Price of Duty: Military novel from Dale Brown

The military novels of Dale Brown are noted for plots that are relevant and prescient in their assessment of world events. His latest thriller, “Price of Duty,” (William Morrow, 440 pages) targets Russian

cyber warfare.

In “Price of Duty,” the Russians are not merely hacking into the websites of American presidential candidates, but are waging an all-out cyber warfare against the Alliance of Free Nations, an alliance of Eastern European countries that had been under the control and influence of the old Soviet Empire and have banded together to keep the Russian bear at bay.

The ambitious Russian President Gennadiy Gryzlov, who longs for a return to the days of Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe, has built a fortress within the Ural Mountains to carry out computer hacking on a terrifying level.

A Romanian nuclear reactor is sent into near meltdown.

In Poland, the banks’ ATMs are hacked, spewing forth zlotys and causing economic chaos.

Power grids across the Alliance are knocked out.

In perhaps their most provocative act, the Russians hack into the computer controls of an airliner, causing it to crash near the Polish presidential palace.

The Scion team, led by former American President Kevin Martindale and his top notch unit, must thwart the evil Russian President in order to save the Alliance of Free Nations.

Ace pilot Brad McLanahan, son of the General Patrick McLanahan, is called back to help his Polish girlfriend, Major Nadia Rozek, preserve the freedom of her homeland.

But Brad’s conflicts are not limited to Russian hostilities. His father, Patrick McLanahan, whose badly damaged body has been preserved inside a Cybernetic Infantry Device (CID), is fast losing touch with his humanity and Brad fears his father is becoming a mere killing device.

Retired U.S. Air Force Captain Dale Brown launches another high-tech thriller with sharp insights on geopolitics as he highlights the danger of cyber warfare.