The Sword of Orion

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9780517588079: The Sword of Orion

An American weapons-detection team joins forces with a retired Russian Special Forces captain to find a missing Soviet hydrogen bomb, which has fallen into the hands of Moslem fanatics who plan to use the weapon to unleash nuclear Armageddon. 15,000 first printing.

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IVILIZATION WIELDS
TODAY'S ULTIMATE WEAPON....
Afghanistan, tumultuous land of sword and blood, now holds the key to nuclear Armageddon. Afghan "Soldiers of God" have stolen Russia's most devastating bomb, and they'll unleash its terrible destructive powers if the West doesn't bow to their demands. At stake is a vast area that spans unstable, sacred, and explosive territories in Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and the former Soviet Union.
Only a handful people have the know-how, expertise, and courage to stop the zealous rebels: a U.S. team flying a modified P-3 Orion. One man, one woman, and a veteran Russian Special Forces expert launch an "impossible" mission that ultimately carries them to one of Islam's holiest shrines--where the power of humanity is pitted against the power of science in an absolutely thrilling climax to the newest edge-of-your-seat technothriller by Robin A. White.
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Equipped for a special detective mission in the New World Order, a Navy sub-hunting plane goes to anarchic Afghanistan--in the latest technothriller by White (The Flight From Winter's Shadow, 1991, etc.). In the final few days of his command of an airborne patrol squadron in Japan, Navy Commander Richard Donovan gets last-minute orders to quash a minor mutiny. The pilot of a super-secretly modified P3 Orion patrol plane refuses to have anything further to do with his copilot, Lt. J.P. Harper, a pretty young woman who seems to attract accidents. But when Donovan takes Harper up for a test flight, he finds that she's a gifted flier who has accidents only because she flies aggressively. Donovan is perfectly happy to take Harper and her airplane, which has been rigged to ``sniff out'' radioactive emissions on yet another last-minute errand: The Russians have requested US assistance in retrieving a nuclear warhead stolen by a fanatic Afghani faction. Donovan, Harper, and crew fly into Kabul and meet liaison Pavel Markelov--a semi-suave ex-KGB officer who's gone into a lucrative line of international consulting. He has in tow Captain Aleksandr Belenko, still in the KGB and not very well reconstructed. Belenko saw a lot of action in Afghanistan, and he's keen to find out why his old Afghan flame would've involved herself with the hijackers. Meanwhile, Kabul, where everybody's staying, is the worst place on earth. Nothing works and no one governs. Rival warring gangs shoot anybody who moves; leftover stinger missiles still chase any plane trying to use the airport. But Harper, Donovan, and their magnificent turboprop have a job to do and they do it. Belenko has a job to do and he does it. Markelov, however, has more jobs than he has let on, and it would be better if he didn't do any of them. Gritty, occasionally outlandish, but fast-moving adventure in an intriguing setting. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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