Flight of the Old Dog (Patrick McLanahan, Bk 1)
Flight of the Old Dog - Patrick McLanahan, Bk 1 Author:Dale Brown When the Soviet Union masters "Star Wars" technology, rendering the United State's arsenal of nuclear missiles impotent, America's only hope lies in The Old Dog Zero One--a battle-scarred bomber fully renovated with enough weaponry and stealth hardware to earn it the nickname "Megafortress."
Techno thriller near future: The unthinkable has happened. The Soviet Union has mastered Star Wars technology before the U.S. and has neutralized America's arsenal of nuclear missles with a killer laser that can direct its superheated beam of energy to targets across the globe. Confronted by the loss of its nucler shield and weakened by a series of provocative attacks, the U.S. calls on the one bomber in its fleet capable of destroying the laser before it is too late: The Old Dog Zero One, a battle-scarred veteral of countless campaigns which has had its antiquated weapons-systems removed and replaced with never-yet-used state-of-the-art armaments and stealth hardware. To this antiquated phoenix is given the near impossible task of outwitting Russia's air defense. Crewed by an intrepid group of men and women, the Old Dog challenges all that Russia can send against it.
Great suspense, good characters. I almost made myself late to work the following day because I couldn't put it down without knowing how things turned out.