A novel focuses on who really killed President John F. Kennedy and all the fiendish machinations behind the assassination.
This story’s heroes are Andrew St. James, code-named Pegasus, and, to a lesser extent, his protégé, Justin Scott, code name Orion. They are both, thankfully, incorruptible and very good at their secretive jobs. Maj. Gen. Mykel Alexei Zakharov, reckoned the second most powerful man in the KGB, has defected and will only meet with Pegasus. Thus begins O’Connor’s twisted tale. It turns out, that the Russian ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin, had warned Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson that Kennedy was in grave danger—not from the Russians, mind you, but from the Chinese. That meeting is filmed though not made public. Then comes the key element of the plot. Through technical legerdemain, the KGB takes that film and other clips of Johnson and Dobrynin to piece together a work that clearly shows the vice president conspiring with the Russians to have Kennedy assassinated. It is a masterpiece of fakery that must never see the light of day. The race is on to expose it as bogus in a way that ordinary people will understand, rendering the blackmail worthless. The Russians have set a deadline for Johnson, now president, to disavow Israel completely, giving the Soviets carte blanche in the Middle East, or they will release the film to the public. This is not O’Connor’s first foray into political thriller territory. Hi chops are evident, from the crisp pace—each chapter title suggests urgent bulletins (“Washington, D.C.—May 12-13, 1972”)—to captivating details: “A rumpled figure heaved himself up and lumbered forward, his eyes riveted on St. James.” The author is also a keen historian of geopolitics and takes readers on a compelling tour of the world in the 1960s and ’70s: the Vietnam War, Soviet-Sino tensions, the ousting of Nikita S. Khrushchev, and the rise of Leonid Brezhnev. It’s all here with newsreel urgency. O’Connor is a very dependable dispenser of this addictive material.
A meticulously detailed, gripping tale that will especially appeal to political thriller fans.
“An absorbing and thought-provoking action-adventure” — Kirkus Reviews
“… A thoroughly wild ride, barreling through time with a compelling and immersive premise. - IndieReader
United States Air Force Major Dave Fleming has a job most men would die for. As one of three exchange fighter pilots chosen to fly with the premier US Navy strike squadron aboard America’s newest aircraft carrier, little does he know that his life is about to change forever!
Point Option is a thriller that unfolds over a tense, six-day period aboard a carrier on patrol with its Strike Group in the Mediterranean Sea. Suddenly, and without warning, Fleming’s hyper-dangerous world of flying off a pitching deck turns into his worst nightmare.
Point Option is jam-packed with more twists and turns than an out-of-control fighter jet; a world where Major Fleming finds himself an unwitting passenger on a supersonic ride into the unknown – a place where even angels fear to tread. The odds for his survival are bleak, and any hope for a return will challenge all of the finely honed skills he can muster. It’s now become a matter of time, and time is the one commodity he is fast running out of!
"A naval shakedown cruise goes awry after encountering a time portal in this near-future military thriller...Time is of the essence. ln his latest thriller, O'Connor-a retired Air Force colonel-provides well-written, well-researched verisimilitude... An absorbing and thought-provoking action-adventure – Kirkus Reviews
POINT OPTION is a high-stakes military thriller with an added dash of science-fiction... Blending the suspense of a military thriller and a dash of fantastical science-fiction, author Ian A. O’Connor writes with the clear precision befitting someone with military experience. Concise prose adds to the novel’s brisk pace... For a trope that gets as much use as time travel does, POINT OPTION offers something a little different–the effects on the crew are fascinating; just skirting the wrong edge of the timelines gives a glimpse of the high stakes at play. - IndieReader
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Ian A. O’Connor is a retired Air Force colonel who has held several senior military leadership positions in the field of national security management. His first novel, The Twilight of the Day, was a military-themed thriller which received high praise in the Military Times Newspaper for its realism, and chilling story line. The book won a coveted Bronze Medal award by the Military Writers Society of America.
He is the co-author of SCRAPPY: A Memoir of a U.S. Fighter Pilot, published by McFarland & Company in April 2008 to international rave reviews.
Ian is also the author of the Justin Scott thrillers --The Seventh Seal, and The Barbarossa Covenant.
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