US Army Major Valerie Macintyre badly wants a command leadership assignment, but keeps being passed over for one. When the latest list omits her, she storms into the office of her superior General Ambrose demanding an explanation. He tells her to relax she will have her opportunity rather soon.
Val's lover, Colonel Wolfe, has quietly returned stateside after spending time tracking down the former Soviet nuclear arsenal. He explains to Ambrose that the key locale Infernesk Technical Center is poorly managed by American Major McRyen and needs a replacement immediately and better physical security. Ambrose knows the Army is already overextended, but still assigns his aides Val and LTC Jimmy Grimes to take charge. However, her first leadership assignment is a cesspool as morale is low. Soon Val will get what she asked for while truly being tested when a renegade cadre of super Russian soldiers assaults Infernesk with plans to control and use the nuclear arsenal. Val, a veteran first sergeant and a bunch of misfits and rookies are all that stand in the way.
This is a strong military thriller that will provide much enjoyment to readers. However, what makes BEST DEFENSE stand above the pack is the insight into the American army as an organization and culture interwoven so as to enhance the plot and that the Russians are not all pathetic vile cretins. Fans of military dramas will appreciate the emphasis on the seven values of loyalty, duty, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage that symbolizes the heroes of Todd A. Stone's strong tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner