By Stephen Coonts
The bestselling writer of "Flight of the Intruder" now offers a robust tale of an completely plausible 3rd global battle. jam-packed with up to the moment insider army aspect and dramatic, compelling scenes of battles within the air and at the sea, "Fortunes of battle" tells an epic story of 3 heroes, 3 countries--and a global within the stability.
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Chernov waited till the linemen had the chocks in position, then secured the engines. “Water,” he acknowledged. The senior NCO handed up a bottle. “How did it move, significant? ” one of many junior pilots requested after he comprehensive ingesting. there have been 4 of them status there, looking at on the empty missile racks and the gun port with the tape shot away. “I received , i believe. perhaps 3. one among them nearly took my scalp. ” “Very stable. ” “Luck. natural success. they only occurred to return alongside, and that i simply occurred to work out them earlier than they observed me. ” He shook his head, packed with ask yourself that he was once nonetheless alive. “They are solid? ” “Good adequate. ” He tossed his helmet down, then climbed down from the cockpit. while he was once at the floor, he drank extra of the water. “Do you've gotten one other airplane prepared? ” “Yes, Major,” stated the senior NCO. “Two? ” “Just one, sir. we are hoping to get 3 extra flyable this night by means of cannibalizing components from the down birds. And the fueling takes endlessly. ” “Any notice from Moscow? ” “No, sir. They haven’t known as. ” “We will fly the planes west within the morning, as many as now we have gas for. As many as we will be able to start. ” rattling Moscow. With virtually no gasoline, no spare elements, little foodstuff, one-third of the mechanics the squadron was once presupposed to have, and an inoperative GCI web site, he couldn’t do even more, whether Kalugin wrote the order in blood. He used to be being life like. He had flown a silly solo challenge, virtually gotten killed, affected the process the warfare certainly not, and now it was once time to stand proof: Russia used to be defenseless. “I’ll wager Zambia has a greater air strength than we have,” one of many junior officials muttered. Chernov took off his flight equipment and sat down via a first-rate tire with the water bottle and waved them away. “Let me leisure awhile. ” His brain was once nonetheless going one thousand miles an hour, replaying the missile pictures and the japanese fighter slashing throughout in entrance of his gun. The emotional highs and lows—amazing! He may by no means have believed that he may well think a lot elation, then, 5 seconds later, quite a bit terror. He was once wrung out, like a sponge squeezed to millimeter thickness in a hydraulic press. 5 mins later one of many NCOs got here for him from the dispersal shack. “Sir, Moscow is at the line. an individual very senior. ” “How senior? ” “He says he’s a normal, sir. I by no means heard of him. ” Chernov walked around the ramp and entered the dispersal construction, a unmarried room with a unadorned bulb within the ceiling—not burning, after all; the single gentle got here from the soiled home windows. a wide potbellied wood-stove stood within the middle of the room. The 4 or 5 enlisted males within the room fell silent whilst Chernov walked in and reached for the telephone. “Major Chernov, sir. ” “Major, this is often common Kokovtsov, aide to Marshal Stolypin. ” “In Moscow? ” “Headquarters. ” “I’ve been attempting to mobile local headquarters and Moscow because the jap invaded. you're the first senior officer I’ve spoken to. ” The table soldier had different issues on his brain. “I requested to talk to the commanding officer. Are you in charge of the bottom?