Arctic Storm Rising

Morrow. (Nick Flynn, Bk. 1). May 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780063015043. $28.99. THRILLER
After 30 previous techno-thrillers starring Patrick McLanahan or his son Bradley, here Brown begins a new series featuring Nick Flynn, an air force captain who is banished to a remote Alaskan outpost after being blamed for a rescue mission fiasco in Libya. As he tries to meld his band of misfits into a working unit at the Alaska outpost, he is unaware of the international forces converging on their remote setting, in the middle of a raging blizzard. A Russian pilot, backed by a wealthy oligarch, has flown a top-secret, nuclear-armed stealth bomber prototype into the Alaskan wilderness and is demanding billions in ransom from Russia and the United States. Both nations are desperate to find the plane, but the weather conditions mean that only Flynn’s ragtag band is available to fight an elite Spetsnaz commando force. Flynn and his crew must parachute at night in a winter storm and race to find the plane in order to prevent a nuclear war.
VERDICT Filled with detailed descriptions of weapons and aircraft, as well as Brown’s trademark action and suspense, this series starter should take off like its numerous predecessors.
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