The Missile Lords Author:Jefferson Sutton It is six weeks before the first hot firing of hte untested Monarch and from every direction the multimillion-dollar missile is under attack- from a hostile press, from rival corporations with competitive weapons systems of their own, and from a tough-minded, beetle-browed Congressman, a "solids man" eager to break the back of liquid-fueled rock... more »etry.
The pressure is on. And in its midst John Vroman, the key man, has quit. Vroman, the PR and Advertising Director, walking out of Western Aerospace's sprawling corporate complex without a word of explanation. Immediately four candidates emerge to joust for his position: Elliott, sold on the value of the Monarch and the job despite the warnings of his friends and best girl; Garfield, the cynical publicist, skilled in the ways of hte coporation jungle; Koepple, the ad man, conscientious, competent, but sliding downhill; Henderson, suave, urbane, with a special pipeline into his boss's office. The competition is set, the struggle for power within the corporation mountian as the countdown nears. Who gets Vroman's job? And what happens when the Monarch goes aloft on that bright Canaveral morning, aimed to go all the way the first time in one dramatic shot for the billion-dollar government contract which hangs in the balance?« less