The news is grim. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, has threatened to attack Iran if they don’t stop enriching uranium. United States interests back the threat. In LaBarge’s latest novel, “Lightning Strikes Twice”, U.S. Navy pilots, aboard the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), CAPT “Sweetwater” Sullivan and LT “BigHands” Johnson, are called upon to carry out the impossible mission.
Meet "Sweetwater" and "Sundance" — two of the most outrageous and daring jet jockeys ever to sit behind the controls of an F-14. Assigned to the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, these boys are living life to the fullest: harassing Russian recon planes...raising hell on shore leave...testing the limits of their jets, their commanding officers, and their own reputations as the Navy's best.
America's strength has always been her people. Never has this strength been more evident than in time of war. From the Revolution on, the history of America at war has always been the history of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. But in the past, it has taken years, sometimes even decades, for those heroic men and women to be heard, for their individual stories to be told.
Sweetwater and Sundance were the hottest Top Gun fly-boys in the Navy. But the Persian Gulf gave a new meaning to the word "hell." Now on a Top Secret mission, Sweetwater and company are out to destroy Iranian ships laying mines in the gulf. This mission sends a loud message to the leaders of Iran, Iraq,
Matt "Sweetwater" Sullivan's dream of becoming a Navy pilot could not possibly have prepared him for the body-numbing pace of basic training with a class of bewildered beginners. With grit, verve, and determination, Matt would survive the "Pensacola Pressure-Cooker" and go on to Saufley Field to meet the grueling demands of the Navy's basic flight program.