||Military - Officer
R. J. Pineiro
||1994 - 1995
ABOUT THE SERIES
Kevin Dalton is a pilot for the U.S. Navy.
As a young pilot of F-14 Tomcats, Dalton has acquired the nickname of "Crackers" which he hasn't truly earned but he has come close. He is a darn good pilot but is known for taking chances, one of which comes when he wants to get revenge for the death of this commander. This leads to his personal war against Saddam Hussein, or perhaps more accurately, the war Hussein has with Dalton. This conflict comprises the key element of the series but there is much more than just one man's vengeance.
This series is a two-book techno-thriller involving the aftermath of the first Gulf War. Dalton's affairs are but a part of the activities that take place within the pages as glimpses behind the scenes at CIA headquarters, the Pentagon, and the White House are common. There are many elements to the plot lines and many characters who play important roles are introduced and described but Kevin Dalton's role is pivotal and this easily makes him definitely the star of the show.
As the series progresses, Dalton moves from being an officer in the Navy and becomes an agent, in part, for the CIA but the action remains in the Persian Gulf and the principal adversary remains Saddam Hussein. Despite the subsequent real-life events, reading this series is still highly recommended. The tension over the volatile region and the attitude of the people who had to deal with them while thousands of miles from home is well captured. The stories feel like they not only could have happened, they very likely might have.
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