Balance of Power by James W. Huston
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Off the coast of Indonesia, an American cargo ship has been seized by terrorists, its captain kidnapped and its crew mercilessly slaughtered. In Washington, a peace-loving President's refusal to punish the transgressors has enraged the sitting Congress, led by a wrathful Speaker of the House.

An ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon has discovered a time bomb hidden away in America's Constitution—a provision that could be used to wrest power from the Chief Executive, a long-forgotten law that could incite a devastating constitutional crisis . . . and plunge the country into chaos.

Now, as a battle group steams toward a fateful confrontation in the Java Sea—commissioned by Congress and opposed by the President—Dillon finds himself in the center of a firestorm that rages from the highest court in the land to the killing fields half a world away. Suddenly there is much more at stake than the life of a single surviving hostage and a superpower's military credibility—as a great nation prepares for war . . . against itself.

 

About James W. Huston

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A graduate of TOPGUN, James W. Huston flew F-14s off the USS Nimitz with the Jolly Rogers. He served as a naval flight officer and worked in Naval Intelligence before becoming a lawyer and the acclaimed author of "The Shadows of Power, Balance of Power, The Price of Power, Flash Point, "and "Fallout." He lives in San Diego, California.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 464 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Action & Adventure, Business & Economics, History, Travel. Fiction

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When the terrorists--apparently a group of anti-American Muslims—release a videotape of the captured captain to CNN, Stanbridge, a grandstanding conservative Californian, surfs the wave of public indignation and gets Congress to issue that letter of marque to a bunch of gung-ho Navy brass who wan...

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A lot happens, to no great purpose, in this lackluster debut from former Navy pilot Huston. When Indonesians hijack an American freighter and kill the crew, the president refuses to retaliate. So the

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So the speaker of the house moves for impeachment on the grounds that the president is a closet Mennonite and pacifist, while his young aide Jim Dillon helps revive the congressional Letters of Marque and Reprisal--i.e., privateer commissions--to punish the hijackers, thus setting off a minor civ...

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When a Navy SEAL team arrives at this ship it appears that all of those serving on this merchant ship were handcuffed to the ship and shot in the head, except the captain who is missing.

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Huston may be stepping into territory dominated by Tom Clancy, but Huston more than stands his ground with an international crisis involving all three branches of government as they fight for control of the military.

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