It was often said of Tom Clancy "how does he know all this stuff?" well one thing he clearly didn't know about was the role and function of Special Forces as they almost never appeared in his mainstream novels and I call the very poor 'Rainbow Six' as Exhibit A in defence of my assertion. And yet, Clancy is one of the most successful novelists of all time because he got most things right and told a brilliant story. Dick Couch can do these things too, his scene setting and character interaction are as good as any other, his plotting is immaculate and credible, but where he rises above all others, with the possible exception of Andy McNab and his ilk, is by the application of his intimate knowledge of special operations, the men and their mission capabilities. This of course is because he has been there, done it, and remains involved. His novels deserve to be up there with the best sellers. As for this particular tale, it has so much going on that a brief summary cannot do it justice, just read it.