By John Birmingham
A superb tale within the 'Without Warning' trilogy. A 'What if' tale of the chilly struggle ... a small piece of trade heritage of the interval advised through a biography of 1 of its avid gamers, Lieutenant department McKinnon, an adventurer in a special post-WWII global of yank isolationism.
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A Captain of the Gate by John Birmingham