Heather has a PhD, a peace-loving, vegan boyfriend, and she is an expert on conflict resolution and Afghanistan. When she arrives for her new job at the Pentagon, she finds out things have been reorganised and instead she’ll be reporting to the notoriously difficult Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Ariane Fletcher, who has her eye on Russian aggression in eastern Europe. Heather especially doesn’t want to let down her brother, who died in combat in Afghanistan, so with the help of Air Force Colonel Tom Voight, she learns to navigate the governmental system with all its rivalries, misinformation and dysfunction.
Written by a national security policy specialist, this story has plenty of intriguing insider information which keeps you turning the pages. I can’t say it left me feeling reassured about what how well the system functions in Washington. But it was refreshing to read something about American politics without the taint of Trump.