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Direct Fire: A Jake Mahegan Thriller #4

A. J. Tata

ISBN 9781496706645
Publish Date 12/26/2017
Format Hardcover
Categories Action, Political, Thriller/Suspense, Kensington
List Price: $25.00
Upcoming December 26, 2017

A.J. Tata appeared at the Barr Library in Ft. Knox, KY in early June. Watch the interview here.

Packed with high-powered action and stunning authenticity, the novels of Brigadier General A.J. Tata have won widespread acclaim from the bestselling masters of suspense. In Direct Fire, he brings the war on terror to America—with his hero, Jake Mahegan, caught in the crossfire. . . .

A powerful banker, gunned down in cold blood. A military family, senselessly slaughtered as they sleep. A four-star general, hacked and framed by virtual assassins. Another key general, kidnapped from his farm near Fort Bragg. Atrocities like these are all too common in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is the United States of America . . .

When Jake Mahegan receives a distress call from General Savage in North Carolina, he rushes to the commander’s home—and walks right into an ambush. When the smoke clears, Mahegan is alive but the implications of the attack are as absolute as death: The terrorists are here . . . and no one is safe. Joining forces with Savage’s combat JAG officer, Alexandra Russell, Mahegan follows the trail to a killer who goes by the name “Jackknife,” a Syrian refugee-turned-terrorist who vows to avenge the bombing of a Syrian wedding—by killing as many Americans as possible.

But time is running out for Mahegan. Terrorist cells are gathering in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hackers are emptying the nation’s banks of millions of dollars. And their final act of vengeance will bring the whole world to its knees. For Mahegan, it’s time to kill. Now.

"Direct Fire is a relentless, action-packed thriller that screams with been-there-done-that authenticity, elevating A.J. Tata’s series to the likes of Brad Thor, Ben Coes, and Mark Greaney. A compelling story, certifiably un-putdownable.” --The Real Book Spy

Praise for A.J. Tata and his electrifying thrillers

“Anthony Tata ups his game to a whole new level in Three Minutes to Midnight, which just might be the best pure, hardcore thriller of the year so far. It’s Brad Thor and the late, great Vince Flynn mixed with a heavy dose of C.J. Box and James W. Hall. The perfect mix of style and substance that’s as ambitiously plotted as it is exquisitely realized.” —Jon Land, The Providence Sunday Journal

“Riveting . . . Mahegan stands out from the crowd of usual thriller heroes . . . Vivid descriptions of close-quarters combat are detailed enough to be instructional and Tata keeps the story twisting to the rousing final pages.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Tata writes with a gripping and gritty authority.” —Richard North Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Absolutely fantastic . . . pulse-pounding.” —Brad Thor

“An explosive, seat of your pants thriller!”—W.E.B. Griffin

“Topical, frightening, possible.” —James Rollins

“General Tata’s story mixes high-threat combat with an intriguing and surprising mystery…a fascinating read.” —Larry Bond

“Powerful and timely. Great stuff!”—John Lescroart

“Written by a man who’s ‘been there,’ this vibrant thriller will take you to places as frightening as the darkest secrets behind tomorrow’s headlines.”—Ralph Peters

“Crackling with action and tension.”—Steve Berry

About A. J. Tata:

A.J. Tata appeared at the Barr Library in Ft. Knox, KY in early June. Watch the interview here.

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, U.S. Army (Retired), commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2007 where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Sudden Threat, Rogue Threat, and Hidden Threat. He has been a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News, CBS News, and The Daily Buzz. NBC’s Today Show featured General Tata’s career transition from the army to education leadership where he has served as the Chief Operations Officer of Washington, DC Public Schools for firebrand Chancellor Michelle Rhee and as the Superintendent of the 16th largest school district in the nation in Wake County/Raleigh, NC.

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