Drop Zone

Drop Zone

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In the pulse-pounding tradition of W.E.B. Griffin and Richard Marcinko, here is a pure adrenaline skydive into enemy territory--written by an Air Force Combat Crewmember who knows firsthand what awaits in the...Drop Zone. Among the U.S. Special Forces' most valued troops are the Air Force's Pararescue Teams--some of the most highly trained soldiers the nation has to offer. Known as PJs, they drop out of C-130s or HH-60G Blackhawks into places no one else can reach. They climb mountains, penetrate jungles, and descend into freezing waters to retrieve the wounded, the dying...and the secrets their government will kill to uncover. Master Sergeant Jason Johnson is one of the best pararescue jumpers around, a man intimately familiar with massive scenes of destruction--from an earthquake-ravaged city in the Philippines to Operation Desert Storm. Outfitted with the military's most sophisticated equipment, Johnson is about to embark on a mission unlike any other. He is about to meet the Brotherhood of Death. Within the world of U.S. covert forces, the Brotherhood is the most shadowy of them all--a handful of warriors trained to act as a precise airborne hit squad. For his latest assignment, Johnson has been teamed up with Kelly Sherwin, a hotshot Marine who once swam from the Persian Gulf into Kuwait's sewer tunnels during Operation Desert Storm. Their mission is to drop behind enemy lines in war-torn Bosnia to find and retrieve evidence of a horrifying war crime: the ethnic cleansing of five thousand civilians through the use of a deadly nerve toxin. From the moment they leap into the swirling Balkan darkness, Johnson and Sherwin enter a landscape of unspeakable destruction and despair...and a mission that goes wrong in every conceivable way. On a race through enemy territory, Johnson is stripped of his HGU helmet, night-vision goggles, survival radio, and GAU-5 machine gun. Somehow he finds the evidence he needs--but only a miracle will bring him out alive. Packed with explosive action and riveting characters, Drop Zone introduces the phenomenal storytelling talent of Michael Salazar. A top-notch military adventure, here is the unforgettable tale of one man's harrowing journey to hell and back again. DROP ZONE introduces Pararescueman Jason Johnson, who has made all the jumps.  But no training can prepare him for his next mission.  He and a member of the Brotherhood of Death--an elite squad of assassins--must infiltrate war-torn Bosnia and bring back a soil sample contaminated with B6B nerve toxin, an agent believed to be responsible for the deaths of thousands now buried in a single mass grave.  Only a sample of the toxin can open the door to an antidote--and a way to protect U.S. troops in the event of a biological war. Told with extraordinary technical expertise, taut with nail-biting suspense, and introducing a phenomenal new storytelling talent, here is action adventure writing at its very best. -->
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780553110241
0553110241
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,24 cm.

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