Ringing changes on the Oklahoma City bombing, military thriller author Coyle (Dead Hand, 2001, etc.) spins a tale of Idaho “freedom fighters” demanding secession. Former combat engineer Dale Stoner blames the loss of his health, sanity, and wife on Gulf War Syndrome and feels ignored by the government, so he blows up the Robert Dole federal building in Kansas City with homemade RDX explosive. Now the Fifth Brigade, a rebel band of so-called patriots in Wyoming, is surrounded, abortively, by the FBI and Wyoming National Guard. Should the rebels be accused of blowing up the Dole building? Recent VMI grad Lt. Nathan Dixon, son of Major General Scott Dixon and stepson of TV journalist Jan Fields-Dixon, finds himself in Boise serving under Colonel Nancy Kozak, a weekend warrior with the Idaho National Guard. Why? Idaho’s Governor Thomas Jefferson Osborn, saddled up for state’s rights and siding with the embattled Wyoming rebels, thinks it’s time for God-fearing men to stand up against a government that has abandoned the Constitution. When shove comes to shove, and the capital in Boise is under siege, how will Kozak and young Dixon take on the rebels? Will General Dixon’s tank cavalry charge to the rescue, as cavalry must?
Spit-polished military fiction for hardware fans.