This story is dedicated to my father, Lloyd C. Little, who
instilled in me not only an interest in history,
but also a love
of reading and an open mind.
Conflict in the North is Daniel Little's second
exciting novel involving the Canadian Armed Forces! This time the Soviet Union is threatening Canada's North and NORAD and
all that stands before them is a small group of Canadian Rangers, and one regular Canadian Army sergeant.
It is 1966, and the Cold War is hot! The
Prime Minister knows that Canadian Sovereignty is only being given lip service by the world’s two Super Powers, but
when a team of Soviet Spetsnaz commandos is discovered in Labrador on a mission to disrupt NORAD’s Pinetree Line communications,
he realizes he must act swiftly or risk Canada forever becoming a mere puppet on the world stage.
The President of the United States, also aware of the Soviet Spetsnaz incursion and brushing aside Canada’s
jurisdiction, orders a US Navy SEAL detachment on a clandestine mission to Labrador with the mandate of eradicating the Spetsnaz
intruders and returning without being detected by the Canadians. When the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS Margaree runs afoul of the Soviet and American nuclear submarines responsible
for transporting their respective commando units however, events escalate quickly, driving the world to the brink of nuclear
disaster. Like the Prime Minister, HMCS Margaree's captain must think quickly to avert disaster.
High above the drama being played out on the ocean's surface, RCAF 416 Squadron CF-101 Voodoo's from Royal Canadian Air
Force Station Chatham are defending Canadian airspace, directed to their targets by the men and women manning the Pinetree
Line radar sites which form the backbone of NORAD's defence systems.
With tensions running high, Canada’s Prime Minister ignores his advisers and orders a contingent of Canadian
Rangers, accompanied by a regular army sergeant, to attack the Soviets. He knows his generals think him foolhardy, but he
is also aware that one Canadian Ranger in particular could effect the outcome. Conflicts arise above and below the ocean's
surface as HMCS Margaree takes on submarines from two nations. In the air, 416 Squadron Voodoos carry nuclear weapons on an
interception which could explode into WW-III. The action
moves quickly and putting this book down will not be easy.
Here's a sneak preview...
Seated in the comparatively spacious cockpit of his aircraft and holding formation low on the SR-71 Blackbird’s
starboard side, Squadron Leader Benjamin Jones, RCAF, grinned broadly. He had just pulled over and up from beneath the American
spy plane, after giving its cameras a nice overhead shot of the CF-101 Voodoo. Reaching down with his gloved hand to the radio
controls on the right console, he switched channels and called over to the US Air Force pilot on the NORAD guard frequency.
“Blackbird niner five zero,” he called, reading the numbers off the tail of the aircraft, “this
is golf november four zero zero, do you copy on guard?”
Damn Canadian jet jocks! Chris fumed
“Golf november four zero zero, this is niner five zero. Copy you on guard. I don’t suppose
you avoided my cameras this time?” Chris immediately regretted asking the question, knowing it was just what the guy
flying the Voodoo wanted to hear.
“Cameras?” Ben was trying hard to sound innocent. “Oh I’m
very sorry sir! I should have known that’s what those square openings in the bottom of your fuselage were for!”
“That’s just swell, Canuck!” Sardoucy pronounced ‘Canuck’ as though it were a swear
“Well, you know sir,” Ben continued in a condescending voice. “If you would just file a
flight plan with Canadian Air Traffic Control before you take off, this wouldn’t happen and I could be back at my base
watching the hockey game.” He knew he was pushing it.
“Yeah, maybe next time!” Chris firewalled
the throttles and started a turn that would bring him back to the reciprocal course for another photo run.
watched amazed, as the sleek black aircraft quickly pulled away until it had disappeared into the darkness. Had it been any
other type, he would have been tempted to kick in full afterburner and give chase but there was no point. The Blackbird would
leave him and his Voodoo standing still.
Conflict in the North Reviews:
Editor of Seawaves Magazine:
This book is the second effort to date from Nova Scotian Daniel Little on novels based on the Canadian military.
Not since the 1970s efforts of Richard Rohmer has this been done. While Rohmer's work started well and later descended to
we certainly hope Mr Little continues to improve. With his second book, improvement is certainly evident.
Read the entire review by clicking the image below:
finished reading “Conflict In The North”.
What an EXCELLENT novel. Not taking away from “Unheard Unseen”,
but this one should be in the excel category…..
The Reality versus Fiction aspect is great, the plot is fantastic,
and the flow between Subs/Destroyer
to Rangers/Spetsnaz to Ottawa/Moscow reads like a Tom Clancy Novel.
my son even likes the Canadians taking the cup.
GO CANADA GO!
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