Shadow Flight

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The director of the KGB is out of control. He implements a bold plan to hijack an American B-2 Stealth bomber with the intent to reverse-engineer a Russian clone. The new weapons system will then bolster the power of an authoritarian- rejuvenated U.S.S.R. under military leadership.

The plan succeeds to the extent that the bomber and its crew are safely transferred to a secret Russian airbase in Cuba. At this point the operation goes awry when the Americans learn that the bomber is in Cuba and the Russians are responsible. As the two nations move close to war, the C.I.A. dispatches Steve Wickham to Cuba to determine the B-2’s exact location. If diplomatic maneuvers fail to recover the airplane, the President intends to destroy same with an airstrike.

The pace of action increases as the United States and Cuba move toward, and then cross over, the brink of war. The focus of the novel shifts dramatically and frequently to various locations and diverse individuals involved in the confrontation. Weber proves quite adept at portraying in an accurate and comprehensible fashion the complexities of modern warfare in the air. Moreover, he is well aware that when bullets begin to fly, Murphy’s First Law obtains. Weber writes techno-thrillers, but he has a proper appreciation of the need for character development. SHADOW FLIGHT is definitely a page-turner.