By Dale Brown
New York Times bestselling writer Dale Brown--"the top army author within the country" (Clive Cussler)--is again with Starfire, a masterful army mystery that explores a destiny all too attainable and all too shut: the weaponization of space.
With the dying of his heroic father, bomber and house struggle veteran Patrick McLanahan, Bradley McLanahan needs to now fly solo, top a staff of younger engineers designing Starfire, the world's first orbiting solar energy plant.
Starfire won't simply bring limitless and cheap electrical energy at any place on planet Earth, it could possibly additionally transmit strength to the moon, or even to spacecraft and asteroids. It's an important first step within the exploration of the sunlight approach, and Bradley and his crew are at the slicing edge.
But U.S. president Kenneth Phoenix’s plans to militarize and industrialize Earth’s orbit sparks an fingers race in area that eclipses the darkest and such a lot terrifying days of the chilly warfare. ahead of he can hinder it, Bradley and his staff are stuck on the middle of a conflict that threatens to develop into an all-out international clash for regulate of house.
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