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Call to Duty

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When modern-day pirates cruelly target a group of well-connected Americans on their yacht in the China Sea, a high-stakes political brushfire sweeps the halls of the White House and Capitol Hill. 100,000 first printing. $60,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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A former weapons system operator, Richard Herman was a member of the United States Air Force for twenty-one years, until he retired in 1983 with the rank of major. He is the author of ten previous novels, including The Warbirds, Power Curve, Against All Enemies, Edge of Honor, and The Trojan Sea, all published by Avon Books. Herman currently lives and works in Gold River, a suburb of Sacramento, California.

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This engrossing, character-based thriller by the author of Firebreak divides its time between the present day and WW II. In the present, a feared drug-smuggling organization kidnaps the daughter of powerful Sen. William Courtland, planning to use her as leverage against U.S. narcotics agents. Courtland, who cares less about his daughter than his career, pressures President Matthew Pontowski to order a Delta force raid on the smugglers' home base. Either way the senator wins: if his daughter is saved, fine; if she's killed in the raid, Pontowski loses face and Courtland is positioned to win the next presidential election. Faced with this dilemma, Pontowski reflects on his experiences as a downed RAF pilot making his way across occupied France during WW II. The two plots mesh well in a briskly paced narrative. Herman's characterizations are fluent and convincing; he depicts combat, both past and present, with involving realism, and his sparing use of gore makes those scenes which contain it all the more effective. The novel closes with two highly dramatic and satisfying climaxes.
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