by George Vercessi



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/1/2000

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781452016658
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781585003105

About the Book

This is a story of revenge blended with a sadistic scheme to manipulate a weak and flawed president. It concludes with a daring rescue and a winner-take-all showdown between two warrior SEALs.

At 1:20 PM, the day before Thanksgiving, five men enter a Naval Academy classroom and, identifying themselves as Navy anti- terrorists, announce a security drill. Later that same evening, the midshipmen are reported missing and their professor is found with his throat slashed. No clues or demands are left behind.

It isn't until the following day that the reason for the kidnapping is disclosed, when the first in a series of obscure, grisly messages is sent to the U. S. ambassador in Cairo. An hour later, the resident CIA agent in Rome is provided additional information in the form of an ultimatum to be delivered to the President. Finally, a Washington news reporter learns from an anonymous caller that Iran is behind the plot and why.

Now, facing Iran's deadline to move all U.S. forces out of the Persian Gulf and little else to go on, the Navy turns to Commander Tom Sampson, head of the elite counter-terrorist Red Cell to find and rescue the mids.

Among the kidnapped is Ingrid Lucerne, daughter of Marine Corps General John Lucerne, the acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russell Bennett, II, son of the chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and close political ally of President Leslie Pickens.

With little to go on, Sampson assembles his teammates and begins what seems to be an impossible task. Meanwhile, Pickens must decide whether to yield to Bennett, whose goal is to ensure his son's safe return at any cost, or heed the guidance of his senior military advisor, the stalwart and uncompromising Lucerne, who advocates duty to country above all else.

As the deadline approaches, Bull Dankworth, the malevolent kidnapper and former SEAL, grows eager to settle an old score by luring Sampson to him with a series of clues, some brutal, others subtle. The pace quickens when a midshipman is found dead and Iran mines the Strait of Hormuz.

About the Author

George Vercessi is a retired U.S. Navy captain who developed and co-produced "The Silver Strand," an MGM film aired on Showtime. He has also written several novels and numerous short stories.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Virginia Writers Club and the Washington Independent Writers.