The author of the best-selling sub-chaser, The Hunt for Red
October, launches a bigger confrontation: the USSR takes on NATO
for a deadly bout of conventional warfare. Islamic extremists
sabotage a major Siberian oil field, leaving the Soviet Union faced
with years of fuel shortages. The hawkish Minister of Defense
convinces the Politburo to take desperate action: Soviet forces
will first neutralize NATO, then invade the Persian Gulf and seize
control of its oil. To buy time for the troops to prepare, the
Russians make a major arms-control initiative. But Bob Toland, an
analyst for the National Security Agency, notices and reports
unusual activity. Soon forces everywhere are on full alert. Teams
of elite Red Army troops attack selected West German targets and a
shooting war is on. A US base in Keflavik, Iceland, is shocked by a
Soviet air and sea assault. The valuable post is lost, but not
before a canny Air Force weatherman, Mike Edwards, and a small band
of men escape and head for the barren Icelandic outback, where they
radio reports of Soviet activity to satellite intelligence. The
capture of Iceland not only cuts down on effective defense against
subs, it also gives the Russians a handy launching spot for air
raids on the convoys that are bringing supplies and soldiers across
the Atlantic to Europe. Edward Morris, commander of the U.S.S.
Pharris, defends the convoys and tracks shadowy subs until his ship
is crippled. In Germany, tank battalions attack and counterattack.
Skipper Dan McCafferty leads a pack of US subs deep into the
Barents Sea, where they let loose a volley of missiles that hit
bases within the Soviet Union itself. Finally, the Soviets, hard
pressed, contemplate a "limited" nuclear attack, but several sane
men manage to propel the crisis to a negotiated happy end. Clancy
populates both armies with intelligent and likable men, arms them
with astonishingly powerful weapons (for some, the virtuosity of
these high-tech arms will be the book's greatest appeal), and
succeeds in keeping the action crisp, absorbing The breadth of
activity precludes the neat structure of suspense that distinguised
Red October. But, still, an informative, readable, sometimes
dazzling speculation on superpower war. (Kirkus Reviews)
The superpowers hurtle towards global conflict, in this chillingly authentic vision of modern warfare from the world's #1 thriller writer.
The Muslim terrorists who destroyed the Soviet Union's largest petro-chemical plant thought they were striking a blow for freedom. What they had done, unknowingly, was fire the first shots in World War III.
Desperately short of oil, the Kremlin hawks see only one way of solving their problem: seize supplies in the Persian Gulf. To do that, they must first neutralize NATO's forces and eliminate their response – and so they develop Red Storm, a dazzling master plan of diplomatic subterfuge and intense re-armament.
The battle lines are drawn and Armageddon beckons…
"Packed with more nerve-shattering tension than anything in print today…gripping, audacious, brilliant storytelling at its very best."
"Frighteningly realistic…I dare you to read one chapter and put it down."
NEW YORK NEWSDAY
"Graphic, exciting…horribly convincing."
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