Brown knows how to keep you rivited. His battle scenes were written so well I didn't want to put the book down when I got to them. The entire downfall of North Korea takes 80-90 pages to get through, but with missiles flying, a "true-believer" Commie missile battery commander trying to preserve the spirit of the revolution and the US Vice President caught in the middle, you can't help but keep reading until the whole thing's over.
Good job with the characters again. Many familiar faces in this one, including Becky Furness, the lady bomber pilot we last saw in "Chains of Command." The most intersting character has to be Rinc Seaver. He is a bit of an enigma when it comes to his motivation and his relationships with the rest of the cast, but that's what makes him so interesting. He also spends much of the book dealing with a training accident that killed two crew members. Creates quite a bit of tension among the people in his B-1 squadron.
As usual, Brown throws a whole lot of way cool high tech weapons at you. I will agree with one point some have made. I think Brown glossed over the impact of using nukes and chem weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Besides the obvious political ramifications, all the fallout would severely effect the whole of Korea, and most likely surrounding countries. I wish that and the actual devestation they caused to Korean cities was touched on a lot more. But that's really my only big complaint with this novel. Other than that, total thumbs up.