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.
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Published October 10, 2007
by Bancroft Press.
Literature & Fiction.