Within the world there is a group that would like to control the worlds population and have autonomy over the military resources and economic decisions and literally obliterating democracy. The political arena has changed and there is no longer an election process decided by the people. Every two years a president is selected from a list. The new president is called before the inauguration the selected president or the president selected.
Susan Turner quibbles with whether to accept the nomination and become the president. Her children and parents support her decision to accept. But, within her own administration there are some whose placement has been compromised and whose role is to bring down SUSAN as president and create an aura of doubt in the minds of the American people and even create lies deceptions and fake news to foster her impeachment.
Vice President Wilkes remains as pasty of her team but not for the purpose of supporting the new president. Blackmail and corruption are at the heart of the novel as his actions and decisions are fostered and controlled by a man named jack Anderson whose agenda when revealed will instill doubt fear and uncertainty in the minds of those close to the administration. SUSAN turners selection was meant to bring her down prove her weak and create doubt in her abilities to run the country.
Mason Adams is her chief of staff well grounded well organized and not one of her staunch supporters. General Gillingham is one of her strategic and military advisors what is his goal?
What would happen if the United States and Russia were at war? What would happen if the target the Ukraine and instigate then into thinking they have control over the pipeline being built across their country and allow them to think they would profit from the arrangement. What happens when two us colonels are kidnapped and the Russians are behind it but a Chechen terrorist is holding them? What happens when SUSAN does it take direct military action against this? Creating her own plan of action fails when implemented and doubt hangs over whether she is doing her job or can. General Curtis Lemae is her mentor and guide but will they see through the lies and manipulations of those close to her?
As a former helicopter pilot, Susan Turner was selected to become the next President of the United States. But, having spent time in the service and coming dealing with her own insecurities, PTSD, panic attacks and at times inability to make crucial decisions on her own, her first order of business is to avoid nuclear war and stop what someone has put in place in order to destroy our freedoms.
The Soviets might be supplying arms to the Ukrainian separatist movement and they are also using cyber warfare tactics to sway public opinion in favor of the separatist movement. President Wilkes authorized the use of a Special Forces reconnaissance team on the Ukrainian border with the Soviet Union who was tasked with reconnaissance on the border crossing.
Soviet soldiers are disguised as Ukrainians and using their uniforms and equipment. Will Susan allow the team on the ground to initiate a covert air strike targeting the Soviet tank and artillery units? This is where things get serious as Vice President Wilkes and General Gillingham both have a stake in her decision but not in a strategic way.
Susan decides against it and the decision is not widely accepted making Wilkes feel belittled. General LeMae is the one person that she feels she can trust but things get even more out of hand when documents are leaked, the Russian President becomes more active and the KGB director’s voice is heard. But, can anyone trust anyone in regard to the fact that two fighter pilots are in the custody of Chechens and their lives are in danger and how will Susan get them back?
Russia’s plan was to gain control of the oil and gas natural resources in the Ukraine. The goal was to build a pipeline through the Ukraine, Belarus and Lativa for distribution. The construction would be immediate and the jobs it generated would go on for generations. He started moving ground troops toward the Soviet border with those countries anticipating violence. Thinking it would overpower them by showing a group show of force and a lower probability of retaliation from the Americans and their allies.
Mr. Jones had fake identities and just who was this man when he entered the elementary school attended by Greg Turner. His goal was to kidnap him but the boy was clever and the mission aborted.
Senator Reynolds and Ambassador Dashkov are supposed to be Susan’s liaisons with the Russians but just which one can be trusted and who might be working for the other side? Dashkov phoned Rosinski the Russian President why would he debrief him on the meeting? The problem related is that Susan wants to secure air space on the Ukrainian border to launch a rescue mission for the pilots and he explained, that is the Ambassador, that under no circumstances at all would we allow the U.S. military free passage to kill Soviets within our borders. Needless to say the reaction of the Russian President and the mission created by Susan turned out to be more than catastrophic and embarrassing for her and her administration.
