A Northern Thunder by Andy Harp

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North Korea, a Communist nation in desperate financial straits, concentrates its military resources on a scientist bent on swiftly creating missile technology that can: a) take out other countries satellites in space; b) disseminate nuclear payloads to all parts of the earth, thus giving it the power to extort trillions from the rest of the world; and c) be sold to terrorists and rogue nations at exceedingly high prices.
To protect its investment, North Korea takes no chances. A super-skilled North Korean assassin with the latest lethal methods is dispatched to secretly kill the scientist s worldwide competitors.
Meantime, the U.S. military plucks Marine reservist Will Parker from retirement. His mission? Penetrate dangerous North Korea, and flesh out its leading military scientist from an entourage of three doppelgangers Parker roomed with the real guy his freshman year in college.
At the same time, with the help of a North Korean asset, the FBI finally connects the dots, and starts on the trail of the North Korean assassin, hoping to catch him before he kills again.
It s a corker of a well-paced story that makes you feel like you re there. And why not? Harp, a retired USMC colonel and longtime member of the Reserves, gives his protagonist an in-depth backstory and special set of characteristics that a broad audience can relate to and appreciate. He tells the story of a longtime military man relearning to do the right thing for the right reasons. He populates A Northern Thunder with some mind-blowing military technology all little known, but actually in existence. And his North Korean theme and milieu couldn t be more timely or more important and will remain so for decades. Plus, Harp s A Northern Thunder springs straight from the real world. The threat to the world s satellites is acutely and officially recognized by the United States, among others.
With tons of action, intrigue, character, romance, and deception, A Northern Thunder has everything a good spy story needs. It s a riveting military thriller/spy novel, written in the much-praised tradition of Tom Clancy s very best work.

About Andy Harp

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Born in a small Arkansas town, Andy Harp grew up in rural New Jersey, the son of a WW2 veteran. A high school track star, he earned a full athletic scholarship to American University in Washington, D.C. After college and some extensive travels in Europe, he did an active duty tour with the Marine Corps, during which he was a leader of a small group of mountain and artic-trained instructors. After graduating from law school at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, he served as an assistant district attorney, where he prosecuted felonies. A civil trial attorney thereafter, he has participated in cases in more than eight states, from Texas to Florida, in a practice built around the representation of injured railroad workers. During nearly thirty years spent in the U.S, Marine Corps Reserves, Harp rose to the level of colonel and served in the Persian Gulf, Central America, Europe, Korea, and the Pentagon. He was mobilized for ?Operation Enduring Freedom??the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan?where he was the Officer in Charge of the Marines? Crisis Action Team for Marine Forces Central Command and Marine Forces Pacific. He lives with his wife in Columbus, Georgia. They have four children. A Northern Thunder, his first book, is to be followed by another Will Parker military thriller, entitled The Megiddo Factor.
Published October 10, 2007 by Bancroft Press. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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