When a Washington power-play gone wrong puts a nuclear arsenal in a secret terrorist organization's back yard, US Army Major Valerie Macintyre and a band of third-string soldiers become the only obstacle between a legion of biotech-enhanced fanatics and an isolated depot crammed with atomic munitions. Val must build a fighting force from combat-clueless technicians, a sexist brown-boot Army veteran, a wet-behind- the-ears Second Lieutenant, and a manipulative military cop. Then she must lead them in an all-or-nothing battle against a terrorist leader driven mad by ambition.

The vicious firefights that follow are fought not with smart bombs and satellites, but with bullets and bayonets. Male or female, officer or lowly grunt, no quarter is asked and none given.

And in a tunnel below them all, a warhead's detonator counts down the seconds until Armageddon.


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"An exciting thriller"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 11, 2003

US Army Major Valerie Macintyre badly wants a command leadership assignment, but keeps being passed over for one. When the latest list omits her, she storms into the office of her superior General Ambrose demanding an explanation. He tells her to relax she will have her opportunity rather soon. Val Read more...

"brilliantly plotted post-Cold War thriller"
Reviewed by Moni Draper
Posted February 21, 2004

What can I say, but "wow!" This book starts off at a run and proceeds to an all-out-race-to-the-finish. Major Val McIntyre is a woman trying to succeed in a man's world. So far, she's accomplished quite a lot, but what she would really Read more...


Best Defense
by Todd A. Stone

Novel Books, Inc.
June 1, 2003
ISBN #1591051266
262 pages
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