Code Word Paternity: A Presidential Thriller

Code Word Paternity: A Presidential Thriller

by Doug Norton


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Code Word Paternity: A Presidential Thriller by Doug Norton

In a twenty-first century Pearl Harbor, nuclear terrorism takes its first city--Las Vegas--and stalks Baltimore. The terrorists have no return address--but the nuke they used does. A scientific trail scented by an ultra-secret U.S. program hidden for years behind the code word "Paternity" points toward the nation that made the bomb.

But there's no smoking gun. Struggling to lead a divided, panicked America, wring support from uncertain allies, and blunt the opportunism of rivals, the president faces an ethical dilemma threatening his marriage, his presidency, and his very soul. As commander-in-chief, controlling nearly unfathomable power to retaliate, he can put the Armageddon genie back in the bottle--but at what cost and to whom? Ambition, conscience, and duty collide as heads of state, politicians, diplomats, and generals maneuver with the lives of millions at stake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999497630
Publisher: Douglas M Norton
Publication date: 03/28/2018
Series: Code Word , #1
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 647,114
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Doug Norton drew on both experience and research to pen the first novel of the Code Word Series, Code Word: Paternity. It's a cautionary tale of an American president, a North Korean dictator, and bin Laden's avengers. The second, Code Word: Pandora, has similar roots.

As a warship captain during the cold war Doug held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war. In Geneva, Brussels, London, and Washington he experienced diplomacy and politics in tense meetings, glittering receptions, and deadline-driven all-nighters.

A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, Doug was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Naval Academy. After serving more than twenty-five years, Captain Norton retired from the navy and was an executive recruiter for fifteen years.

Doug and his wife live in Annapolis, where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department. He loves to meet readers and has signed books in bars, hospitals, and hotels as well as book stores, libraries, and book clubs.

