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Hunter ( The Spanish Gambit ) has written a smoothly believable race-against-time thriller with frightening plausibility. Unidentified military terrorists kidnap welder Jack Hummel from his Maryland home and direct him to cut through a block of titanium to reach a launch key in the South Mountain MX missile site. The president decides to send in the crack Delta assault team, but the man best suited to command them is Col. Dick Puller, who was discredited and disgraced in Iran in 1979. Puller, in turn, must work with the only man who knows the missile silo, its designer, Prof. Peter Thiokol. The leader of "Aggressor-One" is discovered to be Russian Military Intelligence chief Arkady Pashin: he is charismatic, reactionary and messianically determined to launch the single MX that will trigger a massive Soviet reply. Part of the fast-moving plot revolves around two abandoned coalmine tunnels, a stupid Russian spy and Thiokol's estranged wife, who unwittingly gave the Russians the plans for South Mountain. The 7 a.m.-to-midnight action flashes cinematically on Delta Force, the crack Russian Spetsnaz troops and various civilians. The book is fun, even if the finale is too drawn-out and a bit preachy: " . . . the regular people, the Rest of US" will save us. 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad budget.
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Bestselling author Stephen Hunter is a staff writer and film critic for The Washington Post and winner of The American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism (1998), as well as the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. He has written many novels, including Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and The Day Before Midnight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Complex plot with compelling characters. Well-written, suspenseful I couldn't put it down. Hunter is a fine writer and this one of his best.Published 4 hours ago by Dr. Forrest W. Davis
Another great read from one of my favorite authors, Stephen Hunter. May not be a very plausible storyline, but still well worth reading.Published 18 days ago by Richard Brennan
Not up to thor's standards. Wanted to get it done rather than enjoy.Published 22 days ago by Alan Cochran
Stephen Hunter weaves a very good tale, as always. Exciting, hard to put down thriller. Hope it remains fiction. Read and enjoy.Published 1 month ago by Mark D. Gately
Excellent Hunter novel... a bit different than his other Bob Lee Swagger books but a real page turner...Published 2 months ago by Robert Gamble
This is an old school Stephen Hunter thriller that grabs you from the opening pages and takes you on a frenetic race that never lets up until it reaches a tense, dramatic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dch822