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There is duty. There is justice. The means to both are not always one and the same...

In the volatile waters of the Persian Gulf, America's might is spearheaded by the USS Carl Vinson. Under the steady command of Admiral Heater Robinson—a respected leader and unparalleled officer—the most powerful carrier battle group ever assembled is ordered to stand fast and not retaliate when sixty-seven U.S. sailors are slain in a brutal terrorist attack—the most recent of many. America's ...

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There is duty. There is justice. The means to both are not always one and the same...

In the volatile waters of the Persian Gulf, America's might is spearheaded by the USS Carl Vinson. Under the steady command of Admiral Heater Robinson—a respected leader and unparalleled officer—the most powerful carrier battle group ever assembled is ordered to stand fast and not retaliate when sixty-seven U.S. sailors are slain in a brutal terrorist attack—the most recent of many. America's official inaction is allowing a hostile government to get away with murder. But Heater Robinson has been pushed to the edge. And he plans to enact his own vengeance using the awesome weaponry entrusted to his care.

But one man's fury could start a chain reaction that will have devastating consequences across the globe. As a storm of terror descends upon an unprepared U.S., CIA operative and U.S. Navy SEAL Rick Holden faces a moral dilemma of his own. For the military elite in Washington has chosen Holden to halt the madness—by infiltrating Carl Vinson...and assassinating its commander, Admiral Heater Robinson.

Capt. George Galdorisi—active-duty U.S. Naval officer and acclaimed author of The Coronado Conspiracy—has written yet another spine-tingling military thriller that crackles with electric high-tech suspense and terrifyingly authentic possibility.There is duty. There is justice. The means to both are not always one and the same...

In the volatile waters of the Persian Gulf, America's might is spearheaded by the USS Carl Vinson. Under the steady command of Admiral Heater Robinson—-a respected leader and unparalleledofficer—-the most powerful carrier battle group ever assembled is ordered to stand fast and not retaliate when sixty-seven U.S. sailors are slain in a brutal terrorist attack—-the most recent of many. America's official inaction is allowing a hostile government to get away with murder. But Heater Robinson has been pushed to the edge. And he plans to enact his own vengeance using the awesome weaponry entrusted to his care.

But one man's fury could start a chain reaction that will have devastating consequences across the globe. As a storm of terror descends upon an unprepared U.S., CIA operative and U.S. Navy SEAL Rick Holden faces a moral dilemma of his own. For the military elite in Washington has chosen Holden to halt the madness—-by infiltrating Carl Vinson...and assassinating its commander, Admiral Heater Robinson.

Capt. George Galdorisi—-active-duty U.S. Naval officer and acclaimed author of The Coronado Conspiracy—-has written yet another spine-tingling military thriller that crackles with electric high-tech suspense and terrifyingly authentic possibility.

Author Biography: George Galdorisi is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and an active-duty tactical aviator. He lives in Coronado, California.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780380808922
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 544

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Inside the hangar, its huge doors wide open to take advantage of what little breeze there was, two sweating Navy pilots waited in their flight gear for the maintenance chief to finish directing his exhausted crew. Wearing blue coveralls dropped halfway down and tied around their waists, their once-white T-shirts stained with a rainbow of colors—grease, hydraulic fluid, engine, and transmission oil—the maintenance men bent to their tasks of ensuring that their bird was ready for flight.

"Hong, get that damned hydraulic bowser off the deck and get it moved inside."

"Bohem, I told you to clean those damn windshields, how the bell are the lieutenants gonna set where they're flying with that grease you've smeared all over them?"

"Van Wagner, go get the tow tractor and let's get ready to pull this beast out to the fight line."

"Roger," replied the maintenance man. Neither he nor his companions moved with enthusiasm or alacrity. The searing Bahrain seat sucked the life out of them, and the interior of the hangar provided the only cover from the intensity of the desert sun. They were about to lose even that as they toed the helo outside to ready it for launch.

Lieutenant Jake Watson and Lieutenant Harold Johnson stood ready, nodding sagely as the chief barked orders to the men. They recognized that this was tough, thankless duty for their maintenance crew. The two pilots were hot, sweaty, and dirty too, but at least they'd be flying soon, maybe even bag some night time after their hop taking supplies out to the Navy aircraft carrier in the northern Arabian Gulf was complete. The chief upset their quiet musings.

"One of youlieutenants mind riding the brakes so we can tow this beast out of the hangar?"

"Sure, I'll get it." replied Johnson.

"Ready, Ahmad."

"May you be with him today, Mohammad. Do your duty."

Abroad and their other companion got out of the van and walked quickly away into the lengthening shadows of the airport building. They never looked back at Mohammad, whose foot had already come off the brake and pressed smoothly down on the accelerator, sending the van across the tarmac. It instantly caught the attention of the Bahraini airport security police, and a police truck started towards it, but Mohammad, unconcerned, just sped up and turned slightly to head directly for the Super Stallion looming ahead of him less than half a mile away.

As the van accelerated, its carriage started rattling from the bounce of the load in back, the load which Mohammad, Abroad, and their companion had so carefully packed there. He prayed not for his own fife-he knew where he would be in the next minute-but that what they had set up would work properly. The Bahraini police truck was another quarter mile back, but gaining.

The maintenance crew walked backwards, keeping their eyes on the blades of the helicopter as they cleared the sides of the hangar. Emerging into the intense heat, the men trudged on, just hoping to get another hot, dirty, evolution over with so they could find some shade and catch some rest. Harold Johnson saw the van first as he lifted his eye momentarily from the taxi director. He blinked in disbelief for only an instant. Then, instinctively, he started to climb out of the aircraft and shout to his men.

