What happens to an automatic nuclear response system when an asteroid hits Siberia, causing destruction similar to multiple hydrogen bombs? And can a multi-national special forces team survive the inferno, let alone disarm the threat? It sounds a really promising subject for a military thriller, but this book just doesn't deliver on its promise. When I first read Harold Coyle's "Team Yankee", I was enthralled. Set in a similar situation to Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising", Coyle's book zoomed in on a single US armoured unit and followed its fortunes throughout the whole of a Soviet attack on Western Europe. Although obviously of interest only to war story fans, "Team Yankee" was as close to perfect of its kind as I ever hope to read. OK, so how does "Dead Hand" compare? The concept is just as good, and rather more imaginative. Even the plotting makes sense, but my enjoyment of the book was completely spoiled by what I can only describe as very poor writing. How could this book have been written by the author of "Team Yankee"? I can only imagine it was written in a tearing hurry, or under some similar difficulty. Infelicities abound; much of the dialogue (like Clancy's in his last one or two books) rings false; and foreign words are frequently misspelt. If you think I am exaggerating, by all means try your look with this book. I actually threw my copy away after reading about half of it - something I hardly ever do.