The Last Phoenix

By Richard Herman

A real grasp of the action-packed geopolitical mystery, Richard Herman places the United States in the midst of a two-front warfare the place good fortune is much from certain.

The final PhoenixIt is the start of a brand new century and Maddy Turner, the 1st girl to occupy the White condo, is set to develop into a wartime president. The struggle on terrorism has been too profitable; the unconventional Islamic states have devised an excellent, unthinkable method and located a brand new best friend in a surging China. They recognize the associated fee should be excessive, however the prize is keep an eye on of the tremendous heart jap oil reserves and the strategic Strait of Malacca. by way of operating in live performance the place timing is important, they intend to create a brand new axis of worldwide strength via ensnaring the president's defense force in a devastating double-pronged clash -- a conflict the yank army can not win.

Fueled through the failure of her intelligence firms to foresee the unforeseen, President Turner needs to react to an international main issue of world-altering proportions, as nightmarish scenes of brutal clash and terrorism are performed out part an international away. it is going to take braveness, amazing crafty, stealth, good fortune, and doubtless insufferable sacrifice to prevent Armageddon, as she techniques what is going to both be her best hour or her such a lot tragic mistake. yet operating less than the radarscopes of Turner's antagonists is an historical warrior on a quest of vengeance within the jungles of Malaysia. Victor Kamigami, a legend on this planet of specific operations, is a wild card nobody understands is in play.

Fighting for reelection opposed to a political enemy as unprincipled and decided as her foes at the battlefield, Turner needs to flip to the fellow she trusts peculiarly others, possibly the single one she can belief within the brutal snake pit of Beltway politics: Brigadier normal Matt Pontowski -- himself the grandson of a president -- an excellent flier and armed forces tactician, and an intimate confidant of the main robust girl in the world. The project she needs to entrust him with is daring and notable -- and in all likelihood suicidal -- a bold incursion into the Malaysian jungle, the place a small strength of made up our minds warriors needs to carry off a fearsome, overwhelming aggressor lengthy adequate for one more conflict to be received. the dangers are astronomical, the opportunity of good fortune narrow. however the substitute is unthinkable. And it's the in basic terms street the US has left.

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Twenty plane. what number will I lose earlier than this can be over? yet for each airplane misplaced, there has been a human fee. what number pilots? simply because he was once part wakeful and his psychological defenses down, the terror buried deep in his unconscious burst loose. what number? the entire numbers have been there, beating at him. Maggot and his 30 pilots. the executive of upkeep together with his 309 wrench benders and gun plumbers who saved the plane flying and armed. Clark and her help team of 108 body of workers who made the bottom paintings. Rockne together with his 102 police officers, such a lot of them too younger and green. document Ryan together with his eight medics. The quantity 562 beat at him. however it used to be greater than a bunch. It was once 562 faces—each one a residing, brilliant person. what number will I lose? None at the present time, he promised himself. Slowly he compelled the numbers again into the shadows, promising to house them later. yet he had forgotten to incorporate himself within the grand overall. “Am I the one individual getting any sleep round the following? ” he requested. the reply used to be an visible sure. He sat down on the console. “General Butler is at the safe line,” Clark advised him. Pontowski punched on the visual display unit button in order that they may all listen. “Pontowski the following. move forward, Bernie. ” The voice was once tinny and crackly, the results of scrambling, a multisatellite relay, and unscrambling. A moderate hold up was once visible, however it was once no longer too distracting. “The shit has hit the diplomatic fan,” Butler stated. “Some human-rights staff we’ve by no means heard of is claiming you used a mystery terror weapon at Kuala Lumpur. ” “We introduced 3 Mavericks,” Pontowski spoke back, “expended 400 fifty-eight rounds of thirty-millimeter ammo, and dropped six canisters of CBU-58. ” He waited. “Can you verify that? ” “We be aware of what we uploaded and what the jets recovered with. the maths is lovely easy. ” “Did you determine your BDA? ” Butler requested. BDA was once bomb-damage evaluation, which was once regularly arguable. “Come on, Bernie. you understand how it really works with an unknown chance. The jocks have been too busy getting the hell out of sidestep. The flight lead, Lieutenant Colonel George Walderman, did a short visible as he pulled off. He thinks they obtained 4 tanks, yet didn’t loiter around to take a look at the BDA from the CBU. ” there has been a quick holiday because the method did its magic. “Apparently CBU is now a fear weapon. ” “It’s the shotgun method of bombing,” Pontowski informed him. “It chews up tender goals whatever fierce, and it’s relatively impressive if you’re at the receiving finish. ” back the pause. “I’ll inform Wilding and short the president. ” “We’re all loaded out for the morning and ready on an ATO,” Pontowski instructed him. a quick holiday. “Don’t release with out an ATO. it would be top in the event you downloaded any CBU. ” “What the hell’s occurring there, Bernie? CBU’s rattling sturdy area-denial ordnance. It beats the hell out of napalm, which was once squirrelly to convey and basically made for strong television assurance. this can be no time to begin enjoying politics. ” He drummed the console along with his palms, looking ahead to a answer. one other voice got here at the line. “Kennett the following. The movies we’re seeing are very grotesque.

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