Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1)

Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1)

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Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to one of the world's largest energy companies is obliterated by a "backpack" nuclear device—the first of many planned global attacks against corporations and government organizations accused of plundering the world's natural resources. A horrific act of war has been perpetrated against the U.S. and her interests

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Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to one of the world's largest energy companies is obliterated by a "backpack" nuclear device—the first of many planned global attacks against corporations and government organizations accused of plundering the world's natural resources. A horrific act of war has been perpetrated against the U.S. and her interests—and Major Jason Richter and his top-secret, high-tech Task Force TALON are dispatched to pursue, engage, and destroy this virulent new strain of terrorism. Yet Richter's plan of swift, brutal, and unconventional action is threatened by an enemy buried deep in the highest level of government—a mole whose blind desire for personal vengeance could doom Richter and his team . . . and America.

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Army engineer Jason Richter is the new hero of intelligence-focused warfare as he mercilessly hunts down a new breed of terrorists. Simultaneous Morrow hardcover. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060756437
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Jason Richter Series , #1
Edition description:
Abridged
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.79(d)

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Act of War

A Novel
By Dale Brown

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Dale Brown
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060752998

Chapter One

The White House, Washington, D.C.
That same time

The President's National Security Adviser, Robert Hall Chamberlain, strode into the White House Situation Room ahead of a wall of military officers, civilian advisers and analysts, and Secret Service agents. They had to scramble to stay out of Chamberlain's way as he quickly entered the room and took his seat, not at the center of the oblong table but just to the right of the seat apparently reserved for the President of the United States. A former oil executive with TransGlobal Energy, an expert and adviser in foreign affairs and commerce, a wealthy political supporter and friend of the President and many other world leaders, Chamberlain had been described as having the geopolitical savvy of Henry Kissinger, the military affairs expertise of Condoleezza Rice, the wealth of Bill Gates, the charisma of Colin Powell ... and the ruthlessness of Saddam Hussein.

"All right, let's get started," Chamberlain said brusquely. He was of average height and size, but he made up for his lack of physical stature by his high degree of energy -- it always seemed as if he had someplace else he had to be; and in this current emergency situation, he was moving twice as fast. "Just to bring you all up to speed: the President, Vice President, most of the Cabinet, and the congressional leadership have been evacuated. The President, his chief of staff, SECDEF, SECSTATE, CJCS, and the congressional leadership went aboard Air Force One; the VP, Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and a few other senior Cabinet officials went aboard a C-37B, the Vice President's transport; the congressional leadership are in alternate secure locations throughout the East Coast. All are safely away and secure, and it is our opinion that the continuity of government has been assured to the best of our ability. As you all know, the President has already made one radio broadcast from Air Force One and plans on making another in a few hours. Except in southern Texas, the nation seems to be as calm as can be expected after a horrifying attack like this."

Chamberlain then turned to the woman beside him to his right, putting a hand on her shoulder. "Before we begin, I want to extend my personal condolences to Secretary of Homeland Security Calhoun, whom I understand lost some family members in Kingman City. It is truly a devastating loss, and I for one intend to see it avenged and the guilty persons destroyed. I thank her for staying here in Washington to oversee the defense and security of the United States. I'll postpone her briefing for a few ... "

"No ... no, I'm ready, Mr. Chamberlain," Calhoun said, wiping her eyes. She took a deep breath but kept her eyes on the table. Donna Calhoun was tall and statuesque but fragile-looking in her current emotional state. "Let me begin with a short synopsis: the attack occurred approximately three hours and twenty minutes ago, at three-thirty p.m. Central Time. We have no details of the incident itself yet, only the aftermath. The destruction, the death toll, is ... is immense. Approximately three square miles has been destroyed or dam ... damaged." She had to choke back a wimper, trying like hell to replace her sorrow with anger. "Estimated casualties are in the ... thous ..." This time she couldn't hold back the tears no matter how hard she tried.

"That's okay for now, Donna," Chamberlain said. He waited a few moments until her weeping subsided, then turned with a stony expression to the three-star general across from him. "General Hanratty?"

Lieutenant General Colin Hanratty was deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, the unified military command responsible for the defense of the fifty states; the commander of NORTHCOM was also triple-hatted as the commander of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the joint U.S.-Canada military alliance defending the entire North American continent; and also commander of U.S. Space Command, in charge of all of America's satellites and space boosters. "The commander of NORTHCOM, General Joelson, is at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex and is on duty with the senior duty controller monitoring the global military status and assessing North America's defense readiness. Although we are in constant communications with the Mountain, at the present time it is sealed up and ready to cut itself off from all outside communications and utilities at a moment's notice."

