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"In Assured Response, Weber draws on his 37 years and 10,500 hours of flight time as a commercial and military pilot to weave a frighteningly real scenario. . . . (His) page-turning fiction again hits close to home."
Pensacola Naval Air Station
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"Combining current headlines and a firm grasp of technical details, this former Marine fighter pilot creates gripping suspense thrillers based on real-life global conflicts."
-Book Page Magazine


Assured Response is a riveting, all-to-real, thriller about the next terrorist attack on America. A new generation of terrorists will stop at nothing in their fanatical quest to destroy the United States. Conventional security is no longer enough. Scott Dalton and Jackie Sullivan are the government's newest secret weapons - so secret that their very existence is denied by the officials who hired them. Their mission is to prevent a plan of nuclear holocaust that will begin at the Canadian border and explode in the centers of American power. From a shocking sarin attack on a legendary ocean liner to the stalking of oil refineries by aircraft filled with deadly explosives, no attack is too insidious, no symbol of strength and freedom immune. For Dalton and Sullivan, their expertise has never been more necessary - their bravery never more needed - than in a world where unrepentant evil requires an Assured Response. (ISBN 0-89141-842-3 published 2003 by Ballantine/Presidio Press, New York, N.Y.)

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Dancing with the Dragon marks a return to the classic techno-thriller. With a plot that could be ripped from the front pages of tomorrow's headlines Weber delivers the real deal. China, with the earth's largest population, the largest and increasingly capable armed forces, equipped with nuclear-tipped intercontinental missiles, is moving aggressively. Their goal: hegemony over the Pacific starting with the establishment of strategic outposts along South and Central America's Pacific coast. The world's only credible obstacle to China's ambitions is the United States of America. Will China view the United States' role in a long-term war on terrorism as weakening American resolve in the South China Sea and Asia? From Washington to Beijing, Honolulu to Bangkok, Dancing with the Dragon is a page-turning thriller from start to cliff-hanging finish. Topical and candid, Weber's mastery of current affairs and technology shines through. (ISBN 0-89141-764-8 published March 2002 by Presidio Press, Novato, California).

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"Primary Target is a chilling scenario of global warfare. The suspense never stops."
-W.E.B. Griffin


"Combining espionage, terrorism and international politics this energetic techno-thriller takes Michael Crighton's Rising Sun a step further."
-Publishers Weekly

Primary Target is a gripping novel about everyone's worst nightmare... a full scale terrorist attack on America.  As the once-powerful Soviet Union descends into social and economic collapse, a group of hard-line Communists has devised a strategy to return their country to its former glory.  In league with the most ruthless militant extremists of the Middle East, they will hatch a plot to eliminate the one person with the power to stop them -- the president of the United States.  It is a scene played out many times before in the annals of international conflict, but this time, America isn't declaring a war against terrorism.  The terrorists are declaring war on America. (ISBN 0-425-17255-4 December 13, 1999 release from Berkley Publishing).

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Honorable Enemies paints a chilling post-cold war scenario that might be taken from today’s headlines. Pearl Harbor has been attacked... again. This time, by a helicopter which strafes a Hawaiian cruise ship killing several Japanese tourists. The shock waves from the tragic attack go straight to Washington and Tokyo. In retaliation, American tourists are ambushed in Osaka. Relations between the two countries are deteriorating and threaten to escalate out of control. The White House assigns Steve Wickham from CIA and Susan Nakamura from FBI to get to the bottom of who is behind the attacks. They uncover a deadly conspiracy of enormous proportions reaching into the highest levels of the U.S. and Japanese governments. (ISBN 0-399-13939-7 published 1994 by G.P. Putnam's & Sons, New York, N.Y.)

"Weber's second military novel is great, absolutely great."
-The Sunday Oklahoman


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"In Rules of Engagement, Weber's political points hit close to home, and they will strengthen the resolve of many, such as myself, who are determined never to allow the mistakes of Vietnam to be repeated."
-The Honorable Senator John McCain

Targets of Opportunity is a novel about a secret war and the courage of the man who fought it. The Vietnam war is at its height, and Americans have acquired a Soviet-built MiG-17. Marine aviator Brad Austin has been recruited to test pilot it. The MiG is an aerial hotrod, crude yet lethally effective. But it’s not what Austin is flying, it’s where -- behind enemy lines... if he wins, America wins. If he loses, he dies alone. (ISBN 0-399-13939-8 published 1994 by G.P. Putnam's & Sons, New York, N.Y.)
Rules of Engagement is an exciting and provocative novel about the air war in Vietnam. Marine fighter pilot Brad Austin is caught in a war that divides America. He is snagged in government red tape that inhibits the military. Trapped in a one-on-one air battle with the Vietnamese ace who'd terrorized the skies for years... Austin decides to break the rules. (ISBN 0-89141-343X published 1991 by Lyford Books, Novato, Ca.)

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"Shadow Flight is techno-thriller action at its best!"
-Rave Reviews


"Lessons to be learned from Defcon-One just may let us avoid nuclear holocaust for another 40 years."
-W.E.B. Griffin

Shadow Flight is a chilling international scenario of Soviet denial and American desperation. A U.S.B-2 Stealth bomber, Shadow 37, has disappeared while on a training mission. Its hijackers are unknown but its destination is Cuba. The salvation of U.S. technological secrets rests in the hands of CIA agent Steve Wickham. His mission: Recovery of Shadow 37.(ISBN 0-89141-342-1 published 1990 by Presidio Press, Novato, Ca.)
Defcon-One is a prophetic novel about the world’s two superpowers. The United States and the Soviet Union are poised on the brink of Armageddon. Glasnost has failed. Russia is economically desperate. And, Gorbachev’s successor has launched a "first strike" in what may become World War III. Only one man knows the full extent of the impending horror - a CIA operative trapped in the Kremlin. Agent Steve Wickham is his only hope for escape.(ISBN 0-89141-341-3 published 1989 by Presidio Press, Novato, Ca.)