General Amir Taleh, chief of staff of the Iranian Army, saw a different path. Trained in the US under the Shah, jailed during the revolution, but freed to fight after Iraq attacked, he had risen to become Iran’s top soldier, the Chief of staff of the Army. Instead of attracting America’s anger and retaliation with symbolic attacks, Taleh launches a plan for a terror campaign inside the US borders, but masquerading as attacks by American domestic terrorists. And instead of ardent but inexperienced civilians, his campaign would be carried out by Iranian special forces troops, masquerading as civilians.
The attacks begin and quickly sow panic in the US population. Each attack is deadly, unexpected, and entirely different from the ones before: A bomb in an amusement part, a virus in the phone system, an airliner shot down, and all signs lead to a domestic terror group, and away from Iran.
Peter Thorn, a colonel in Delta Force, and Helen Gray, the first female leader of the FBI’s Hostage rescue team, are in the forefront of the action, first defending against the vicious attacks and then helping uncover the Iranian deception plan. They discover that not only is Iran behind the violence, the campaign has a larger purpose: to distract and occupy the US leadership and military while Iran launches a surprise attack on Saudi Arabia. Control of its arch-enemy would give Iran control over half of the Persian Gulf’s oil output, as well as a stranglehold on the Straits of Hormuz.
It falls to Peter to lead a desperate assault on the Iranian Army’s headquarters that will disrupt the invasion and eliminate the mastermind behind the campaign at home.