Hostile Microbes. Torture. Subterfuge. Women warriors return fire.
Cricket Squire is lost at sea. Kate Mahoney and the fleet staff go all out to find her, but a biological attack in South Korea sidetracks them. When the source is linked to the despot in the North, Kate volunteers to lead a retaliatory assault into the "Dear Leader's" back yard.
Plucked from the sea by enemy commandos, Cricket suffers torture and exploitation, a pawn in the international showdown between opposing powers. A former lover arrives to rescue her. Can that woman be trusted?
Kate's nemesis colludes with her deranged ex-husband to reveal secrets from her past to threaten her future. With her professional and personal lives in jeopardy and her colleague in danger, Kate launches from the carrier deck with unbridled fury.
RISING SUN...MORNING STORM, the third novel in the FLAGSHIP! Series of military thrillers, takes the reader aboard as opposing forces converge. Threatened regional stability rides alongside, while personal tragedies loom over the bow. If you like complex characters, kick-ass women warriors, and suspenseful action, you'll love Mike J. Krentz's story of lives and loves at the tip of the spear.
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Behind the scenes of any international military confrontation, adedicated team of warfighters labors around the clock to support theoperational commander's mission. These men and women come from all walks of life and professions -- career warriors, logisticians, engineers,information systems experts, doctors, lawyers, chaplains, public affairs officers; brand new sailors, mid-career hopefuls, and seasonedveterans. Their stories seldom appear in national media. They don'tcarry weapons. They don't sail the ships, fly the airplanes, drop thebombs, or storm the beaches. Look for them behind desks and computersaboard the most sophisticated floating command and control platform inthe world, the fleet flagship. Armed with a myriad of complex andredundant technologies, these modern warriors bring to bear theircollective training, knowledge, and expertise to inform the fleetcommander's critical decisions -- high stakes judgments that must either avert war altogether, or guarantee victory if the shooting does start.
The committed men and women on a fleet commander's staff work in a harshand stressful environment, separated from families, loved ones, andcomforts of home. Like all who travel the road of the human condition,each one has a unique story -- of joy and pain, love and disappointedlove, hopes and fears, triumph and tragedy. Amid the realities of warand threat of war, their human stories become all the more provocativeand inspirational. The fictional FLAGSHIP! series is about thosestories.
A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a classical degree in English, Mike earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His writing draws on twenty years of clinical and military experience as a U.S. Navy physician, including several fleet assignments embarked in naval vessels forward-deployed around the world. From personal immersion with courageous yet sometimes flawed warriors, he portrays the human dramas that challenge military men and women – conflicts often more provocative than combat action. In addition to numerous academic medical articles and monographs, his short story, FINAL LEG, appeared in MilSpeak Memo VII.WI.11.
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