The USS Gerald R. Ford is America’s newest and most powerful aircraft carrier, an incredible mobile weapons platform that can spread US influence across the globe. But just as she is about to enter joint exercises with the Chinese navy, there is a military coup which results in a new Chinese government led by the megalomaniacal General Wu, who immediately orders the launch of the feared ‘Eastern Wind’ anti-ship missile.
The strike leaves the US carrier crippled in the middle of the East China Sea, her crew of thousands held hostage by further missile strikes. The US military is unable to respond, leaving China free to attack and reclaim Taiwan, with Japan also in their sights.
Due to the threat of nuclear reprisals, US President Ellen Abrams cannot order a conventional military response, and so she calls on Force One, a shadowy covert action group led by Mark Cole, to avert this global catastrophe.
Against tremendous odds, Cole and his team have to infiltrate China, a police state home to the world’s largest standing military, and rescue the remaining members of her old government from the depths of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
When the situation further deteriorates, Cole is forced to go back to Beijing to try and assassinate General Wu; but Wu is gone, fled to the secret ‘Great Wall Project’ under the remote Taihang Mountains, a five thousand mile tunnel network hiding China’s huge nuclear stockpile.
And Cole knows that if he doesn’t stop the man in time, it won’t be just the crew of the USS Ford that is at risk; the whole world will be threatened with total annihilation.
‘Mark Cole is Bond’s US cousin mixed with the balls out action and killing edge of Jason Bourne’ – Parmenion Books
J.T. Brannan is the author of high-concept action thrillers WHATEVER THE COST, STOP AT NOTHING (No. 1 Amazon Best Seller – Political Thrillers and Suspense), ORIGIN (translated into eight languages in over thirty territories) and EXTINCTION (his latest all-action novel from Headline Publishing), as well as the sci-fi action short story DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS.
Trained as a British Army officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, before deciding to pursue a writing career, he is a former national Karate champion and bouncer.
He now writes full-time, and teaches martial arts in Harrogate, in the North of England, where he lives with his wife and two young children.
He is currently working on the next novel in the bestselling Mark Cole series.