Military Author Fans Flames of Quebec Secession
The province of Quebec votes to seceed from Canada. Negotiations for a peace settlement fail, and the rhetoric rises for armed conflict to keep Canada solvent. This military techno-thriller starts out as a public relations ploy to show strength with the U.S., but soon turns into an operation gone awry. In his debut fiction novel, author Michael Karpovage thrusts a U.S. Army 10th Mountain infantry task force into a volatile secessionist Quebec. The mission was supposed to be a permissive U.S./Canadian joint spearhead insertion into the St. Lawrence port city of Trois Rivieres. Its goal was a show of force to bring the breakaway province back to negotiations in resolving its claim of secession. Instead, the American infantry unit is drawn into a violent urban battle with a column of main battle tanks from the revolutionary Quebec Defense Force. The intense battle that follows is captured in street by street action from both sides of the fight.