This excellent thriller was written in 1984 and set in an imagined future(say the 1990s had the Soviet Union not disbanded and the Gulf War not broken out), but is still well worth a read! Neil O'Hara is an astronaut living on the edge. He is blamed for killing a shuttle crew member in space, the widow tries to seduce him, his marriage is on the rocks and his debt problem is getting worse. Then he is offered a job by one Colonel Heinlein of the Israeli Defence Force to resurrect a satellite project. But what are Heinlein's real motives? Meanwhile, the Middle East erupts in war as the PLO and Israel duke it out with high-tech fighters over the Mediterranean. Faced with the possibility of all-out nuclear war, who can save the Middle East, and unltmately the world? What is the NASA shuttle DOMINATOR really carrying in its payload? Can O'Hara save the day? Before you think you can guess the ending, think again! Not quite what you expect! Overall, great thriller writing with some interesting visions of the future for its time.