Espionage was nothing new to Captain Larry McGraw and the crew of the USS Charlotte, a Los Angeles--class fast attack submarine. But this mission certainly was. Docked onto the hull of his sub was the new, state-of-the-art Advanced SEAL Delivery System, complete with 16 highly trained SEALs. Orders from the White House were simple, yet clear. Penetrate the Bo Hai Bay--a mere hundred miles from Beijing--and linger while the SEALS conduct nighttime missions. Simple, as long as they weren't detected. But if spotted inside the shallow bay, the orders were clear. McGraw couldn't let the Charlotte or the ASDS fall into Chinese hands, even if it meant destroying both.
Hello fellow patriots and adventure seekers. I started writing the first book in the Die-Hard Patriots Series in the winter of 2000, when winter weather forced me to take a break from farming grass seed here in Western Oregon. It took twelve arduous years and a half-dozen versions before Time Bomb Ticking was published in December of 2012. As a political junkie, I created Time Bomb Ticking and Choosing Sides to reflect current events, including our burgeoning nation debt and the danger it poses to our republic and personal liberties. The sequel to Choosing Sides is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2016 and will take the reader on an epic journey across the globe as they follow Cal Stockton and his band of brothers in the air and under the sea—but most importantly—into a future filled with risk.
In my novel, Time Bomb Ticking, Captain McGraw and the USS Charlotte are tasked to penetrate China’s Bo Hai Bay in a daring mission of espionage. To clear the bay of Chinese naval ships, the Pentagon stages war games near the Spratly Islands.
To quote one of my characters, Admiral Donavan, “The damn thieves are trying to muscle in on the Reed Bank oil that belongs to the Philippines and he (the president) wants to send them a ‘hands off’ message.” I wrote that back in 2012.
This summer we witnessed headline news as the Chinese continued to construct an airfield atop Fiery Cross Reef despite international objections. Not only will this airstrip give them military superiority in the region, but it will extend their exclusive territorial sovereignty, thereby allowing them to lay claim to the Reed Bank oil. That oil reserve is estimated by some to be the fourth largest reserve in the world.
In 1990 when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, President George Herbert Walker Bush responded with overwhelming force in Operation Desert Storm. Over the past two years, President Obama has failed to prevent the Chinese from island building and shows little interest in resolving the problem before his term expires.
If you were the Commander-in-Chief, what would you do?
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Time Bomb Ticking
The damn thieves are trying to muscle in on the Reed Bank oil that belongs to the Philippines, and he wants to send them a ‘hands-off’ message.