Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1)

Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1)

by Dale Brown

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From the corridors of power in
Washington to the frontlines of the war
on terror, Dale Brown takes you to the
heart of the action and introduces his
most exhilarating character to date

In Act of War, Dale Brown goes beyond anything he's done before, taking readers deep into the new world of intelligence-focused warfare, and introducing a cutting-edge new hero: thirty-two-year-old Army Major Jason Richter, designer of a whole array of futuristic infantry weapons and devices created to hunt down a new breed of enemy with unmatched speed and lethality. With all the thrilling battle scenes and expert military maneuvers that have become the hallmark of this New York Times bestselling author, this is an intense, action-packed spectacle that combines geopolitics, terrorism, and warfare.

Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to one of the world's largest multinational energy companies is destroyed by a "backpack" nuclear device. This is just one of many attacks being perpetrated against the company around the world by a group whose mission is to stop global corporations and government organizations from plundering the world's natural resources in the name of profit.

Before this group strikes again, Jason Richter is called in with his top-secret high-tech military unit, code-named Task Force TALON, a special joint military and FBI unit set up by the national security advisor to track down and defeat terrorists around the world. Richter believes there is only one strategy in which to snare his opponents -- find, pursue, engage, and kill. And the only way to do this is to play them at their own game: Be unconventional and swift, hit-and-run and brutal enough to strike fear into the heart of the most dedicated terrorist. Richter must also lead the way through a series of unexpected turns that eventually uncovers a mole high up within the government who is in pursuit of his own personal revenge.

If Richter fails, it won't be just the lives of his team that are lost, but America itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061738470
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Jason Richter Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 87,665
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Former U.S. Air Force captain Dale Brown is the superstar author of 26 best-selling action-adventure “techno-thriller” novels: FLIGHT OF THE OLD DOG (1987), SILVER TOWER (1988), DAY OF THE CHEETAH (1989), HAMMERHEADS (1990), SKY MASTERS (1991), NIGHT OF THE HAWK (1992), CHAINS OF COMMAND (1993), STORMING HEAVEN (1994), SHADOWS OF STEEL (1996), FATAL TERRAIN (1997), THE TIN MAN (1998), BATTLE BORN, (1999), WARRIOR CLASS (2001), WINGS OF FIRE (2002), AIR BATTLE FORCE (2003), PLAN OF ATTACK (2004), ACT OF WAR (2005), EDGE OF BATTLE (2006), STRIKE FORCE (2007), SHADOW COMMAND (2008), ROGUE FORCES (2009), EXECUTIVE INTENT (2010), A TIME FOR PATRIOTS (2011), TIGER’S CLAW (2012), STARFIRE (2014), and IRON WOLF (2015). He is also the co-author of the best-selling DREAMLAND techno-thriller series and writer and the PUPPET MASTER series, and is a technical consultant of the Act of War PC real-time strategy game published by Atari Interactive, and the Megafortress PC flight simulator by Three-Sixty Pacific. Dale’s novels are published in 11 languages and distributed to over 70 countries. Worldwide sales of his novels, audiobooks, e-books, and computer games exceed 15 million copies.

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Act of WarChapter One

The White House, Washington, D.C.
That same time

The President's National Security Adviser, Robert Hall Chamberlain,strode into the White House Situation Room ahead of a wall of military officers, civilian advisers and analysts, and Secret Service agents. They had to scramble to stay out of Chamberlain's way as he quickly entered the room and took his seat, not at the center of the oblong table but just to the right of the seat apparently reserved for the President of the United States. A former oil executive with TransGlobal Energy, an expert and adviser in foreign affairs and commerce, a wealthy political supporter and friend of the President and many other world leaders, Chamberlain had been described as having the geopolitical savvy of Henry Kissinger, the military affairs expertise of Condoleezza Rice, the wealth of Bill Gates, the charisma of Colin Powell ... and the ruthlessness of Saddam Hussein.

"All right, let's get started," Chamberlain said brusquely. He was of average height and size, but he made up for his lack of physical stature by his high degree of energy — it always seemed as if he had someplace else he had to be; and in this current emergency situation, he was moving twice as fast. "Just to bring you all up to speed: the President, Vice President, most of the Cabinet, and the congressional leadership have been evacuated. The President, his chief of staff, SECDEF, SECSTATE, CJCS, and the congressionalleadership went aboard Air Force One; the VP, Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and a few other senior Cabinet officials went aboard a C-37B, the Vice President's transport; thecongressional leadership are in alternate secure locations throughout the East Coast. All are safely away and secure, and it is our opinion that the continuity of government has been assured to the best of our ability. As you all know, the President has already made one radio broadcast from Air Force One and plans on making another in a few hours. Except in southern Texas, the nation seems to be as calm as can be expected after a horrifying attack like this."

