A small nation that bolsters the terrorist cause is flexing its military muscle in a far corner of the world. On a mission to the now-volatile Mediterranean, F/A-18 pilot Lieutenant Ed Stovic shoots down an Algerian MiG at the climax of a dramatic, high-stakes dogfight and becomes an overnight hero in the eyes of his countrymen - and the target of a zealot's revenge. Suddenly Stovic and his loved ones have been marked for death by an enraged avenger, a pawn of powerful Islamic extremists with devastating plans for America.
But there is another player in the shadows, unseen by the hunters and the hunted alike. A specialist who moves covertly through the most secret branches of the government, a lethal tool of an ambitious NSA Director who will stop at nothing to attain the power she covets. Kent "Rat" Rathman must now devise a brilliant counterstrike, to save a friend and his country.
©2002 James W. Huston (P)2010 Blackstone Audiobooks
“Huston revisits Washington, D.C., with a new hero in tow. Ken (Rat) Rathman gets involved in international intrigue when his old roommate's fighter plane is challenged by Algerian aircraft." (Library Journal)
“Huston's latest military-techno thriller….introduces super-hero Kent Rathman, aka Rat, a versatile Navy SEAL doing undercover spook work for the CIA and the National Security Council…[amid] car chases, shoot outs, jet plane dogfights, secret terrorist plots and Washington, D.C., conspiracies.” (Publishers Weekly)
“James Huston is easily the hottest new writer of military thrillers to come around in quite a while….Consistently entertaining….Firmly set in the current war on terrorism….[It] will leave readers more than satisfied—not to mention a bit breathless.” (Flint Journal)
Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!
As ususal huston does a good job with the aerospace type tech thriller. SOME of the characters are a bit unbelievable but good overall. Love the idea of givin it to all them islamic terrorists. Sort of like the fun you get during a 24 episode when jack bauer does some good torture. Unbelievable sequence near the ending climax. Having been a Marine sniper I know thats possible, probable and IMPOSSIBLE, and I don't mean lucky, but impossible. Knowing how the blue angels pick their aviators, at least in general, unlikely this guy would have been picked. Also, they are a VERY tight group and I suspect would be resentful of the enourmous outside interference they get. But over all, a great listen I would reccomend to the military/terrorist thriller crowd.
A good listen if you enjoy Huston books. It was not as exciting as most of his but was well worth the listen.
I am a huge Huston fan, in fact I think Marine One was one of the best books I've ever listened too. This was not his best effort. Slow and predictable.
The most interesting apsect was the insight into naval aviators and the Blue Angels. The least was the lack of any action.
I know its hard for a male to do female voices but this guy was the worst. I lost track of characters because all of the bad guys had tough, gravelly voices and the good guys all sounded the same.
I think Huston is the best when he mixes the law, the military and business in his novels. This was for me just didnt cut it.
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