His Country … Or His Daughter? When the new, power-hungry Chinese president, Tang Qhichen, orders Chinese naval forces to attack Taiwanese forces on Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, U.S. President Douglas Surber responds, sending the U.S. Seventh Fleet into the area to try to quell a dangerous naval showdown between the two Chinas. Not an easy decision under most circumstances, but for President Surber, it is even more difficult. Aboard the submarine tender U.S.S. Emory S. Land, one of the first ships entering the naval war zone, is Ensign Stephanie Surber, a recent Naval Academy graduate who is also the First Daughter of the United States. As the Emory S. Land steams into harm’s way, Ensign Surber’s life is gravely threatened. When a gruesome discovery on board a Chinese freighter brings the US and China to the brink of war, the president must make a decision. Will he take a stand against evil? Or will he call off the mission to save the life of his daughter?
Don Brown is the author of Thunder in the Morning Calm, The Malacca Conspiracy, The Navy Justice Series, and Black Sea Affair, a submarine thriller that predicted the 2008 shooting war between Russia and Georgia. Don served five years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, which gave him an exceptional vantage point into the Navy and the inner workings of "inside-the-beltway" as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon. He left active duty in 1992 to pursue private practice, but remained on inactive status through 1999, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He and his family live in North Carolina, where he pursues his passion for penning novels about the Navy.