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Rules of Engagement

(2019)
(The first book in the Don Riley series)
A novel by

 
 
"In Rules of Engagement, David Bruns and J. R. Olson deliver a captivating and utterly authentic portrayal of modern day combat that compares with the best of the timeless classics by Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, and Stephen Coonts. This one must not be missed!" —Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mission Critical

A terrorist breach of the computer systems of the three most powerful navies is about to set them on a collision course for World War III.

Rafiq Roshed is one of the most wanted men in the world. A terrorist with a virulent grudge against the West, he’s disappeared into North Korea where he quietly launches cyber sneak attacks in service of Kim Jong-un. But now he’s about to unleash his virtual masterpiece—a computer virus that, once inserted into the command systems of a military, not only takes over, but also learns the art of war. First penetrating the Chinese, he has their war machine launch a series of attacks on the U.S. Pacific forces.

Don Riley, head of U.S. Cyber Command, discovers that not only have the Chinese lost control of their military, but the same virus has infected the American network. It’s only a matter of time before the U.S. loses control of its own military. His secret weapon in this war is a trio of supremely talented midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy, who uncover the infiltration, and are working to track down the elusive terrorist.

But time is running out. China and Japan have lost control of their military and the U.S. is in danger of doing the same. The weapons are hot and the result is an ever-larger real-world conflict where casualties continue to mount. The only remaining hope is to find and stop the attack at its source—before time runs out.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Timely, gripping, and packed with realistic detail, Rules of Engagement grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. I'll read anything Bruns and Olson write." - Marc Cameron

"In Rules of Engagement, David Bruns and J. R. Olson deliver a captivating and utterly authentic portrayal of modern day combat that compares with the best of the timeless classics by Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, and Stephen Coonts. This one must not be missed!" - Mark Greaney

"In this terrifying age of hacking that threatens not only our elections, but every infrastructure from our power grid to our economic system, the ultimate threat would be a cyber war that touched off a shooting war. Rules of Engagement lays out that highly plausible scenario in one of those fantastic novels that is hard to put down. Hell of a fine read!" - David Hagberg

"Compelling characters and high octane narrative drive define Rules of Engagement. In a global tour de force, Bruns and Olson deliver a crafty villain, patriotic protagonists, and a truly frightening and unique World War III scenario. A must read for all fans of thrillers of every variety!" - A J Tata


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel (The WMD Files (3))
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
ISBN: 1-250-20031-8 / 978-1-250-20031-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel (The WMD Files (3))
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
ISBN: 1-250-25322-5 / 978-1-250-25322-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

July 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel (The WMD Files)
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
ISBN: 1-250-22345-8 / 978-1-250-22345-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rules of Engagement: A Novel (The WMD Files Book 3)
Author(s): David Bruns, J R Olson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU