is a 1986 political novel
by Allen Drury
, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
in 1960 for his 1959 novel Advise and Consent
The Soviet Union invades and occupies a sparsely-populated Pacific atoll
and proceeds to kill the inhabitants and gradually construct a missile and submarine base. This is perceived as a major threat to the United States, which is called upon to respond.
When diplomacy fails, the United States must respond militarily if anything is to be done. Plans to do so, though, are frustrated by infighting within Congress, the Pentagon, and elsewhere in the government. When the novel ends, the U.S. has failed to respond and the Soviets have consolidated their hold on the atoll.
While the book sold well initially, it received poor reviewsHenderson, Diane D. The Washington Monthly
, December 1986. Retrieved October 2, 2008. Publishers Weekly
, 1986. Retrieved from Amazion.com on October 2, 2008. and today is no longer in print.