Act of War takes readers deep into the new world of intelligence-focused warfare-and introduces a new hero: 32-year-old army engineer Jason Richter, designer of a whole array of futuristic infantry weapons and devices to hunt down a new breed of enemy. His unlikely partner is FBI Special Agent Kelsey Cornell, a no-nonsense intelligence officer who is caught between two brutal worlds: the terrorists who kill without remorse and Richter's high-tech military hunter-killers who will stop at nothing to destroy them. As the head of a top-secret military unit, code-named Task Force TALON, Richter must lead his group against a cabal of international terrorists-backed by a powerful consortium-who are determined to destabilize the global economy.
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June 30, 2006
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Excerpt from Act of War by Dale Brown
The White House, Washington, D.C.
That same time
The President's National Security Adviser, Robert Hall Chamberlain, strode into the White House Situation Room ahead of a wall of military officers, civilian advisers and analysts, and Secret Service agents. They had to scramble to stay out of Chamberlain's way as he quickly entered the room and took his seat, not at the center of the oblong table but just to the right of the seat apparently reserved for the President of the United States. A former oil executive with TransGlobal Energy, an expert and adviser in foreign affairs and commerce, a wealthy political supporter and friend of the President and many other world leaders, Chamberlain had been described as having the geopolitical savvy of Henry Kissinger, the military affairs expertise of Condoleezza Rice, the wealth of Bill Gates, the charisma of Colin Powell and the ruthlessness of Saddam Hussein.
"All right, let's get started," Chamberlain said brusquely. He was of average height and size, but he made up for his lack of physical stature by his high degree of energy it always seemed as if he had someplace else he had to be; and in this current emergency situation, he was moving twice as fast. "Just to bring you all up to speed: the President, Vice President, most of the Cabinet, and the congressional leadership have been evacuated. The President, his chief of staff, SECDEF, SECSTATE, CJCS, and the congressional leadership went aboard Air Force One; the VP, Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and a few other senior Cabinet officials went aboard a C-37B, the Vice President's transport; the congressional leadership are in alternate secure locations throughout the East Coast. All are safely away and secure, and it is our opinion that the continuity of government has been assured to the best of our ability. As you all know, the President has already made one radio broadcast from Air Force One and plans on making another in a few hours. Except in southern Texas, the nation seems to be as calm as can be expected after a horrifying attack like this."