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The US has launched secret weapons of mass destruction on other countries. And awaits what might be cataclysmic retaliation…
China is devastated by an 8.0M earthquake that leaves 70,000 people dead with hundreds of thousands injured and untold property destroyed. The Chinese government soon learns that it was no natural disaster, but rather an orchestrated attack by the American government using their High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) weapon. China ceases foreign relations with America and creates their own version of the weapon in retaliation. They plan to attack the US by sending a submarine with mini nuke mines to create a massive rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
But what neither China nor the US knows is that the attack on China was an unauthorized assault perpetrated by a US Navy Vice Admiral. Because of his arrogance and pride, more innocent people may have to pay with their lives.
One of the many coastal towns in peril is Dolphin Beach, Oregon. The new mayor, Willa McBride, tries to protect her townspeople while her sister, the Senator Elizabeth Bechtel, tries to uncover who engineered the attack on China. What is unclear is whether the Senator’s goal is aimed toward the greater good or for her own political gain.
To protect the US coast, the government sends out the submarine USS Massachusetts to locate and destroy the Chinese sub. Now it seems the only protection for the American coast is one US submarine and its heroic crew against a truly catastrophic event…
This book was well written and on par with Tom Clancy. As a matter of fact, if you like Tom Clancy, you’ll enjoy this book. There’s enough technical data and thought behind everything to keep the more well-informed thinkers out there happy, while it wasn’t so overloaded it would keep a more relaxed reader away. I would liken this book to a roller coaster ride. The excitement at the very beginning when you strap in to begin and then the climb to the top. During the climb, you get to meet all of the players and become invested in their lives and what’s going on with them. You begin to feel for them because you know what’s going to happen. Then, at the halfway point, hang on! You’re not going to want to put the book down.
The author did a great job moving through the five different viewpoints that are represented in this book. He keeps you interested in what’s going on and how it’s going to affect everyone involved. The idea that the US government could possibly pull this off, and with such a massive retaliation from China, is realistic. We already believe the government is too big and can’t keep track of itself and what one lone person might be able to do if he or she wields too much power with an object such as the HAARP.
My biggest complaint about this book is the ending. It could have ended sooner than it did. Outside of that, I enjoyed every minute of reading it and even cried a bit at the end. I don’t do that often, so excellent job, DF Capps. This is definitely an author to keep an eye on in the future.