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ISBN 10: 1587361256 / ISBN 13: 9781587361258
Published by Hats Off Books, 2003
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Title: Backfire

Publisher: Hats Off Books

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition:Very Good

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A Russian Tupolev Backfire bomber leaves Cuba on a secret mission, carrying eight nuclear weapons. With an escort of two Mig-29 fighters and two navy F-14 Tomcats, the Backfire plans to fly its usual route into the Gulf of Mexico. But no one predicted that two Cuban rebels would sabotage the plane by hiding a homemade bomb in the plane’s cockpit.

The flight proceeds as normal—until the bomb explodes. With the pilot half-alive and the rest of the crew dead, the failsafe system malfunctions, causing the Backfire to drop its deadly cargo over the Louisiana coast. A platoon of marines and two weapons scientists have only 24 hours to disarm eight nuclear bombs. Can they do it in time?

Meanwhile, a massive hurricane named Evita is making her way toward the coast, consuming everything in her path, and the Russians are faced with political turmoil in Cuba. Power-hungry General Morales attempts to seize control while President Castro is out of the country. Will the combination of Russian and loyal Cuban forces be enough to stop Morales?

How will this long day end? Will Cuba’s government fall? Will Evita prevent the Marine Corps from disarming the weapons? Or will they be successful in stopping a potential nuclear firestorm?

Danger has been brought to America by the Backfire!

About the Author:

Steve Simmons is a long-time aficionado and researcher of military weapons information, tactics, theories, and historical events. His early interest began because of his father, a navy chief who saw action in WWII and Korea. It continued when he joined the Marine Corps in 1962, following the footsteps of his brother Dick. Steve is an avid reader, researcher, and imaginer. This story grew out of years of research--and Steve’s great imagination.

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