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Behold, an Ashen Horse by Lee Boyland with Vista Boyland

Behold, an Ashen Horse

by Lee Boyland with Vista Boyland

476 pages
The story of the aftermath of a nuclear 9/11

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Category: Fiction:Techno-Thrillers
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About the Book
The Military Writers Society of America has selected this book as its 2008 Fiction Gold Medal Winner.


Behold, an Ashen Horse, the second book of the author’s trilogy about a nuclear 9/11 continues the story told in his first novel, The Rings of Allah: Al-Qaeda accomplishes a surprise attack, using nuclear devices to destroy five American cities, and triggering the clash of civilizations building for 1,400 years—only one will survive.

Behold, an Ashen Horse begins a few minutes before the nuclear weapons detonate, and tells the story of a world thrown into turmoil in a matter of hours. America’s central government is snuffed out in seconds, triggering a worldwide jihad. Moderate Islamic governments are over thrown and radical Islamic clerics take over. The first regional war erupts: Syria and Egypt attack Israel. Jihads spread across Europe. Middle Eastern oil production halts. communications in the U.S., are disrupted; banking and credit card terminals are down. The U.S. economy spirals toward collapse.

Characters from The Rings of Allah return. Bin Laden’s hedonistic, psychopathic lieutenant, Mohammed Al Mihdar, and his American-turned-traitor protégé, Ralph Eid, succeeded in their fiendish plan. Skillfully disguised nuclear devices, hidden in plain sight, are armed and the timers set for simultaneously detonate on the afternoon Hilda Rodman, America’s first woman president, is scheduled to complete a speech to a Joint Session of Congress. With the exception of the Secretary of Homeland Security, retired Air Force MG George Alexander, and Congresswoman Betty Chatsworth (a new character), America’s entire central government is destroyed when the nuclear device explodes near the Capitol.

Alexander assumes the presidency and grapples with two nearly impossible tasks—forming an interim government and saving the nation. A decisive, pragmatic man of character and resolve, a natural leader, Alexander uses available men and women to form his team and instructs them to do what ever is necessary to save the nation. Throwing the rulebook is out the window, Alexander takes action to prevent further attacks and implements plans to save the nation by: restoring order and putting down domestic jihads; countering liberals calling for the UN to take charge; and finally by confronting the Islamic Empire that has risen from the chaos in the Middle East.

As the number of dead and injured mount into the millions, an angry nation comes together and demands retribution. Reverend Smyth preaches a fire and brimstone sermon, igniting the Muslim backlash. Citizens and militias join in fighting jihadists in city streets. Realizing his team needs religious advice on how to deal with Islam, Alexander forms a religious advisory committee.

The author enhances the main story line by skillfully combining subplots to tell a tale of intrigue, passion, lust, greed, and war. His extensive knowledge of nuclear, conventional, and special weapons is apparent in his vivid descriptions of weapons and battles—scenes that would do Clancy proud. The page turning story accelerates as Alexander prepares for the final battle with the Islamic Empire, and ends with an unexpectedly explosive climax—one that completely reshapes the face of world.


Behold, an Ashen Horse is a stunning, riveting story plausible enough to be tomorrow’s headlines. Buckle your seatbelts…this is a nail-biting ride.
- Joe Weber, New York Times best-selling author


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About the Author
Lee Boyland with Vista Boyland With a degree in nuclear engineering, Lee Boyland served as: an EOD officer in the U.S. Army, a member of Defense Atomic Support Agencies’ Nuclear Emergency Team, and a participant in the design and testing of nuclear weapons. As a civilian contractor, he designed special weapons and demilitarized chemical weapons. His books are believable, plot driven Clancyesque technothrillers. His wife, Vista, a writer herself, acts as editor, dresses up some scenes, adds life to the characters, and wrote most of Reverend Smyth’s sermon. Lee Boyland's book, Rings of Allah, won the 2007 Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America.



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