The Red Horseman

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Jake Grafton, despite his new position as Deputy Director of Defense Intelligence Agency, is once again in the thick of things. It begins innocently enough, at least as innocently as any of his adventures do, with the revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency is once again involved in a project which bids fair not only to aid the international forces of catastrophe but also to tip the world over the brink into nuclear holocaust.

As the plot unfolds, rogue agents of the CIA are in league with Russian generals to sell nuclear missiles and their warheads to the highest bidder. There is no doubt that if the transfer is successful, the political consequences for the Russian Federation and its nascent democratic society would be disastrous. Moreover, the possession of weapons of mass destruction by any nation willing to participate in such an amoral scheme bodes ill for world peace. In consequence, Jake and Toad Tarkington, that most able of sidekicks, don their metaphoric, albeit high-tech, armor and journey forth to tilt with the windmills of international terrorism. Many indeed are the obstacles to overcome as Jake and Toad battle the ungodly from the corridors of power in Washington and Moscow to a military installation in the depths of Iraq, and difficult in the extreme are the barriers to success, but the forces of truth are again victorious.

THE RED HORSEMAN affords the reader a thrill-a-minute ride as events unfold with heart-stopping action. But although THE RED HORSEMAN is a work of fiction, it is nonetheless all the more terrifying in that its scenario is exceedingly plausible, given the reality of the circumstances in the former Soviet Union. THE RED HORSEMAN is as real, unfortunately, as tomorrow’s headlines.