Drone (Miranda Chase #1)
M. L. Buchman, author
A supersonic drone flies Black Ops missions from the most secure hangar in the nation. A C-130 Hercules transport plane lies shattered in the heart of America’s Top Secret military airbase — Groom Lake in the Nevada Test and Training Range. China’s newest stealth J-31 jet fighter goes missing. The CIA, the military, and the National Reconnaissance Office are all locked in a power struggle. One woman is trapped in the middle. Miranda Chase, lead crash investigator for the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), becomes a pawn in a very dangerous game. Burdened with a new team, she must connect the pieces to stay alive. And she must do it before the wreckage of her past crashes down upon her.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Miranda Chase, the heroine of Buchman’s taut debut and series launch, gets the biggest challenge of her career when she’s dispatched to Nevada, where a C-130 Hercules transport plane has crashed on the highly sensitive military base known as Area 51. Despite the objections of the general in charge of the base to her presence, Miranda persists and, with the support her team, uses her unique approach to crash site investigating to try to understand what happened. A prologue effectively teases the reader about a possible answer: Chinese Air Force Maj. Wang Fen dies while flying an advanced fighter jet prototype when a drone shatters his aircraft. Buchman raises the stakes by revealing the identity of the person behind Fen’s death—Clarissa Reese, the ambitious and ruthless CIA director of Special Research. The action builds to a satisfying climax. Tom Clancy fans open to a strong female lead will clamor for more. (Self-published.)
Sheldon McArthur, founder of The Mystery Bookstore, LA
The best military thriller I’ve read in a very long time. Love the female characters.