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The Last Phoenix


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Richard Herman's other titles include "The Trojan Sea", "Edge of Honour", "Against All Enemies", "The Power Curve", Iron Gate", "Dark Wing", "The Warbirds", "Mosquito Run", "Firebreak" and "Force of Eagles".

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Richard Herman retired from the US Air Force in 1983 with the rank of Major after serving for 21 years. The author of ten technothrillers, he now lives in Gold River, California..


Maestro of the military thriller, Herman (The Trojan Sea) offers a panoramic, jet-propelled epic long on battles, political intrigue and, unfortunately, tangential subplots. Reprising their roles from Edge of Honor, Maddy Turner, the beleaguered first female president of the United States, and her secret lover, retired air force general Matt Pontowski, are the heroes of this new novel, which opens in the near future with the president in the final months of a hard-fought reelection campaign. A sudden Chinese invasion of Malaysia is quickly followed by an attack on Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates by an alliance of Iraq, Iran and Syria. Hampered by cut-to-the-bone peacetime budgets, the U.S. military doesn't have the resources to respond to wars on both fronts. When troops are dispatched to protect U.S. interests in the oil-rich Middle East, Maddy is left with no regular military to combat the Chinese and is forced to ask Matt to reactivate his old American Volunteer Group a ragtag collection of pilots flying A-10 Warthogs to hold back the Chinese until the regular military can be brought up to strength. The story cuts from Washington to Malaysia and other points on the globe in a rapid-fire montage. An expert at fast-paced action, Herman does a passable job keeping technobabble to a minimum, but there are too many bloodstained subplots with comic book characters. Matt's implausible escape and his heroics with a broken collarbone make the end more fizzle than bang. (July 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

'Could very well be tomorrow's headlines' - Clive Cussler on DARK WING'This is the sharp end with vivid descriptions of air combat, the smell of hot oil and fear' - The Times on THE WARBIRDS'An imaginative action story told to perfection' - Clive Cussler on THE WARBIRDS'Truly edge of the seat exciting' - Dale Brown on FORCE OF EAGLES' ''Thinking man's" thrillers that out-Clancy Clancy...Herman has a distinctive beat to his wickedly adroit military thrillers' - Kirkus on AGAINST ALL ENEMIES

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