By William Bernhardt
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345503022, 390pp.)
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
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Lawyer and former senator Ben Kincaid is meeting with the president when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. A fanatical foreign dictator has hacked into the U.S. nuclear defense system and now has a finger on the trigger of America’s most dangerous weapons. Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to an underground bunker, but the president seems to be falling apart under the pressure—and the vice president wants to strip him of his powers. While Kincaid scrambles to defend the president, CIA agent Seamus McKay races through Washington, searching for a hidden command center that now controls U.S. ballistic missiles. As McKay and Kincaid move closer to uncovering a world-shattering plot, the ultimate act of betrayal is launched from the heart of the American capitol itself.
“Another blockbuster from William Bernhardt . . . a two-pronged thriller about high tension, terrorism and bad politics in Washington, D.C. . . . Don’t miss it.”—Lincoln Journal Star
“Masterful split-second timing . . . [Bernhardt] builds the pace as though he’s smoothly double clutching in a Porsche.”—Sacramento Book Review
“Exciting and fast-moving.”—The Oklahoman