Anthony J. "Tony" Tata has led a busy life. The West Point graduate served 28 years in the U.S. Army, rising to brigadier general. Among other postings, he served with the 82nd Airborne, was deputy commander of the 10th Mountain Division and deputy commander of the joint task force in Afghanistan.
After retiring, Tata was superintendent of Wake County Schools and, for two years, North Carolina's secretary of transportation under Gov. Pat McCrory.
Between all this, Tata has found time to write nine novels, primarily military thrillers. His latest, "Dark Winter," came out at the end of October from Kensington Books. Tata's hero is Jake Mahegan, a 6-foot-6 Croatan Indian from the Outer Banks and a former Delta Force captain. Now, he troubleshoots for Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.
Mahegan has a lot of trouble to shoot. In "Besieged," he had to deal with armed drones attacking the State Port at Wilmington and booby-trapped, driverless cars plowing along local roadways. (Tata, who's known to surf at Wrightsville Beach, often uses local settings.) In "Three Minutes to Midnight," terrorists try to blow up the Brunswick Nuclear Plant. In "Direct Fire," hackers planted a worm in the nation's GPS systems.
For "Dark Winter," however, Tata ups the ante. This time, hackers get into the Pentagon's systems. Missiles misfire. Power grids shut down. And the Russians, Iranians and North Koreans all simultaneously go on the attack.
Behind all this is a Silicon Valley uber-tycoon who wants to advance globalism, essentially, by eliminating nation-states in World War III.
To thwart the plan, Mahegan somehow has to shut down the attack's closely-guarded HQs deep in Russia, Iran and North Korea. It's a non-virtual suicide mission.
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