is well in the Land of the Free. With the decisive defeat of
the Soviets and the death of Stalin, America can get back to
savoring the fruits of freedom: apple pie, baseball, and
amber waves of grain. American intelligence operations, ever
wary of the Russian threat since the war, has installed a
puppet dictator in the U.S.S.R., General Romanov, head of
the harmless World Socialist Alliance. The U.S. Department
of Defense thinks little of a civil war that suddenly breaks
out in Mexico -- for a long time, communist factions have
stirred up trouble in the northern region -- and it's
considered routine when Romanov's forces move in to quell
the unrest and restore order to its WSA member country.
But strange things start happening to unsettle the
complacent U.S. empire. Soon, the country's early-warning
defense system shuts down. Hurrying to diagnose the problem,
the Pentagon doesn't suspect Romanov might be the culprit
until news reports begin trickling in. Reports tell of
Russian troops spilling over the borders of Texas and
California and establishing mysterious beacons at their
gradually encroaching outposts. Civilians report cases of
severe headaches and numbness, and those municipalities
nearest the beacons relate that some citizens are falling
into a zombie-like state of submission -- there are even
reports of American civilians taking up arms along with the
Soviet troops, forsaking their homeland for Mother Russia.
After some deliberation and debate, The president
declares war against the Russian army in Mexico. The
Pentagon moves for a decisive, contained nuclear strike to
destroy the central base. The red phone rings in the War
Room. The secretary of war issues the final order. The
button is pressed. Nothing happens.
America's nuclear missiles sit useless in their silos.
The Pentagon's central defense computer is dead. By now,
intelligence sources confirm the worst suspicions: Romanov
is orchestrating a strike against the U.S. using the most
mysterious and terrifying technology to date:
psychically-enhanced troops whose minds are as deadly as
their AK-47s. Further reports verge on the fantastic: giant
squids have attacked key U.S. battlecruisers off the
California coast; zombie-like cows, laden with high-tech
explosive devices, are converging en masse on Alamo Air
Force Base in Texas.
Rallying its Army and Air Force -- as well as a few
technological marvels of its own, the U.S. prepares to fight
a war that will determine the fate of the country: stars and
stripes forever, or the hammer and sickle flying wickedly
triumphant over U.S. soil?
The exciting conclusion to this story is coming soon in