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Acid Test

LaManna, Ross

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ISBN 10: 0345439929 / ISBN 13: 9780345439925
Published by Ballantine Books May 2001, 2001
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Signed by Author 0345439929 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 007207

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Title: Acid Test

Publisher: Ballantine Books May 2001

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

An action-adventure that rockets around the world, Acid Test is a novel of intense thrills, insider's detail, and unforgettable characters locked in a titanic struggle--as the U.S. and a top Air Force investigator face an enemy they never saw coming.

In a chilling what-if scenario that could come true tomorrow, a ruthless warrior calling himself Batu Khan has forged a menacing new empire across Central Asia and Mongolia. Wedding his primitive killer instincts to a high-tech arsenal, Batu and his merciless armies approach Europe on a tide of terror and butchery. And after discovering a dark secret about the President of the United States, Batu seizes a terrifying advantage.

At the center of this gathering storm is former fighter pilot Matt Wilder, now a counterintelligence operative for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He is currently analyzing a bizarre string of murders committed by solid citizens who suddenly snap--ordinary people who possess almost superhuman strength and unnaturally heightened senses. Wilder's discovery of the shocking truth about these violent outbursts leads to an unforeseen connection to Batu Khan.

When Batu's forces bring the world to the brink of conflagration, only a handful of U.S. military and White House insiders know the true gravity of this ominous situation.

From the remote Mongolian steppes to Washington's corridors of power, from sudden acts of violence to the discipline of America's most highly trained warriors, Acid Test is a novel that conjures up the ultimate test--when there are no fail-safes, no fallbacks, and nothing left to trust but courage itself. . . .

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It's the near future, and Batu Khan, a charismatic and ruthless dictator emulating the tactics and exploits of Genghis Khan, has forged an alliance of central Asian countries that threatens to destabilize the world's balance of power. Meanwhile, a series of seemingly unconnected acts of violence are committed by ordinary people with suddenly superhuman abilities, abilities similar to those exhibited by the Khaldun, Batu Khan's elite soldiers. Matt Wilder, a special investigator for Air Force Intelligence, has firsthand experience with the Khaldun, who have infiltrated the military's top secret testing sites and stolen plans for the air force's newest planes and weapons. When he focuses on what the media dubs the Yuppie Killers, he discovers the one thing they all have in common: a connection with a chemistry professor at Rexford University, and a long-ago experiment with LSD whose effects, 30 years later, are just like those shown by Batu Khan's soldiers.

This page-turner, which spans the globe from the Asian steppes to the Australian desert, features enough hardware to satisfy Tom Clancy fans and plenty of medical science to intrigue Robin Cook's readers. Ross LaManna's Hollywood background (he wrote the screenplay for Jackie Chan's Rush Hour) shows up in the intricate, cinematic plotting--and in the bigger-than-life characterizations of the key players, including the American president, whose own acid flashback almost puts America right in Batu Khan's hands. Explosive, exciting, and hard to put down, Acid Test practically screams Big Screen. --Jane Adams

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