The Alaskan Incident
by Chris Rudge
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a nuclear-armed
B-52 bomber goes missing in Alaska while on a routine airborne alert mission.
No trace of the aircraft is found and the United States Government chooses
to keep the disaster secret to avoid further inflaming domestic and international
tension. The disappearance is known as the ‘Alaskan Incident’.
In 2008, a Californian computer programmer, Scott Powell,
is developing software that he hopes can be used to locate missing aircraft.
When he discovers what appears to be the tail section of a B-52 bomber in
a remote part of Alaska, he unknowingly embarks on a course from which there
is no turning back. Framed by someone interested in recovering nuclear material
for clandestine purposes, Powell is soon being hunted down by the police
and the FBI. In a race against time and the need to avoid high-tech mass
surveillance, he has to prove his innocence before plutonium found in the
wreck can be used in a terrorist attack – or he is killed in the process.
In writing The Alaskan Incident, author Chris Rudge
explains why historical accuracy was important:
"Having written two non-fiction aviation books, it was important
for me to ensure that, in writing a novel, it was believable. In reading
a number of best sellers, I was surprised to see authors describing things
that aircraft couldn't do - they just hadn't done the necessary research.
In writing The Alaskan Incident I did hundreds of hours of
research. The descriptions relating to the B-52 come directly from an original
1962 flight manual for a B-52B, C and D USAF series aircraft. All of the radar
stations mentioned existed. The Predator UAV attack in Pakistan happened.
All locations described in the book are real. All current affairs and news
stories mentioned during the narrative were being reported on the days when
the story unfolds. Even the weather, sunset times and moon phases are correct
for the times and days given. Weaving a plot and story around real events
is not easy as the timing has to be realistic. In the case of this novel,
I had to work backwards from the book's climax, which was a challenge. Even
so, the pieces fitted together and, although the story is a work of fiction,
the events depicted are plausible. It could have happened. And perhaps it
did . . . "
First published as an ebook in May 2013, The Alaskan Incident
is available through Amazon (Kindle), Lulu and iBooks. As with
his other books, Chris self-published the novel as it was clear that this
would result in greater control and a better return - important given the
work required to write it!
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