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Hunter ( The Spanish Gambit ) has written a smoothly believable race-against-time thriller with frightening plausibility. Unidentified military terrorists kidnap welder Jack Hummel from his Maryland home and direct him to cut through a block of titanium to reach a launch key in the South Mountain MX missile site. The president decides to send in the crack Delta assault team, but the man best suited to command them is Col. Dick Puller, who was discredited and disgraced in Iran in 1979. Puller, in turn, must work ...
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Overview

Hunter ( The Spanish Gambit ) has written a smoothly believable race-against-time thriller with frightening plausibility. Unidentified military terrorists kidnap welder Jack Hummel from his Maryland home and direct him to cut through a block of titanium to reach a launch key in the South Mountain MX missile site. The president decides to send in the crack Delta assault team, but the man best suited to command them is Col. Dick Puller, who was discredited and disgraced in Iran in 1979. Puller, in turn, must work with the only man who knows the missile silo, its designer, Prof. Peter Thiokol. The leader of "Aggressor-One" is discovered to be Russian Military Intelligence chief Arkady Pashin: he is charismatic, reactionary and messianically determined to launch the single MX that will trigger a massive Soviet reply.
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Hunter ( The Spanish Gambit ) has written a smoothly believable race-against-time thriller with frightening plausibility. Unidentified military terrorists kidnap welder Jack Hummel from his Maryland home and direct him to cut through a block of titanium to reach a launch key in the South Mountain MX missile site. The president decides to send in the crack Delta assault team, but the man best suited to command them is Col. Dick Puller, who was discredited and disgraced in Iran in 1979. Puller, in turn, must work with the only man who knows the missile silo, its designer, Prof. Peter Thiokol. The leader of ``Aggressor-One'' is discovered to be Russian Military Intelligence chief Arkady Pashin: he is charismatic, reactionary and messianically determined to launch the single MX that will trigger a massive Soviet reply. Part of the fast-moving plot revolves around two abandoned coalmine tunnels, a stupid Russian spy and Thiokol's estranged wife, who unwittingly gave the Russians the plans for South Mountain. The 7 a.m.-to-midnight action flashes cinematically on Delta Force, the crack Russian Spetsnaz troops and various civilians. The book is fun, even if the finale is too drawn-out and a bit preachy: `` . . . the regular people, the Rest of US'' will save us. 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad budget. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553282351
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 415
  • Sales rank: 570,740
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Stephen Hunter is a staff writer and film critic for The Washington Post and winner of The American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism (1998), as well as the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. He has written many novels, including Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and The Day Before Midnight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    Even better the 23rd time around.

    I've read this book 23 times and I swear it get's better every time I read it. Stephen Hunter is without a doubt one of the best military suspense writers of our time, or any time for that matter. I can't wait to read it again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    A masterpiece!

    Oh how I wish I could read faster, because I can't wait for the next page, but then again, the faster I read the sooner it's over!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    This Book Rocks!

    I read this book in about a 3 day period. I just couldn't put it down. Very vivid descriptions of battlefield tactics and weapons.(I love that kind of stuff) Great suspense and quite a bit of humor as well. Definately a 5 star book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2000

    5 stars are NOT enough for this book. 6 stars minimum

    An excellent face paced book. Very very believable, which in my opinion is very important to any story. Hunter stays focused on the story, and hardly ever strays away from the plot with unneeded details. You'll find yourself sweating at the end of the book. The tension the reader experiences at the climax is amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Terrible

    One of the worst reads ever. Nothing but killing for no reason

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Holds your attention. No dull moments here.

    Enjoyed it. Any suspense fan will love this. Only thing missing is Swagger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Author

    Postrd earlier. I meant Hunter not Coyle ad writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    No big deal

    From the start the book has the dynamics to read. Second half is much worse. From the facts point of view it is quite stupid. If all plans and blueprints related to nuclear weapons are so easily accessible as described in the book, then God save America. Do you really think that you could have them at home ? Time axis is a little bit strange. Describbed tactics is quite illogical. But the most stupid idea is the 1 kton nuclear bomb in the cellar of Soviet embassy in Washington. That is really a joke. And one fact for the author - Karlovy Vary, the biggest spa in Czech republic used to have the terrorist training school, most probably lead by KGB, but never ever was this place located on Black sea. The shortest distance between the spa city and Black sea equals moreless to the distance between New York and Miami. I hope Mr. Hunter could distinguish Czechia from Chechnya and Slovenia from Slovakia at least. They sound similar but they are not.

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