Fancy electronics, minimal characterization--in a heavy-on-the-hardware disaster novel. Something has gone wrong with the TV sets on the West Coast--they're blowing up--and Dr. Michael Zelman of the Pentagon's Branch D is called in to resolve the horror. . . especially when three people are killed by an exploding movie camera. Soon, then, Zelman and assistant Judith Ricci are wondering about missiles, investigating the strange, bloody crash of a Boeing 707 transport. Are the Soviets trying to introduce ""electromagnetic anarchy""? Or is it our own N-RPV (Naval Remote Pilotless Vehicle)--a secret mini-weapon now being fired off in the Pacific? And what will happen when 20 RPVs are accidentally released, each holding 400 explosive projectiles and headed for the California coast for a massive deathwave? Stick-figure aviation suspense--but a few electronics buffs may appreciate such elaborate concoctions as a microwave duel between US and Soviet satellites.