British Intelligence Chief Aubrey made the lethal discover. Contraband infra-red photographs of the snowy wastes along the Russo-Finnish border yield mysterious and perplexing information. Strange clues point toward a startling conspiracy by high-echelon Soviet Politburo and the military to destroy the bureaucracy they control. what they plan is nothing less than invasion. What they threaten is world order. What will stop them is nothing less than the KGB, the CIA and the British Secret Service, astonishingly united.
In "Snow Falcon", the red army is preparing a lightning strike on NATO intended to coincide with a coup against the communist party. Because the strike is aimed where NATO forces don't expect - and given that the "party" is out of the loop, NATO has no way of knowing where the overwhelming Russian armored offensive is aimed, and has aboslutely no chance of survival.
"Snow Falcon" will come as no surprise to readers of the superlative "Winterhawk" in which KGB become not only the vanguards of the party, but the only defense against the rapacious red army. Unlike most technothriller authors, Craig Thomas' plots don't rely on twists or surpirses; tension is built simply on the heroes pluck to hold out - almost reluctantly - against overwhelming odds. In "Falcon", the hero is not the intrepid British agent, but the stalwart KGB colonel who stumbles on plans for the invasion and the coup (which does come off as a twist despite WInterhawk) before having to dodge a small army of troops, helicopters and ceaseless frost. Definately among Thomas' best.
Kenneth Aubrey, head of SIS, sends an agent into Finnish Lapland to check up on some evidence of Soviet activity in the area. The agent finds a small town, deserted of all it's inhabitants. In their place he finds Red Army troops, using the town as a rehearsal for an invansion. In Moscow, KGB Major Alexei Vorontsyev stumbles onto the other end of the plot. Suspicious of his estranged wife's lover, he's almost killed when he walks into a trap meant to kill him. What could make matters worse? The Soviet leaders are in Helsinki for peace talks with the Americans, which leaves room for the hard liners of the Red Army to plan a coup, a new revolution, and invade Scandinavia. Vorontsyev and his entourage investigate the Russian end and Aubrey must keep up with the Soviet leaders in Finland.