Balance of PowerBook - 1998
A story of high-tech intelligence and constitutional law flashes between a political crisis in Washington and the countdown to a military assault halfway around the world
One nation indivisible...until now.
Off the coast of Indonesia, an American cargo ship has been seized by terrorists, its captain kidnapped and its crew mercilessly slaughtered. In Washington, a peace-loving President's refusal to punish the transgressors has enraged the sitting Congress, led by a determined Speaker of the House.
An ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon has discovered a time bomb hidden away in America's Constitution- a provision that could be used to wrest power from the Chief Executive; a long-forgotten clause that could incite a devastating constitutional crisis...and plunge the country into chaos.
Now, as a battle group steams toward a fateful confrontation in the Java Sea-commissioned by Congress and opposed by the President- Dillon finds himself in the center of a firestorm that rages from the highest court in the land to the killing fields half a world away. And, suddenly, there is much more at stake than the life of a single surviving hostage and a superpower's military credibility -- as a great nation prepares for war...against itself.
Flashing between a political crisis in Washington and the countdown to a military assault halfway around the world, a chilling new thriller tackles Constitutional law, high-tech intelligence, and human relations, and an ambitional congressional aide finds himself caught in the crossfire. Reprint.