In the wake of a collapsed marriage and three stressful tours at sea, Lieutenant-Commander Dan Lenson is ordered to shore duty in Washington. He's been handpicked by Rear Admiral "Nick" Niles for a high-priority, top-secret assignment: help design, test, and deploy the trouble-prone new Tomahawk cruise missile aboard the newly-reactivated Iowa-class battleships. But as Dan moves into the thick of weapons-acquisition politics, he discovers the new missile has powerful enemies, determined to destroy it and him. Leaks from the program suggest a spy is at work, and Dan comes under suspicion. Meanwhile, he finds himself falling unexpectedly -- and perhaps unwisely -- in love with Kerry Donavan, a Plowshares activist on trial for her protests. Dan's response to her mysterious murder on a Potomac towpath challenges his core beliefs as he struggles with the defense establishment, Congress, the Air Force, Chinese spies, and finally Libya to develop Tomahawk from a crash-prone failure into a deadly weapon.
Author: David Poyer
Series: Dan Lenson
First Published by: St. Martin's Press
Date: April 1998