The Kirov series forges ahead with the war that started in 2025.
At the outset of this volume, Karpov and Fedorov try to sort out their problems with missing men, and determine what to do. Fedorov suspects the ship is becoming
unstable, and tells Karpov why, revealing a deep fear he has harbored for some time. The story then takes us back to the travails of Admiral Wu Jinlong, as he continues his battle in the
Celebes Sea. His Operation Sea Eagle is confronted by the Enterprise CSG and Kirov, where Admiral Wu Jinlong learns some very hard lessons on the strengths and
weaknesses of his ships.
Now the Western Coalition launches their invasion of Iraq from the west, and we will ride through it all at the tactical level
with a Light Troop of 1/7th Cav Recon Squadron, (1st Armored Cav Division). In a fast paced series of maneuvers, the action is reminiscent of Generation Kill, when a reporter, Todd Resel is attached to Sergeant King’s Light Troop for the ride. Through their eyes, we are led east across the deserts to the battle for the gaps, first in the north at Ramadi where the Coalition must kick open the door to take Highway 1 to Baghdad.
At the same time, a European column advances further south towards Karbala, as the Coalition forces move to encircle Baghdad.
While the capital will be defended, Qusay Hussein has a different strategy in mind for the overall war, intending to hold as much of the country as possible. In the midst of this action,
a CIA Paramilitary operative arrives and gets attached to the Light Troops, which will later lead us into a daring missing in Baghdad,
The action then shifts south to recount the push into Iraq by 1st USMC Division, with a provisional division composed of 1st
Infantry and 3 BCT of 1st Armored Cav on their right. Now the war that began as a mission to liberate Saudi Arabia and Kuwait becomes a grab for the vital oil resources of Southern Iraq.
Seeing their position in the Middle East in danger of collapse, China makes a bold decision to send its 13th and 21st Armies by rail through Central Asia and Iran, to the border of Iraq.
Then the action returns to naval warfare again, this time revisiting Admiral Sun Wei in the Gulf of Oman, who is still
struggling to grapple with Captain Holmes on the USS Independence. His stubborn campaign there is soon shaken by news from the east, and the Chinese General Staff concocts a new
plan for his fleet, with startling new orders. The battle with Independence is far from over as the US maneuvers to frustrate this plan.
Finally, we again return to Kirov, but not before a three chapter look at what Ivan Volkov has been
up to aboard Tunguska, and it is no small matter! His quest for vengeance takes him to a most fateful place, with repercussions that could unwind threads on the tightly stretched
rope of the Prime Meridian. The plan he sets in motion is earth shaking, and sets up what happens as this volume concludes. As the author often does when he approaches the mid- point in
any of the 8 volume seasons, get ready for a most unexpected and amazing twist as this book ends, when safe waters suddenly become very dangerous for Karpov and crew.
Action on land, sea, and air as the West begins to go on the offensive in the war with the Invasion of Iraq.