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Code Word: Paternity: A Presidential Thriller 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doug Norton's Code Word: Paternity is a can't-put-down read. Its technical accuracy and plausibility are reminisicent of Tom Clancy's novels. A day like any other day is suddenly changed by a nuclear explosion on U.S. soil. The president must marshal his government to find out who did it and how to respond. That investigation leads to the realization that another attack could soon occur. Against this backdrop, President Rick Martin, a decent, moral man, must decide America's response from a short list of possible actions, none of them bloodless nor completely acceptable to him. But the buck stops at the president's desk, and the Constitution requires him to decide America's course of action. Norton's character development is excellent. On the world stage, we see foreign leaders, good and bad, strive to advance their causes and their nations' interests and to extract concessions from the U.S.A. In parallel, the decision making process of our democracy unfolds. As Norton leads us through debates among presidential staff, cabinet members, and congressional leaders, the characters strengths, weaknesses, ambitions, egos, and rivalries come into play. Ultimately, President Martin must sift through and weigh all the advice, the good, the bad, and the ugly, to arrive at his decision. Code Word: Paternity gives us a realistic, rational, apolitical look at the world we live in, and the complex, difficult challenges today's leadership faces.
David_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
A fascinating and convincing account of decision making at the Presidential level and a great page turner. The author puts you inside the minds of all the actors: the conflicted President, the ardent terrorist, the sincere and deluded Dear Leader of North Korea, and the constellation of people creating and trying to solve a life-and-megadeath problem. While being a tough-minded thriller, part of the fun of reading this book is the sense that many of the author's insights derive from his personal participation, as a senior US Navy officer, in nuclear deterrence and diplomacy. And if you are looking for something to make you think deeper, underlying all this fast-paced action, the quote from Epictetus at the beginning is a clue.
tdeshiro More than 1 year ago
Let's set aside comments such as the "ripped from the headlines", "pulse throbbing action", and "reminiscent of Tom Clancy" pabulum which critics so enjoy feeding us, that really tell us nothing. At its core, Doug Norton, retired US Navy Captain, has produced an extremely well written book on nuclear terrorism that is all too plausible in today's world of accommodation and political correctness. The catalyst for the book is the detonation of a nuclear device in Las Vegas. But the real heart of the book is not the detonation itself, it is the torturous paths by which President Rick Martin arrives at the gut-wrenching decision he must make to prevent future attacks, although thousands will die as a result of his decision. Each fork of the road he travels to arrive at what is literally a world-changing decision is the real meat of the book. It is a decision which will scar his soul for the remainder of his life, and in the final analysis he really has no other choice, which brings to reality President Truman's axiom: "The Buck Stops Here!" Ultimately this book is as much about what it takes to be a leader with the fortitude to make tough decisions as it is about nuclear terrorism and nuclear deterrence. And I have read no better work than Doug Norton's who takes us into the mind of the President as we share his agony. This novel should be a textbook for a class on leadership, logic, courage, and morals; reminiscent of the novel "12-O'Clock High".  Very few books rate the "can't put down" 5-star rating; but this was surely one - I finished it in one session, and plan to read it again to gain more insight.
TonyGolden More than 1 year ago
Comparing this to Clancy's fanciful plots  does this book a disservice.  We have all thought and worried about nuclear terrorism.  An attack, perhaps, when we are away from home, separated from our family with no real idea of what is happening—helpless.  Norton takes that horrific nightmare and with past personal access to secrets that allow him to evaluate the threat, our defenses to it and how we likely would  respond diplomatically and militarily uses prose as good as Furst, O'Brian and R.H. Dana to put the reader in the seat of a cabinet officer and participate in working out the future of the country and the world.  Everyone will admire the work and be frightened by it  and everyone really should read it and then ponder what may be inevitable. Peter Nowinski
Sandybee1 More than 1 year ago
Doug Norton was a Captain in the U.S. Navy and has had experiences all over the world in the fields of diplomacy and international government. He brings his knowledge of crisis management and foreign intrigue into play in this novel about a nuclear disaster on U.S. soil. Norton's writing style is gripping, with characters that are as compelling as they are frustrating in their conflicting reactions to this major attack on the homeland. Norton has created a story that seems all too real; his technical knowledge and international experiences provide the foundation for the plot without weighing down the readability for us average Joes and Janes. A great read!
robertwbishop More than 1 year ago
It could be a story beginning the day after tomorrow -- a daunting vision into a terrible, but unfortunately plausible, future. Faced with the worst catastrophe to occur on U.S. soil, the explosion of a nuclear weapon, the story takes you inside the mind of a circumspect, moral man, a proudly calm, rational man, who is the President of the United States. You also are taken into the minds of the major players, members of the President's cabinet as well as heads of state of involved foreign nations, as they evaluate their responsibilities from their private perspectives. Every action each considers will have personal and political ramifications, and you learn to appreciate the role that egos play in the advice given and taken. What emerges is both a compelling story and a cautionary tale, and one set in the world as it is, not the world that those of any particular political persuasion wish it were.
Peng62 More than 1 year ago
Doug Norton’s Code Word: Paternity is a gripping account of a scenario so realistic that it could very feasibly be a prediction of an actual event that would shake the world, and very soon. The author has skillfully employed current global conditions as a foundation from which he weaves a story that will leave the reader with a greater appreciation of the wisdom and courage required of our president as he faces extremely tough choices of life and death. It vividly shows how the buck really does stop on the President’s desk, and is not just a campaign slogan. Reading this book should be required of all presidential candidates to assure themselves that they have what it takes to make the hard decisions. The author’s extensive research into the inner workings of the White House gives the reader an understanding of that mysterious arena and gives him a “fly-on-the-wall” view of the very believable interplay of the key decision makers. Completely apolitical, this is a book every person should read as we approach this presidential election, and as importantly, a very possible major global confrontation.
ReaderRicardo More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Code Word: Paternity. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A real "page turner" which I hated to put down. Mr. Norton obviously has the experience and the knowledge of the world of nuclear and political intrigue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! It was hard to put this book down. For the first book from this author it was masterful. I am looking forward to future novels. He knows his subject well and the topic is so current with the news that we see every day. These events could really play out on the world stage. We are taken behind the scenes with all of the major players and learn their thoughts and actions. Doug writes in the Dan Brown style of switching from scenes, characters and events to keep us all captivated. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to be engrossed and live within current and future world events. A real thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read written as if Doug somehow had access to newspaper headlines that hit the street after his book was published. I don't know how he pulled it off, but I'll be waiting for the sequel.
highlandglenn More than 1 year ago
In his afterword, the author says that this book "is a novel, not a prophesy." Well maybe so, but current events are moving so fast in the direction that author Norton postulates that it is truly scary! His characters are well-drawn and believeable. The pace of the book is fast, but the reader wants to hurry so he/she can find out how and where it goes...resist the temptation to 'look ahead!' My predictions: 1. There is at least a sequel left, CAPT Norton: please do not leave at this point...what happens next to Rick Martin? BTW, is he related to pop singer Ricky Martin? Uncle perhaps? How about a Rick Martin series, taking him out past his second presidential term into the world of elder statesman? 2. I see a movie here. Since the author is an 'old sea dog,' maybe he should write himself a cameo role in the movie?