In Quicksilver, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens combine intrigue with an impressive extrapolation of the state of the art in orbital weapons. What begins as a project to increase the country's surveillance satellite capabilities suddenly emerges as a weapon of unprecedented destructive power. Most of the action takes place in the Pentagon, one of the nation's most secure buildings. The new National Infrastructure Agency is located well below the basement. The physical security of this latest command node is as great as the secrecy surrounding its activities protection that includes placing blast doors throughout the building and making efforts to root out terrorists. This is the situation faced by the President when well-armed terrorists take over the Pentagon. Their infiltration takes advantage of a ceremony celebrating Russia's entry into NATO. Bureaucratic reflexes among the President's advisors frustrate his ability to deal with the crisis. Quicksilver demonstrates the authors' grasp of scientific theory and security measures surrounding the country's military space program. Beyond the ingenuity that allows the terrorists to penetrate the Pentagon's most secret project is the awesome power they demonstrate by destroying the center directing the nation's military satellites, including Quicksilver. The tension builds as the President directs the country's most powerful weapons to hone in on the terrorists' headquarters. The result is a spell-binding tale and a new standard for techno-thrillers. John Messer once served in the Pentagon.

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