- Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Jove (February 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0515117927
- ISBN-13: 978-0515117929
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arc Light Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
In a scenario terrifyingly close to today's headlines, Harry's debut novel opens with a North Korean invasion of South Korea that leads, through a series of tragic errors and decisions, to a Russian nuclear attack on military bases in the U.S. Like techno-thriller master Tom Clancy, Harry offers a sprawling narrative that focuses on a small army of soldiers, politicians and their families, American and Russian. National Security Advisor Greg Lambert must keep and tell secrets that may lead to Armageddon; Reservist David Chandler must leave his pregnant wife in order to drive a tank; U.S. President Walter Livingston, eager for peace, must endure the ignominy of impeachment; Russian General Yuri Razov must deal with the consequences of his initial decision to launch nuclear missiles. Ground, air and submarine battles alternate with scenes of anarchy stateside as exhausted leaders are forced to make instant decisions that might snuff out humanity forever. With a masterful grasp of military strategy and geopolitics, Harry moves his characters through nightmares of blood and death; his intricately detailed scenes of nuclear devastation are particularly horrifying. Told through a series of rapid-fire climaxes, this novel, a political and military cautionary tale of considerable power and conviction, will keep readers riveted.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Counterforce or countervalue? 'Tis but the chance of war, nuclear style. In this silly scenario, Russia nukes China, China nukes Russia, Russia nukes America, America nukes Russia. In MAD parlance, a "counterforce exchange" has just been conducted, leaving valuable cities intact. Although it's as stale an idea as any in the Armageddon genre, debut author Harry manages the atomic war competently enough, whitening the knuckles of even hardened military techno-junkies. After the thrill of ICBM countdowns and the obliteration of each side's military targets, Harry switches gears to the political struggle inside (or rather underneath, in a bomb shelter) the Kremlin and within the U.S. government. The latter impeaches and convicts its president, who has futilely maintained that a few million deaths is enough war for one day; his hawkish successor then prosecutes the war by invading Russia. (At this point, pure equipment nuts get their pound of flesh: drive on Moscow in an M-1 tank, and make an amphibious landing in Siberia!) By the climax, as the Russian general threatens to fire his remaining bombs at America's remaining cities, only one thing remains certain: this tale of doom has been, as the author notes, thoroughly "wargamed"--and thus will thrill military-minded readers. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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