The opening stages of the Third World War are more confusing and terrible than those of any war in history. Hundreds die in the Indian Parliament in Delhi. The President of Pakistan is assassinated. A US military base comes under an unprovoked missile strike.
US President Jim West soon discovers a chilling link between these attacks. He tries to forge a path of peace, knowing that if he chooses confrontation thousands will be killed. Mary Newman, his young and brilliant secretary of state, disagrees. She is convinced that America needs to attack - and swiftly. No one is yet aware that the war has already begun.
One by one, the very powers West has counted as allies become enemies, and the comfortable lives of citizens in affluent societies - perhaps typical of readers of this book - are about to collapse in physical and emotional devastation. Jim West finds himself fighting a war of a ferocity and scale previously unknown.
Detail by authentic detail Humphrey Hawksley captures the ominous feel of a world heading towards its own destruction.
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About the Author
HUMPHREY HAWKSLEY is a leading BBC foreign correspondent, author and commentator on world affairs, reporting for both radio and television news, for BBC2’s Newsnight and for the World Service. He has worked for the Corporation since 1983 and has been posted to Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Beijing. It was in China that Hawksley, with Financial Times correspondent Simon Holberton, wrote Dragon Strike. Published in 1997, it was the first in an internationally acclaimed and bestselling ‘future history’ trilogy, which would include Dragon Fire and The Third World War, all published by Pan Macmillan. Now based in London, Humphrey Hawksley continues to report regularly on the War on Terror and on Iraq from the Middle East, Washington and the wider developing world.