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Storming Intrepid

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Storming Intrepid
Hijack, Betrayal, Murder -- The Ultimate Suspense

In this classic Cold War novel, Payne Harrison straps you in for a techno-thriller ride as the superpowers square off to control the strategic high ground of space.
  Crippled and silent, the Intrepid orbits the earth. On board is a military payload so secret that only the most senior defense and intelligence officials know of its existence. But as Space Command mounts a mission to rescue a crew they fear is dead, a spy satellite eavesdrops on an astounding transmission between the shuttle and a ground station deep in the heart of the Soviet Union.
  An SR-71 Blackbird spyplane is scrambled to brave the full fury of the Soviet air defense forces, and confirms a horrific suspicion. The shuttle and its irreplaceable payload are under Russian control!

“Well researched and expertly written.”
-- New York Times

“Run, do not walk, to the bookstore.”
-- UPI

“ZOWIE! Storming Intrepid cost me a night’s sleep.”
-- Stephen Coonts
Author of Final Flight


  A native Texan, Payne Harrison admits to having a "jaded past" as a newspaper reporter. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. from SMU, and served as an officer with the U.S. Army in Europe.
  His journey to being a New York Times bestselling author started with his sending an excerpt of his book STORMING INTREPID to a New York publishing house, unsolicited and without an agent. That led to a multi-book publishing deal, an appearance on the TODAY show, hitting the Times list, and a paperback auction.
  He has had a dual career as a novelist and a forensic litigation consultant, which has required him to use "both hemispheres of the brain."
  He and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 01, 1988 – With its evil-empire depiction of the Soviet Union and obsessive emphasis on the latest and best American military equipment, this first novel owes a heavy debt to Tom Clancy, but manages to carve out its own niche in the technothriller genre. In the author's version of the near-future, the lame duck American president (all but identified as Lee Iacocca) is using the revived space shuttle program to deploy the ``Star Wars'' defense system. Meanwhile, certain powers in Moscow, beset by Kremlin infighting and conspiracy, see their government's chance for military parity eroding and resort to a desperate measureplanting a psychotic Soviet-trained agent on the U.S. shuttle crew delivering the Star Wars payload. When the spy murders his fellow astronauts and radios Russia, NASA begins a race into space to destroy the shuttle before it reaches enemy hands. Harrison's prose is only serviceable and often much worse; he runs on for pages about a telescope or a bomber, but doesn't describe a major character beyond calling him ``very big, very black and very, very smart.'' But his plotting is better, gathering speed as it goes and saving some effective surprises for the end. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo.
Storming Intrepid
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jun 18, 2017
  • Publisher: Vault Publishing
  • Seller: Payne Harrison
  • Print Length: 702 Pages
  • Language: English
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