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- DescriptionA Story of Modern War... In the aftermath of America's wars in the Middle East, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is scrambling for the means to defend itself. Their efforts to acquire nuclear materials are thwarted by the UN, and their income is constricted by sanctions on Iran's vast oil supplies. Seeking allies and trade partners they turn to the Russians and the Chinese. What they get is an international cabal of organized crime led by a man kwn only as Ranvich. Taking advantage of the corruption and Islamic radicalism of the Iranian government, Ranvich assumes effective control of the country. Using a network of military and industrial contacts, he builds a massive secret army and prepares to trigger the final war for control of the Middle East. An overworked CIA operative named Robert Cann tries to warn the United States and head off the crisis, but it is already too late. On the other side of the world, Top Gun fighter pilot and former Navy SEAL Karl Sharkey Roche is deployed with the US Navy's most powerful aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, to confront the escalating threat. He is second-in-command of a new squadron flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter jet. He leaves behind his new girlfriend and returns to ather battle in a part of the world where he was nearly killed when he was in the SEALs. A chain reaction of shocking events pulls Iran, Iraq, Israel, China, Russia and finally the United States to the brink of a new world war. Casualties mount on all sides and America faces a nightmare scenario: a major war that threatens to go nuclear; a war they cant finish quickly eugh and absolutely cant afford to lose. After Karl Roche leads a daring rescue to bring him out of the country, Cann presents the only way out. The command bunker, from which Ranvich and Iran's leaders are orchestrating Armageddon, must be destroyed. The Bunker, however, is buried a thousand feet below a mountain. Desperate w, the Pentagon draws upon a Cold-War-era contingency plan calling for a supersonic fighter-bomber to punch a nuclear bomb into the bunker shaft by diving from maximum altitude and releasing the weapon at top speed. The dangerous maneuver demands the best attack plane in the world - the US Navy Super Hornet - and the best pilot, which happens to be Karl Roche. He has already won his nation's gratitude in harrowing combat in the air and on the ground. Now he must take on one final mission, leading the Reagan's entire air wing in a massive coordinated strike, and either end the war or die trying.
- Author BiographyGreg was born in Santa Ana, California in 1985. He developed an interest in the military at a young age, particularly with military aviation, likely spawned from watching the Blue Angels perform at a local air show. He spent much of his childhood assembling increasingly realistic airplanes and helicopters from his expansive collection of Lego bricks. He eventually arranged battles between opposing air forces, creating back-stories and plots in his head that he eventually had to write down to keep them all straight. This sparked two passions which he hopes will define his future career: designing and testing military aircraft and weapons systems, and writing military and espionage action/adventure fiction. He read novels by Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, Dale Brown and Michael Crichton, and developed his own writing style to imitate elements from each of his favorite authors. MacLean's deep, relatable characters; Cussler's globe-trotting adventure spirit and heroic protagonists; Clancy's attention to detail and unflinching approach to backroom political scenes; Brown's ripped-from-tomorrow's-headlines storylines and near-future look at military hardware; Crichton's intensely-paced plots and depth of research. He has also read countless books on military history, Middle East history, American history, current events, aircraft design and development, and reference guides on everything from handguns to Soviet experimental aircraft. Greg applied to several different engineering schools and applied to the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs to help pay for his tuition, but in 2004 he accepted a full-tuition scholarship offer from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. During his freshman year there he started writing his first book: Nuclear Hornet. In addition to his core Mechanical Engineering courses, he took several humanities courses on topics ranging from the History of the Middle East to Literature of Mass Violence to the History of Materialism. On his way to graduating in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering he spent three terms totaling one year as a co-op intern for several different companies, including a summer as a test engineer for the US Navy. Greg now lives in Orange, CA. He continues his career as a test engineer and is also a part-time associate with a financial planning company. He volunteers as a senior docent for a local air museum, and continues to develop his writing.
- Author(s)Head of Unit (Nottingham/Newcastle) Greg Hodgson
- PublisherGregory Hodgson / Sander Enterprises
- Date of Publication16/09/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectWar Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGregory Hodgson / Sander Enterprises
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight857 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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