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Protect & Defend/Harry, Eric L./Trade/0340667087/S049-E2
Hodder & Stoughton
Protect & Defend explores the volatile interaction between politics and war. During a US presidential campaign, anarchists force the Russian government into exile and menace the wold's capitals with terrorism. Police crackdowns meant to stifle the onslaught engender rioting in America's streets. Russia plunges into civil war and then, exhausted, simply collapses. NATO is drawn into the Siberian power vacuum under UN auspices and over Asian protests. China begins a general mobilization and, on the eve of the US election, makes its first aggressive move.
The crises - and an assassin's bullets - create chaos for the USA and, during the confusion, the Chinese invade Siberia and try to drive out the western forces. As hard-pressed NATO troops dig into the frozen Siberian soil, the world stands poised on the brink of apocalypse.
Terrorism, civil war, anarchy, and a titanic clash of forces and ideologies on the frozen Eurasian plain form the sweeping global setting against which a brilliantly portrayed cast of characters achieve their dramatic destinies in Eric L. Harry's outstanding epic of near-future conflict.