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Dark Winter: A Jake Mahegan Thriller #5

Anthony J. Tata

ISBN 9781496717900
Publish Date 10/30/2018
Format Hardcover
Categories Thriller/Suspense, Action, Kensington
List Price: $26.00

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“Tata is in the top tier of thriller writers working today.” —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author of Agent in Place

In a blistering scenario almost too close to the headlines, former Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata delivers a chillingly authentic glimpse of tomorrow’s wars—and the anonymous hackers who hold the fate of the world at their fingertips . . .

By the time anyone realizes what’s happening, it is too late. A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the U.S. military, unleashing chaos across the globe. U.S. missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America’s enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korean destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan.

Phase 1 of ComWar is complete.

Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar—aka Computer Optimized Warfare—and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. Mahegan knows it’s a virtual suicide mission. There are three ComWar headquarters, each hidden deep underground in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Each contains a human biometric nuclear key that the team must capture to shut down the imminent nuclear strikes. Splitting up the team is Mahegan’s only chance to prevent the next wave of cyber attacks. But even that won’t stop the sleeper cell agents—here in the United States . . .

When Phase 2 ends, World War III begins.

“Tata excels at jet-fueled action and scenes in which the principals discuss fascinating global war strategy.” - Publishers Weekly on Dark Winter

“Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Tata brings back Jake Mahegan for another realistic, high-stakes military adventure…A very readable and contemporary military action story.”– Kirkus Reviews on Dark Winter

“Tata has taken elements of the world’s political stage and mixed them brilliantly with a virtual treatise on cybersecurity. Throw in a charismatic villain steering the game, and you have all the elements in place for a classic, high-adventure technothriller. The open-ended conclusion will leave readers hanging, but that will only make them wish that Tata could please write faster. This is the best thriller yet by the former brigadier general.” – Booklist on Dark Winter

“Responding to a U.S. military computer-system failure, an elite group of American operatives must prevent pending nuclear strikes. Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Tata (Direct Fire, 2017, etc.) brings back Jake Mahegan for another realistic, high-stakes military adventure…the narrative is believable, and the main characters… get into copious amounts of action. A very readable and contemporary military action story.” – Kirkus Reviews on Dark Winter

“If you are a fan of military thrillers who likes the action peppered with authentic weapons details like the proper model of Apache helicopter in use or the muzzle velocity of an AK-47 aimed at the hero and his lady, there’s a new cliff-hanging dystopian tale you’ll want to put on your “to read” list. Retired General Anthony J. Tata is back with a new challenge for his hunky hero Jake Mahegan. This time, Mehegan is up against a Messianic supervillain who is also a super billionaire. A self-taught coder who’s forgotten more about hacking than most experts know, he wants the messy world to adopt his vision for a more orderly existence. His plan: a few massive nuclear explosions here and there to get people’s attention as he emerges as their savior. If you got scared by all the stories about Russian hacking of U.S. elections, Tata lays out the ultimate hacking threat: enemy control of nuclear weapons systems. No breathing room here for those who might want to pause the page turning to get some sleep. You won’t know how things come out until the very last sentence and won’t be satisfied till you get there.” — Patrick Oster, author of “The Hacker Chronicles,” a cyber thriller on Dark Winter

Praise for Anthony J. Tata’s Direct Fire, A Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017 selection

“Anthony J. Tata is in the top tier of thriller writers working today. His books are absolute rollercoaster rides and he brings a pace and scope to his novels that make them especially fun and fascinating reads.” —Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Agent in Place and Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

“The high-octane action scenes make this a must-read for military thriller fans.” —Publishers Weekly

“Horrific at times, spine-tingling throughout, Tata once again proves capable of writing a firestorm that’s even scarier because it is all too real.” —Suspense Magazine

“Tata does a wonderful job balancing the action with the characters and generates a sense of claustrophobia that only adds to the tension. Fans of books set in the world of special ops will surely enjoy this one.” —Booklist

“Tata has taken elements of the world’s political stage and mixed them brilliantly with a virtual treatise on cybersecurity. Throw in a charismatic villain steering the game, and you have all the elements in place for a classic, high-adventure technothriller. The open-ended conclusion will leave readers hanging, but that will only make them wish that Tata could please write faster. This is the best thriller yet by the former brigadier general.”– Booklist STARRED REVIEW

More Praise for Anthony 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. . . . The perfect mix of style and substance that’s as ambitiously plotted as it is exquisitely realized.” —Jon Land, The Providence Sunday Journal

About Anthony 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 is a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News, CNN, 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.

Brigadier General Tata donates a portion of his earnings to the USO Metro DC, the North Carolina Heroes Fund, and the Michael Murphy Foundation.

Photo Credit: Christer Berg Photography


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