Fire Arrow

Fire Arrow

by Franklin Allen Leib
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There has been a lot of publicity for this high-tech military thriller in the tradition of Tom Clancyrejected by several New York houses, then bought by a military publisher in California, with large paperback and BOMC sales to followand those who like this sort of book will probably buy it in sufficient quantities to justify these high expectations. It is a routine sort of plot, involving a planeload of U.S. military dependents hijacked by terrorists to a Libyan air base. A complex rescue operation involving every conceivable arm of the U.S. military is then mounted, there are complications involving the Russians, there is a spectacular climactic shoot-out, and World War III is only narrowly averted. This all comes at the reader in endless snippets, always with military time tags attached and enough technical know-how about equipment, tanks, weapons and firepower to fill a military training manual. There are also maps of the battles and strategic plans. Such books are more like war games for small boys than novels: characters are cutouts (the sex, not so suitable for small boys, is provided by a nubile Israeli army captain), the prevailing atmosphere is one of hearty male camaraderie, the top-level people in both Washington and Moscow are not to be trusted, and it's obvious that if all these military types could only fight it out together, cleanly (i.e., no politicians), the world would be a much better place. Emptier, certainly. 100,000 first printing; $600,000 paperback sale to Fawcett; BOMC featured selection. (September)
Library Journal - Library Journal
When a planeload of American servicemen and dependents is taken hostage and held in Libya, Navy SEALs devise a waterborne rescuebut not before the terrorists begin to execute the hostages. Meanwhile, the resident Russian ``advisers'' at the airbase stage countermoves that could inflame the incident to the point of World War III. In this complex tale of conventional warfare in our nuclear age, Leib pours on the heavy artillery of precise technical description; the acronyms and military lingo are dense enough to entertain the most ardent fans of military realism. But Leib also demonstrates a light touch, bringing out the human relationships that motivate fear, love, and sizzling lust in his characters. Fans of techno-terror will want to read more from this newcomer to the genre. BOMC featured selection. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress

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ISBN-13:
9780804105453
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1989
Pages:
352

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