Chamberlain then turned to the woman beside him to his right, putting a hand on her shoulder. "Before we begin, I want to extend my personal condolences to Secretary of Homeland Security Calhoun, whom I understand lost some family members in Kingman City. It is truly a devastating loss, and I for one intend to see it avenged and the guilty persons destroyed. I thank her for staying here in Washington to oversee the defense and security ofthe United States. I'll postpone her briefing for a few ... "

"No ... no, I'm ready, Mr. Chamberlain," Calhoun said, wiping her eyes. She took a deep breath but kept her eyes on the table. Donna Calhoun was tall and statuesque but fragile-looking in her current emotional state. "Let me begin with a short synopsis: the attack occurred approximately three hours and twenty minutes ago, at three-thirty p.m. Central Time. We have no details of the incident itself yet, only the aftermath. The destruction, the death toll, is ... is immense. Approximately three square miles has been destroyed or dam ... damaged." She had to choke back a wimper, trying like hell to replace her sorrow with anger. "Estimated casualties are in the ... thous ..." This time she couldn't hold back the tears no matter how hard she tried.

"That's okay for now, Donna," Chamberlain said. He waited a few moments until her weeping subsided, then turned with a stony expression to the three-star general across from him. "General Hanratty?"

Lieutenant General Colin Hanratty was deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, the unified military command responsible for the defense of the fifty states; the commander of NORTHCOM was also triple-hatted as the commander of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the joint U.S.-Canada military alliance defending theentire North American continent; and also commander of U.S. Space Command, in charge of all of America's satellites and space boosters. "The commander of NORTHCOM, General Joelson, is at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex and is on duty with the senior duty controller monitoring the global military status and assessing North America's defense readiness. Although we are in constant communications with the Mountain, at the present timeit is sealed up and ready to cut itself off from all outside communicationsand utilities at a moment's notice."

One of the wide-screen monitors on the wall showed a map of the world, with several annotations across mostly green shading. "The map shows the global defense status as of the latest observations, none of which a re more than two hours' old," Ha nratty said. "Our strategic adversaries are at normal defense configurations and we have observed no unusual strategic weapon movements. All of our detection, warning, intelligence, navigation, communications, and surveillance spacecraft are operating normally. Consequently, at this time Northern Command believes that this incident was a singular act of terrorism and not a coordinated attack or prelude to any sort of military action against the United States.

"As the lead military organization in the defense of the homeland, NORTHCOM was asked by the FBI to do some initial analysis of the explosion itself," Hanratty went on. "We estimate it was a point seven-five kiloton thermonuclear blast — a so-called 'backpack nuke,' actually about the size of a very large suitcase, with approximately ten kilos of fissile material, comparable to a Soviet-era one-hundred-and-thirty-millimeter tactical nuclear artilleryshell. The double-pulse characteristic of a small but potent thermonuclear blast was detected from space by our thermal and nuclear detectors."

"Are you saying the weapon was Russian, General?" Chamberlainasked pointedly.

"I have no information on its origin, Mr. Chamberlain. I was just making a comparison. But I've read lots of reports of former Soviet military weapons on the black market, including weapons of mass destruction, and since I've never heard of a Western WMD up for sale I can only assume it was Russian."

Act of War. Copyright © by Dale Brown. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Act of War (Jason Richter Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Jessica Creed More than 1 year ago
Action is good. Love the cids! Definitely not mclanahan but very enjoyable. Would like more on the miltary tactics and firefights. My biggest complaint, how many languages do i need to know to keep from skipping pages? Russian? Spanish? I am addicted to tech stuff and blowing stuff up and all that so how about a little more of that. Richter is cool, kinda. Last request, tone down the sex scenes, save them for the movie, reading about the south american gamma agent boning his pygmy indian wife while she breastfed their baby was a little ummm, eww.
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LLSCA More than 1 year ago
Wish Barnes Noble would clearly ID the books sequence as published for all series, please!
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Dale Brown make you feel like you are included in the story. He does a lot of work before he sit down a writes a book.
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Quite a bit of action. Not bad but slipping from original series.
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Heri Larios More than 1 year ago
The book manages to combine all the things I like in a story: action, comedy, life-like situations, terror (terrorist terror), and romance. THIS BOOK HAS BECOME ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!
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This is an entertaining read but it is not Dale Brown's best book. I would like to see a connection to the Dreamland group he so often writes about so that the two special units are more integrated in saving the world.....
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Terrorists strike an America oil refinery with a small nuclear bomb. In steps Major Jason Richter, Army nerd extraordinaire, with his super CID exoskeleton. The hero of the hour saves a busload of kids, along with a beautiful reporter, and promptly gets placed on the newest war-on-terror team. The team starts to tackle the terrorist group responsible, but the team seems to be set up for failure with conflicting personalities and egos. The battles rage on around the globe, as Major Richter tries to pull the team together, find the mastermind behind the plots, and save his country from another disastrous attack. Techno, yes thriller, no. This book started out with promise and I really wanted to like it. But after the introduction of the major characters and gadgets, it quickly becomes cliched and predictable. The nifty new weapons systems would play much better with believable characters and a realistic plot. The pacing is fast, but the many twists and turns feel forced. Dale Brown is perfectly capable of writing exciting techno-thriller books with good characters ¿ but this is not one of them.