Rules of Engagement: A Novel (Hardcover)

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"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.

About the Author


DAVID BRUNS is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was an officer in the submarine force, before leaving the Navy for corporate life. He lives in Shakopee, Minnesota.


With J. R. Olson, Bruns is the author of the WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception) Files series.



J. R. OLSON spent more than 20 years in the Navy, retiring as a commander. He now teaches college courses in Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. He lives in Webster, Minnesota.


With David Bruns, Olson is the author of the WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception) Files series.

Praise For…


"A fast and furious tale of cyberwarfare... Bruns and Olson kick off their new series with a thundering bang." —The Real Book Spy

"Fans of the cyberwarfare genre will enjoy this novel's snappy pace, broad cast of characters, and timeliness." —Kirkus Reviews

"With their background in the U.S. Navy, both Bruns and Olson have the right stuff to create a realistic military tale." —Booklist

“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!" —Anthony J. Tata, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret), national bestselling author of Dark Winter

"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, New York Times bestselling author

"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, New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series

"Rules of Engagement is a classic thriller that has it all - compelling, realistic action, vivid characters and a relentless pace. You won't be able to put it down!" —Rick Campbell, author of Trident Deception and Treason



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250200310
ISBN-10: 1250200318
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Pages: 336
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