"LOOK OUT, LOOK OUT, GET AWAY FROM THE BIRD, GET AWAY FROM THE BIRD!"

The men were momentarily perplexed, They just stated at Johnson. What the hell was the lieutenant talking about? Maybe the damned heat had gotten to him. Then one of them turned around and saw what the lieutenant saw.

"Goddamnit; stop, stop!" he shouted at the van.

Only a hundred yards away now, Mohammad had the accelerator on the deck. The van was shaking violently, pro-testing both the weight of the C-4 explosive it was carrying and the speed being demanded of it. Mohammad suppressed an urge to yell, but he wouldn't give the infidels the pleasure of hearing him scream. They would die like the dogs they were.

As the van's objective became clear, the maintenance men started to move away from the bird, looking to their officers and their chief, for some rationale for what was happening. There was none.

Yards away now, Mohammad gripped the steering wheel so hard that surely he would bend it. The men were scattering, and he could see it now, fear in their faces, their not knowing which way to run. Perhaps they prayed to their god. What futility in that, he thought.

The van contacted the helicopter right on its nose, impacting the chin bubble. The wire connected to the bumper of the van and threaded back through its interior was connected to the detonator and set it off, causing the van's cargo to explode spectacularly. Investigators would eventually be able to pinpoint the exact spot where the van struck the helo, correctly estimate that the van was traveling at 110 miles per hour, and calculate the van was carrying approximately 400 pounds of C-4 explosive.

The noise was deafening, but more spectacular was the fireball from the explosives in the van, followed by another, bigger fireball as 10,000 pounds of fuel in the aircraft ignited.

Bahrain heat sucked the life out of them, and the interior of the hangar provided the only cover from the intensity of the desert sun. They were about to lose even that as they towed the helo, outside to ready it for launch.

Lieutenant Jake Watson and Lieutenant Harold Johnson stood ready, nodding sagely as the chief barked orders to the men. They recognized that this was tough, thankless duty for their maintenance crew. The two pilots were hot, sweaty, and dirty too, but at least they'd be flying soon, maybe even bag some night time after their hop taking supplies out to the Navy aircraft carrier in the northern Arabian Gulf was complete. The chief upset their quiet musings.

"One of you lieutenants mind riding the brakes so we can tow this beast out of the hangar?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    Fun navy novel

    A very aviation-centric, SWO-hating novel about an admiral gone mad in the Arabian Gulf. While all SWO's in the novel are portrayed as evil-doers, the novel does a good job at portraying Navy life, though some of the technical details are fudge for making the story run smoother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    Got this book for Christmas and couldn't put it down. I read a lot of these military thrillers and many don't have a plot that grips you...just a lot of action. I think what makes this book different is the way that it parallels the geopolitical realities of today's world and the kind of enemines that the US must deal with today. The author didn't have to stretch to find a plot line...his bio says he was in the military and served in the Gulf - I believe it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    I read this book about two months ago, thought it was a good read, and passed it along to a buddy. Then the attack on the USS Cole happened. I bought another copy and went back through it...it was frightening to reread the author's scenario...I found it a bit of a stretch when I first read the book...now it is so close to the Cole bombing that I found myself re-reading it again...this one is too close to the truth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    There hasn't been much in the news about terrorism lately, at least not 'above the fold' but this book put some of the terrible potential of what terrorists of many stripes could do not just to our service men and women but to our citizens on our home soil. The issues about how military officers who try to deal with this on their own created its own special terror for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2000

    This book should be classified.

    The most authentic, beleivable book about Naval warfare that I have ever read. With the exception of some of the farfetched personalities in it - the technical knowledge that the author puts forth in this book from everything from ASW tactics to Naval Message Writing, to the jobs of all the people on a Naval Warship betray his Naval Background.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    I really think that the cold war is long over, that's why books that have us still fighting the Russians or even the Chinese don't realy interest me anymore. This book looks at some real world events where our military operates today and makes you think how bad things could be if we lose control.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Terrifying scenario

    This book makes you wonder what would happen if we lost control of the U.S. military. It is Heart of Darkness on an aircraft carrier and it is terrifyingly real. A real shocker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    I bought this right before a trip and started and finished it on a cross-country flight. I know very little about the military, but my father flew navy jets off Yankee Station during Vietnam and this brought back all of his stories and more. I have read a lot of military fiction but have never felt that I was 'onboard' a carrier like I was with this book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    For Duty and Honor

    I think I've read them all; Clancy, Duetermann, Huston, Bond, Coonts - scores, maybe hundreds. This one caught my attention from the beginning and held it until the last page. It brought back memories of what international terrorists have done to U.S. and other citizens and even more chillingly, brought to mind the kinds of things these terrorists could do to us - even on our own soil. But beyond that story, which is the reason for the military action, was the portrayal of life on an aircraft carrier. I once visited a navy carrier in Norfolk, VA. This brought it all to life. I could hear the aircraft thumping down on deck and hear the crewman strain as they loaded bombs on their planes. The pace never let up. I'm not loaning this one out -it's a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    A fast-pace military adventure that puts you where the action is!

    This book made me think a lot about the power of the United States military and particularly a navy carrier battle group. I can't think of a time when I raced through a book like this. The plot took hold of me and wouldn't let me go. I think that something like this could happen today where our forces are overseas near danger every day. I hope that the author takes these characters into other adventures and other books. I would want to meet some of them but definitely would want to avoid others. I think that this is a great adventure.

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