Gaxprom, Inc, is a public corporation responsible for all drilling, refining, storage and exportation of the natural gas in the Soviet Union. They are a publically traded corporation on stock exchanges worldwide, but the Soviet government has the largest amount of shares. The CEO is Ivan Ritkov and the meeting taking place deals with the failed attempt to rescue the fighter pilots and the deaths of five employees of this company.
Hidden deep within this novel is a covert, shadow organization called the Board run by Pacific International who remains under the radar and who realizes that Susan does not always think through her choices and decisions hoping to bring her down. Goal: to manipulate geo-political events to create a war between the United States and the Soviet Union. Will the Ukrainian people fall in line with the agenda set out by the Soviet Union? Director Tremonov elaborated on the cyber warfare group on the American public and the extreme anti-Soviet groups gaining support and pushing for Soviet intervention. Things change as the Soviets decide to create their own mission to supposedly free the pilots and return them but what happens as the plan takes hold will make Americans proud of their own men.
Then, Pacific International comes to light and the fact that the Soviet Union has activated huge numbers of reserve troops and seems to be moving them to the western borders with Ukraine, Lavtia and Belarus. LeMae speculates that it has something to with the annexation of Crimea and the pipeline. While Vice President and Mr. Jones had their own clandestine meeting and things are revealed and the VP has to make some huge choices.
Deceits are revealed, betrayals and deceptions come to the forefront as Susan Turner has to face her own issues and try to work past her fears, her failures and realize that she is in a powerful position to make a difference for the American people but she cannot fold in anger and her PTSD cannot take hold of her. With the lives of everyone at stake a terror attack during one of her speeches set off by a car bomb and two others in two different locations, things spiral out of control and just who is responsible for these bombs has yet to be revealed as Russia is blamed for leaked documents how will she handle that? Someone is leaking information and a reporter’s question sets things in motion and someone wants to start impeachment hearings. With over 10 gigabytes of documents that were leaked and the media focused on information sent from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which indicates the U.S., has a spy working in the Russian President’s inner circle. Even though she confirmed that is not true does not stop what is happening in the media. Claiming teams of KGB undercover agents are living in America and posing as Americans but are really spies. Getting on the podium to address the issue and then the bombs went off. After learning more about the ramifications, how many deaths and the two other bombings Susan literally comes apart. Anderson has his own agenda in mind and although the President of Russia seems to think that he is an ally and has decided to sign a contract agreement hoping that Gazprom can help get their pipeline operations in the Ukraine, Lativa and Belarus the end result of the entire alliance will shock readers as no one is to be trusted. Will the American’s want revenge for the attacks? Did the Russians play a part? Pacific International controlled the media outlets and now Anderson thinks that he can get the message to the media and take Susan and the U.S. down. Explaining the project and that Gazprom will be removing the security and logistics risk and Pacific International deals with these types of problems and now will Rosinski agree to partner with them and Anderson? Is Democracy an outdated concept and what will happen if Anderson succeeds?
Susan comes face to face with those in her administration that have leaked information, how the leaked documents, the strategic nature of the attacks and the Soviet National anthem played on a national news network after the attacks she assumed it was the Soviet Union that is responsible but was someone orchestrating it?
So, how did Pacific International become the sole provider of logistics and infrastructure support to the United States government? Who sold out and went to the other side? Just how powerful is The Board who is behind Pacific International and just who is Jack Anderson? When Susan learns exactly do betrayed her confidence and who is tied to Anderson she comes up with a plan that she hopes will unite Russia, China and benefit the Chinese, Ukraine, Lativa and Belarus. But will it work? An ending that will create pause for thought and her final attempt at peace held in the balance as you read the epilogue. What happens next will be revealed when author J.Allen Wolfrum pens the next chapter in the lives of all present in this one.
This book was so engrossing that I read it one day because I could not put it down!!! Looking forward to reading more from this author.