One of the wide-screen monitors on the wall showed a map of the world, with several annotations across mostly green shading. "The map shows the global defense status as of the latest observations, none of which a re more than two hours' old," Ha nratty said. "Our strategic adversaries are at normal defense configurations and we have observed no unusual strategic weapon movements. All of our detection, warning, intelligence, navigation, communications, and surveillance spacecraft are operating normally. Consequently, at this time Northern Command believes that this incident was a singular act of terrorism and not a coordinated attack or prelude to any sort of military action against the United States.

"As the lead military organization in the defense of the homeland, NORTHCOM was asked by the FBI to do some initial analysis of the explosion itself," Hanratty went on. "We estimate it was a point seven-five kiloton thermonuclear blast -- a so-called 'backpack nuke,' actually about the size of a very large suitcase, with approximately ten kilos of fissile material, comparable to a Soviet-era one-hundred-and-thirty-millimeter tactical nuclear artillery shell. The double-pulse characteristic of a small but potent thermonuclear blast was detected from space by our thermal and nuclear detectors."

"Are you saying the weapon was Russian, General?" Chamberlain asked pointedly.

"I have no information on its origin, Mr. Chamberlain. I was just making a comparison. But I've read lots of reports of former Soviet military weapons on the black market, including weapons of mass destruction, and since I've never heard of a Western WMD up for sale I can only assume it was Russian."

Continues...


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Dale Brown is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, starting with Flight of the Old Dog in 1987. A former U.S. Air Force captain, he often flies his own plane over the skies of the United States.

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Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Jessica Creed More than 1 year ago
Action is good. Love the cids! Definitely not mclanahan but very enjoyable. Would like more on the miltary tactics and firefights. My biggest complaint, how many languages do i need to know to keep from skipping pages? Russian? Spanish? I am addicted to tech stuff and blowing stuff up and all that so how about a little more of that. Richter is cool, kinda. Last request, tone down the sex scenes, save them for the movie, reading about the south american gamma agent boning his pygmy indian wife while she breastfed their baby was a little ummm, eww.
LLSCA More than 1 year ago
Wish Barnes Noble would clearly ID the books sequence as published for all series, please!
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Dale Brown make you feel like you are included in the story. He does a lot of work before he sit down a writes a book.
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Quite a bit of action. Not bad but slipping from original series.
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Heri Larios More than 1 year ago
The book manages to combine all the things I like in a story: action, comedy, life-like situations, terror (terrorist terror), and romance. THIS BOOK HAS BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!
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This is an entertaining read but it is not Dale Brown's best book. I would like to see a connection to the Dreamland group he so often writes about so that the two special units are more integrated in saving the world.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrorists strike an America oil refinery with a small nuclear bomb. In steps Major Jason Richter, Army nerd extraordinaire, with his super CID exoskeleton. The hero of the hour saves a busload of kids, along with a beautiful reporter, and promptly gets placed on the newest war-on-terror team. The team starts to tackle the terrorist group responsible, but the team seems to be set up for failure with conflicting personalities and egos. The battles rage on around the globe, as Major Richter tries to pull the team together, find the mastermind behind the plots, and save his country from another disastrous attack. Techno, yes thriller, no. This book started out with promise and I really wanted to like it. But after the introduction of the major characters and gadgets, it quickly becomes cliched and predictable. The nifty new weapons systems would play much better with believable characters and a realistic plot. The pacing is fast, but the many twists and turns feel forced. Dale Brown is perfectly capable of writing exciting techno-thriller books with good characters ¿ but this is not one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found 'Act of War' by Dale Brown to be a very disappointing read. Generally, when I begin a book I will stick it out and finish it. This was the first book, in some time, that I almost gave up on before I finished one quarter of the novel. What was most glaring to me was the improbable traits of the leading character Jason Richter. Here we have an adolescent major (24 years old if my memory serves me correctly) in the army whose behavior would get anybody in the 'real life' service court martialed quickly. In addition, the plot was highly dubious as well. In short, it was very, very difficult to develop any degree of comfort with the premise of this novel. I am an avid reader and enjoy the works of many different authors particularly with respect to mysteries and thrillers. This has been the worst novel I have encountered in the past two years.