to see what would happen next--I found myself stumbling over it a bit. But maybe that's just me.

There were a few scenes that keep me from recommending the book to younger readers. Though adults won't have a problem with it, I don't think. "H*ll" and "Oh my g**" are each used once. There are quite a few comments/scenes I thought kind of crude, but maybe because I'm a girl (lol). A woman is torture and, as part of that, left naked for much of the time while tied to a chair. Not much detail is given as to her torture.

Kiloton Threat is an exciting adventure that kept me guessing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By x5oh on September 17, 2011
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The first adage of writing is "write what you know." When I see an author's fiction is related to his profession I take note. Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin is the real deal, an American hero who spent thrity-six years in the Army and was a founding member of the elite Delta Force. His expertise doesn't come from a weekend ride-along. I thoroughly enjoyed KILOTRON THREAT. I read it on a cross-country flight. It was the perfect airplane read; fast moving and informative. I'm looking forward to more Blake Kershaw adventures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on September 26, 2011
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This book is a well-written, action-packed novel of the real life Iranian nuclear threat. The reader is held in suspense as a plausible military plot unfolds between Iran, Israel, the United States and Russia.

The uniqueness of this book lies in the authors. LTG William Boykin spent years as an original member of the United States Army's Delta Force, the world's premier Special Operations Unit. It is evident this book is written by someone in the know. The details of special ops form the backdrop of this story. Co-author, Tom Morrissey, is a renowned adventure/travel writer who finds just the right words to make this novel seem like reality. The authors' vivid descriptions pull the reader into the moment.

The reader catches a glimpse into a house church in Iran, the life of a high-ranking leader in the Iranian nuclear program, the details involved in planning a covert operation, the intense moment when one meets the enemy eye to eye, and the incredible price paid by an individual for his country and his morals.

As I read, I pictured the scenes played out on a movie screen. The story has all the ingredients of a suspense-filled movie. It's not just a good read or would make a good movie, but it is realistic in that parts of the story are already playing out in current news events, months after the book was written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Dobyns on June 1, 2013
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Excitement just kept mounting, and as a reader I was not disappointed. "Kiloton Threat: A Novel" was a military action adventure. The bad guys were Iranians, who wanted to fire missiles at Israel, which would cause WW III. The build up along the way involved many twists, and our hero was not James Bond. Blake was our hero's name, an American with Special Forces who performed covert operations and saved many people from death and mayhem.
I gave the book five stars because it kept me on the edge of my seat and chewing my nails. The writers moved the story along with feats that took lots of courage, and made for thrilling action scenes which were easy to imagine.
I also liked that several countries were involved to overcome an evil plot. The book was clean of foul language and included many Christian and Jewish people working on the same team. All the characters were believable. I believe I would let my young teens read the book. It's definitely a clean book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on September 22, 2011
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I'm thankful to have received a review copy of this action-adventure drama story I couldn't put down. I appreciated the fact that these authors took sometime in explaining what the Twelfth Imam, AKA "Mahdi" is and why I should know about it in the first place. These authors didn't bog the reader down with technological information but used laymen's terms to get their message across. It was easy to explore along with the characters in the story the possibility of how WWIII could start in the Middle East and get the attention of the whole world.

My favorite character was Blake Kershaw, a highly skilled U.S. Special Forces Officer. His new mission is to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector. This mission puts a huge strain on his relationship with Ali, his fiancé.

Ali, is the one person on earth he can be himself with. He doesn't have to hide anything from. He says this to Ali, "You know I am not going to walk away from this kind of thing. We're talking the fate of a nation here. Not our nation, but that doesn't matter. We're going to need more than my help to do this. We're going to need God's help. Together we will pull this off."

Blake knew this much, "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." That's how he did his job.

I envisioned Blake to be several different leading men rolled into one! Blake had the heart of a Godly Warrior, like David in the bible. He had the determination and strength to carry out any mission, no matter the personal risk. In a pinch when Plan "A" wasn't working out the way everyone thought it would and/or when regular supplies weren't available for Blake to use (like they were supposed to be-Grin!
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