In Tokyo, a squad of fanatic Japanese nationalists force their way into the Imperial Palace and behead the emperor. It is grisly first move in a sinister conspiracy to take advantage of a weakened Russia and invade oil-rich Siberia. The goal? World domination. The price? A third world war. Bound by a secret protocol to come to Russia's aid in the event of a war, but eager to avoid armed conflict, Washington sends Air Force Colonel Bob Cassidy and a squadron of fighter pilots on a secret mission to thwart the Japanese invasion in the skies of Siberia.
Flying Japan's secret weapon, a high-tech stealth jet, is Cassidy's best friend from the Air Force Academy, Captain Jiro Kimura. Defending Russia from undersea in an outdated diesel submarine is Captain Pavel Saratov. Filled with dramatic, compelling scenes of battles in the air and on the sea, Fortunes of War is an epic novel of three heroes, three countries, and a world in the balance.
©1999 Stephen Coonts; (P)2009 Phoenix