In this second in the Code Word series, Al Qaeda’s master bomber launches jihad in America. Secretary of Homeland Security Ray Morales vows to stop him and in their struggle violates his own moral code. Iran’s Quds Force meddles. Amidst the pressure of his reelection campaign, President Martin compromises to save lives and win votes by a means he abhors. An assassination in Korea sucks a rising China and America toward war, thrusting Martin into a high-stakes encounter with China’s president. Diplomatic, military, and covert action enmesh America, China, Korea, Japan, and Iran, forcing Morales and Martin into a struggle to defeat evil without becoming evil.
About the Author
As a warship captain during the cold war Doug held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war. In Geneva, Brussels, London, and Washington he experienced diplomacy and politics in tense meetings, glittering receptions, and deadline-driven all-nighters.
A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, Doug was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Naval Academy. After serving more than twenty-five years, Captain Norton retired from the navy and was an executive recruiter for fifteen years.
Doug and his wife live in Annapolis, where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department. He loves to meet readers and has signed books in bars, hospitals, and hotels as well as book stores, libraries, and book clubs.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed Doug Norton's first book, Code Word: Paternity, and was eagerly waiting to see if there would be a sequel. There is, Code Word; Pandora, and it was worth the wait. Once again, we are immersed in the minds of the President and his most trusted ally, the Secretary of Homeland Security, as they deal with the threat of a terrorist organization with a nuclear weapon. And the very real dilemma posed by alternatives that must be considered, and the challenges to one's own moral code that must be weighed. When do the ends justify the means? So real is the scenario that you come to hope that you don't hear about it on the evening news, but you realize that you might. Any day.