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Richard Herman
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Novels 


THE LAST PHOENIX

 

The last in the Maddy Turner trilogy, the saga of the first woman to occupy the Oval Office, The Last Phoenix chronicles her political battles as she fights two regional wars simultaneously – one in the Middle East and one on the Malay peninsula. While she focuses on the more critical conflict in the Middle East, she sends a new version of the famed American Volunteer Group, the Flying Tigers of World War II, to Malaysia. The ragtag squadron of A-10 Warthogs is led by Matt Pontowski, who is more than just a friend.

Pontowski's mission is to reinforce SEATO in its desperate fight against an aggressive China. It is touch and go for the Americans, but working below the radar scopes of Turner's antagonists is an ancient warrior on a quest for vengeance in the jungles of Malaysia. 

 

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THE TROJAN SEA

 

The world is still a dangerous place as Lieutenant Colonel Mike Stuart, the most average of men, a military functionary toiling in bureaucratic tedium, discovers when he is caught up in the world of big oil, politics, deception, and murder. He only wants to retire and sail away on "Temptress," his sturdy cruiser. Instead, he is called on to defend his nation in ways he never imaged. His only chance of success – and survival – is to become something he had never been before: a warrior. 

 

Avon, 2001

 

 

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EDGE OF HONOR


In the second of the Maddy Turner trilogy, the first woman president of the United States is challenged by a fearsome, re-emergent Russia led by a corrupt and vicious thug from the Russian Mafia. A suddenly vulnerable Poland faces invasion and extinction. Closer to home, a small personal emergency has brought a one-time hero and Air Force legend, Matt Pontowski, into her life. Hamstrung by the realities of geopolitics, she sends Pontowski to Poland to help shore up the beleaguered nation.

Intricate, thrilling, and unpredictable, Edge of Honor explores the terrifying realities of our global landscape, and adds a poignant and believable love story.

 

 

Avon, 1999

 

 

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                                 AGAINST ALL ENEMIES

                            

A U.S. B-2 stealth bomber is shot down in an attack against a biological weapons factory. The failed mission is about to have violent repercussions in an America that is polarizing along political and racial lines. At Whiteman Air Force Base, the home of the B-2s, an African-American is charged with espionage and faces a court-martial. It should be a slam dunk for the JAG prosecutor, Hank Sutherland. But the more the principled lawyer digs, the more evidence he uncovers of a devastating conspiracy. Described as a thinking person's thriller, Against All Enemies takes a chilling look at our world and all-too-possible tomorrow. 


Avon, 1998

 

 

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POWER CURVE


In the novel that introduces the first woman president of the U.S., Madeline Turner faces a slew of challenges and treacheries from her very first day in office. She has precious little time to master the subtleties of governmental gamesmanship before a crisis in the Far East breaks out when China takes the first step in naked aggression against Japan. Fortunately, Maddy Turner has a staunch ally within her inner circle, General Robert Bender.

As the Chinese and Japanese fleets clash in the biggest naval engagement since World War II, Bender must give his president, a woman he doesn't really like, a crash course in the use of bare-knuckle military force that includes a nuclear option - even if it costs him his career, or possibly his life. 

 

Avon, 1997

 

 

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IRON GATE


Matt Pontowski returns as he leads his squadron of A-10 Warthogs into South Africa to augment a United Nations peacekeeping team led by the French. But the situation spins totally out of control when a violent and charismatic leader of die-hard Afrikaners captures the secret of nuclear cold fusion, and threatens to upset the global reliance on oil and return to the days of apartheid. Iron Gate deftly explores the nature of small-unit military operations and enters the world of covert intelligence where the ultimate stake-holders are the people themselves. 


Simon & Schuster, 1996

 

 

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DARK WING


Already a legend in the Air Force, Matt Pontowski surprises everyone by accepting a humdrum assignment to wind down a lame duck Reserve fighter squadron of A-10s consigned to the bone yard. Instead, he swiftly revitalizes the squadron just as a civil war explodes in southern China. The president and his devious national security adviser search for a "China Option" to both exploit and control the situation, and send in Pontowski's squadron as the new American Volunteer Group, reminiscent of the famed Flying Tigers of World War II. While it is a minor sideshow on the world stage, it is anything but for the Americans caught up in the way of war.

Written in the 1990's, Dark Wing poises a question of burning contemporary importance: How far are Americans willing to go to stop a truly evil man? 

