Apilot's dream, a nightmare weapon. That's the SR-71 Blackbird, a hypersonic, stealthy hybrid fighter/bomber/recon aircraft. It guarantees America's first-strike superiority.
Project Aurora is the new battleground between East and West. A secret, miguided scheme between renegade elements within the U.S. power structure that allows hard-line Russians a chance to effect a nuclear "accident" on American soil.
From Library Journal
Cross techno-thriller and ecological suspense and you get a nonstop, sky-filling chase and evasion drama played over the secret test grounds of the Mojave desert and climaxing in the high forests of the Sierra Nevadas. Air Force Major and crackerjack test pilot Pete Barnes and intrepid FAA accident investigator Brian McHenry are drawn together by the mysterious crash of a small plane. As they gather clues they uncover evidence of a ruthless plot to protect development of Aurora, a secret, super-stealthy aircraft. Meanwhile, biologist Julia Hines is measuring moisture high in the mountains, unaware that her worksite is in the cross-hairs of a band of desperate nuclear weapon experimenters.