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Authors: Stephen Coonts

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Either Chernov or the Japanese had shot down the Russian tankers, dooming the strike planes. Whichever, Ilin thought the nuclear strike on Japan was a matter best forgotten.

Poor Russia, a land without hope. Now it had some. With Kalugin gone, with the government rejuvenated and foreign nations willing to make investments, hope was peeping through the rubble.

Perhaps hope would continue to grow. With all this hope and billions in foreign capital, Russia might even grow into a country worthy of its patriots, men like Yan Chernov and Pavel Saratov.

Time would tell.

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The author solicited technical advice from experts for various portions of this book. For their kindness, the author wishes to thank publicly Ray A. Crockett, Charles G. Wilson, and Captain Sam Sayers, USN Ret. A special tip of the flight helmet goes to Colonel Bob Price, USMC Ret., and his colleagues, the test pilots at Lockheed-Martin, who watched the author fly the F-22 cockpit concept demonstrator and didn't laugh.

. Copyright © 1998 by Stephen P. Coonts. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For information, address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010.

Map copyright © 1998 by Mark Stein Studios

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Coonts, Stephen.
      Fortunes of war / by Stephen Coonts.
            p. cm.
      ISBN: 978-0-312-18583-1
      I. Title.
   PS3553.0579F67 1998 97-52793
   813′.54—dc21 CIP

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