<!-- --><!-- Do you want "references"? Then buy the book and read it! -->Firefox Down
is a 1983 novel by author Craig Thomas
. It is a sequel to his novel Firefox
. Craig Thomas dedicated the first edition of the novel to actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood
, who starred as Mitchell Gant
in the film adaptation of the first novel
, stating, "For Clint Eastwood — pilot of the Firefox".
As with the first novel, the book focuses on the efforts of Mitchell Gant
to steal the fictional prototype MiG-31 Firefox Soviet
aircraft. At the climax of Firefox, Gant engaged in combat with a second MiG-31; the second novel begins mere moments later, with Gant discovering that his aircraft sustained damage in the dogfight and is losing fuel rapidly. After a brief engagement with two Soviet MiG-25s
, Gant lands the Firefox onto a frozen Finnish lake.
Upon fleeing the lake, Gant is captured by the KGB
and taken back to the Soviet Union
. The West
must then mount a desperate attempt to recover the Firefox from the lake, repair it, and return it to flyable condition before Soviet forces can recapture or destroy it. At the same time, Gant attempts to escape the Soviet Union. Dmitri Priabin (a KGB officer with a minor role in Firefox
) has an expanded role in its sequel; his lover has been working for the Americans under the codename Burgoyne
, forcing Priabin to choose between recapturing Gant and saving the woman.
Unlike its predecessor, Firefox Down
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