"An exciting thriller"

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's lover, Colonel Wolfe, has quietly returned stateside after spending time tracking down the former Soviet nuclear arsenal. He explains to Ambrose that the key locale Infernesk Technical Center is poorly managed by American Major McRyen and needs a replacement immediately and better physical security. Ambrose knows the Army is already overextended, but still assigns his aides Val and LTC Jimmy Grimes to take charge. However, her first leadership assignment is a cesspool as morale is low. Soon Val will get what she asked for while truly being tested when a renegade cadre of super Russian soldiers assaults Infernesk with plans to control and use the nuclear arsenal. Val, a veteran first sergeant and a bunch of misfits and rookies are all that stand in the way.

This is a strong military thriller that will provide much enjoyment to readers. However, what makes BEST DEFENSE stand above the pack is the insight into the American army as an organization and culture interwoven so as to enhance the plot and that the Russians are not all pathetic vile cretins. Fans of military dramas will appreciate the emphasis on the seven values of loyalty, duty, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage that symbolizes the heroes of Todd A. Stone's strong tale.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 11, 2003


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.


Best Defense
by Todd A. Stone

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