In this intriguing thriller, it is March of 1999 and a NATO air armada is ready to strike strategic targets in Belgrade.
But the end of the Cold War has taken its toll on the Balkans. The CIA is unable to come up with enough resources to support a war effort, so it seeks assistance from the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The U.S. Undersecretary of Defense, along with a former OSS operative, select a team of secret operators, The Balkan Network, to insert into Serbia to rescue downed NATO pilots.
As two of the operatives, Lieutenant Commander Karol Koskov and Major Dan Radivich, help rescue a downed F-117 pilot in Yugolavia, they discover Serbian military secrets that could change the outcome of the war. Pursued by enemy forces, the two desperately rush to get this information out of Yugoslavia before it’s too late.
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Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite In March of 1999, NATO forces are ready to strike against Serbian forces but they need secret oeprators inside Serbia to rescue downed NATO pilots. Former secret agent Josef Kostinic, who is an expert on covert Eastern European affairs and who in World War II set up a highly successful rescue mission, aids Hal Mattingly who is the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. But Josef is very old and dying of cancer, and he tells Mattingly to select six people who are not just military operatives but are fluent in the Serbian-Croatian language. Kostinic's favorite is his former student, Air Force Major Daniel Radivich. Next selected is Navy Commander Karol Kosov. Together, Daniel and Karol select Army paratrooper Nicholas Bellou, Air Force Sergeant Naomi Markof, Army Sergeant Major Karen Criskos, and Marine Sergeant Michael Karl. The six will slip secretly into Serbia and work in teams of two to do classified operations within Serbia. But what about double-agent Milan Belic who operates in Yugoslavia under the guise of owning an air freight company? "The Balkan Network" is a well-written and highly organized story about the 1999 Balkan War. The account has great elements of suspense as the six secret operatives make their way into Serbia and into danger. Dan, Karol, Hall Mattingly, Joef Kostinic, and the other four members of the Balkan Network are believable, authentic characters. The plot flows through to the end of the story with the twists and turns expected in a military thriller. Author Gregory Acuna knows his military equipment and writes convincingly of them all in this spellbinding story of what goes on behind the scenes in military operations that is never covered in the six o'clock news.