 

Simon & Schuster, 1994

 

 

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CALL TO DUTY


High above the English Channel during the early, desperate months of World War II, an American pilot, Zack Pontowski, is almost shot down. His first test in the crucible of battle is about to begin.

The time is the present and a gang of brutal modern-day pirates kidnaps a group of wealthy and spoiled young Americans cruising the Andaman Sea.

With these two violent events, separated by half a century and seemingly unrelated, the current president of the United States, Zack Pontowski, orders a rescue of the young Americans. As the rescue unfolds, he flashes back to the earlier time and the two events converge in meaning. And in the telling, the unique world of special operations is highlighted, along with one of the most successful aircraft of World War II, the de Havilland Mosquito, the venerable "Mossie," often called the Wooden Wonder.


Morrow, 1993

 

 

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FIREBREAK


A terrible new conflagration is sweeping the Middle East and Syria is on the march. Supported by a resurgent Iraq, Syrian armies again challenge Israel. After their humiliating defeat, the Iraqis have created a lethal nerve gas with a delivery system that can reach into Israel. The embattled Israelis are on the edge of a catastrophic defeat and are about to use nuclear weapons. The American President deploys F-15s to Israel in an effort to keep the Israelis and the Arabs from crossing the firebreak and using weapons of mass destruction. Among the Americans is a brash, young pilot, Matt Pontowski, the grandson of the President.

Matt's presence is welcomed as a sign of the President's personal commitment to Israel, but he becomes a liability when he is romantically entangle with a beautiful Israeli whose own loyalties appear to be divided.

In an unerring depiction of aerial combat and tank warfare, Firebreak is a chilling, and all to realistic depiction of the geopolitics of the Middle East that is in play today.


Morrow, 1991

 

 

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FORCE OF EAGLES


The U.S. assembles a Force of Eagles to rescue 281 American POWs captured by Iran when the U.S. withdrew from the Persian Gulf at the conclusion of The Warbirds. The POWs, including one woman, have become the latest bargaining chip in Middle Eastern politics. 

The rescue team includes surviving members of the 45th Tactical Fighter Wing of  The Warbirds – ace fighter pilot Jack Locke, his weapons system officer, “Thunder” Bryant, Colonel Rupert Stansell, and General Lawrence “Sundown” Cunningham – and a company of Rangers.  The Ranger’s Command Sergeant Major, Victor Kamigami, soon proves he is a force in himself. The mission becomes a race against a thirty-day deadline as a sadistic prison commandant works to break his captives' will.

From behind enemy lines, to the back corridors of the Pentagon, the White House, and CIA headquarters, Force of Eagles builds to a white-hot climax as the rescue team battles for control of the prison and the airfield critical to bringing the POWs home.

 

 

D.I. Fine, 1990

 

 

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THE WARBIRDS


The debut novel that established Dick's reputation starts when Libya attempts to shoot down an American C-130 on a mercy mission over the Sahara. The Air Force responds with F4-E Phantoms based in Egypt. Jack Locke, a fighter jock as good as he is cocksure, downs a Libyan MiG and an international crisis erupts, forcing the Wing to relocate to England. Colonel Anthony “Muddy” Waters must find a way to revitalized the wing and ready it for combat. Driving them hard is the Air Force’s hard-nosed chief of staff,  General Lawrence “Sundown” Cunningham. Suspecting the Middle East is about to explode again, he wants a finely tuned fighting machine available for quick deployment.

As the wing begins to show that it can fight, a war flares in the Persian Gulf when Iran makes a grab for the Saudi Arabian oilfields. The wing is quickly deployed to the Persian Gulf near Kuwait and, in some of the most convincing depictions of aerial combat in modern fiction, stops the Iranians.

But a price must be paid for peace, and the 45th is hung out to dry in an “Arab Solution.” Muddy Waters and Jack Locke must lead their wing in a desperate withdrawal from the Persian Gulf. 

 

 

D.I. Fine, 1989



What critics say about Richard Herman's novels.

"Herman's characterizations are fluent and convincing . . ." - Publisher's Weekly

"Too many of today's geopolitical thrillers ring false but not Herman's." - San Francisco Examiner

"The novel excels in its characterization and suspense." - Florida Sun-Times

"Rock solid . . . Both the service politics and the geopolitics are, for once, thoroughly believable."Kirkus Reviews