By Dale Brown
In army circles it is referred to as Air conflict Force—an air wrestle unit of the longer term, lower than the command of aerial conflict specialist significant normal Patrick McLanahan, able to launching stealthy, precision-guided firepower to wherever at the globe inside hours. And now McLanahan and his warriors have their first target.
Driven from Afghanistan, the parasitic forces of the deposed Taliban regime have determined to feed on a brand new host—an remoted, oil-rich imperative Asian neighbor that is ripe for the conquering. The conflict for regulate of the world's greatest oil deposits has all started, with unsteady alliances forming and opposing forces set to collide. And now a handful of yankee commandos part a global away, aided by means of McLan-ahan's unproven robot warplanes, must triumph opposed to overwhelming numbers in a warfare that nobody—including "friendly" forces at home—wants them to win.
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