It's 1972, but not the 1972 we know. Triple sonic B-70 Valkyrie bombers (hence the title) and the backbone of America's Strategic Air Command, India and Japan are heading for war, and in the sidelines an insidious threat looms from the Islamic fundamentalist Caliphate.
In moving the universe of The Big One
forward to 1972 Stuart Slade shows us how the world has developed since the events of The Great Game
. A new government in India is trying to act independently from its Triple Alliance partners, Thailand and Australia, bringing it into conflict with the Empire of Japan, while the Caliphate is trying to take over French ruled Algeria.
Mr Slade portrays a complex world where there are many problems and no easy solutions. Much like the real one in fact. More than one crisis crowds in to trouble the new inexperienced Nixon administration and when one crisis erupts into a local conflict it looks like a wider war may not be far away.
This book is extremely well written and so enjoyable was it that I read it in one setting. Fans of the 'what if' genre will enjoy it, as probably will aviation enthusiasts since it features the great B-70 bomber, which never entered service in the real world. There also do not seem to be the problem of typos that effected earlier novels in this series.
I would heartily recommend this novel; it is certainly head and shoulders above the rest in this genre. I for one am looking forward to the next novel to be published in this series - 'Winter Warriors', which will be set in 1945.