With tensions rising in postwar Europe, the Soviet Union closed the air corridors to Berlin, the former German capital, in a bid to starve the population into submission. The Western allies responded by mounting the largest air supply operation the world had ever seen, which would become known as the Berlin Airlift.
Step forward into the 1980s, with the Cold War at its height. A NATO reinforcement exercise held at a British airbase in West Germany brings British, American, and French fighter crews together to practice the air corridor policing mission. When a Pembroke transport aircraft engaged in a covert reconnaissance mission is intercepted by a MiG fighter and forced to land in East Germany, events escalate. Will the crew become a pawn in the relentless confrontation as the Soviets increase the rhetoric? Have Western military plans been compromised by the unexpected aggression?
Provocation is a fast-moving thriller that replays the tensions of the Cold War and its dark undertones. As with his other novels, David Gledhill takes you into the cockpit of the Phantom fighter jet to experience the action firsthand.