Ashes of Victory: A Novel

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"For nonstop techno-action at full afterburner, it's hard to beat the Weber/Pineiro team. The air combat scenes had me on the edge of my seat!"--David Poyer, author of Hunter Killer and Deep War

From the New York Times best-selling author of DEFCON One, Joe Weber, and R. J. Pineiro, the acclaimed author of Without Mercy, comes a new novel of global terrorism and international conflict.

The unthinkable has happened. The United States is under attack. From the sea and the sky, the devastating attacks come, crippling the US military’s ability to respond. Thousands have been killed and injured.

For President Cord Macklin, this is the greatest challenge of his life. Greater than risking his life in the skies over Vietnam and greater than guiding the country through some of the most trying times in its history. But none has been more trying than this.

Below the sea, a predator stalks the pride of America’s Navy: its aircraft carriers. Deadly and silent, this killer seems able to elude all efforts to find it.

In the skies over the Pacific, a belligerent China flexes its muscles, seeing an opportunity to exploit America’s sudden vulnerability. As Chinese and American fighters play a deadly game of chicken high above the US fleet, one wrong move could plunge the world into war.

Behind all of it, a Saudi prince and a rogue Chinese general pull the strings of their many puppets, acting in concert to achieve their joint goal: the crippling of the United States of America.

Yet the greatest threat remains to be seen. Can the president and his cabinet defuse the situation? Can a top-secret team of spies and Navy SEALs find and stop the perpetrators before the very balance of global power shifts?

From Asia to the Middle East, America finds herself at war, stretched thinner than she has ever been.
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About the author

Joe Weber is a former USMC carrier-qualified fighter pilot. His novels have appeared on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Associated Press, and the Chicago Tribune. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife, Jeannie. For more information, please visit www.joewebernovels.com.

R .J. Pineiro is a thirty-year veteran of the computer industry as well as the author of many internationally acclaimed novels, including The Fall, Without Mercy, and Without Fear. He is an instrument-rated pilot, a firearms enthusiast, and travels extensively to Asia, Europe, and the Americas researching his novels. Pineiro makes his home in central Texas with his wife, Lory Anne. For more information, please visit www.rjpineiro.com.
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Ignition Books
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Published on
Sep 30, 2018
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781937868703
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Military
Fiction / Thrillers / Terrorism
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