Published by: Severn River Publishing
Release Date: November 21, 2023
After a Navy pilot inexplicably loses control of his stealth fighter, he stumbles upon a global conspiracy, and embarks on a thrilling chase filled with espionage and betrayal.
TOP GUN instructor Colt Bancroft has just catapulted off the USS Abraham Lincoln, his F-35C Joint Strike Fighter trailing blue and yellow flame as he climbs into the night sky off the California coast.
When he is sent to investigate a series of mysterious lights floating dangerously close to his aircraft carrier, disaster strikes. His jet becomes unresponsive as it rolls inverted and enters a nosedive aimed right at the aircraft carrier’s unsuspecting escort cruiser…
What follows is a tale of heroism and betrayal, spycraft and suspense, and aerial combat against an unexpected adversary.
To clear his name and unmask a traitor, Colt must survive a dangerous game of spy-vs-spy, where trusting the wrong person could cost him his life. To stop the enemy from hitting their ultimate target, Colt must use every ounce of his skill and training…and uncover the identity of the UNKNOWN RIDER.
From author Jack Stewart, a former US Navy Top Gun instructor pilot, comes an exhilarating military thriller that’s packed with high-octane action and puts the reader behind the controls of a modern jet fighter. Perfect for fans of Tom Clancy and Dale Brown.
"Unknown Rider is a stunning military thriller strongly evocative of classic Clancy and Dale Brown. Intensely paced and skillfully plotted."
- Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Grey Man
"A high-octane and adrenaline-powered thriller… Strap in and hold on!"
- Jack Carr, Former Navy SEAL Sniper and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece Terminal List series
"Jack Stewart’s been there-done that writing catapults readers through Unknown Rider from page one. Colt is a unique combination of Jack Ryan and Pete Mitchell, from espionage to dogfights…this is a Mach 5 debut."
- Brad Taylor, Retired Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author of the Pike Logan series
"Stewart firewalls the throttles with the first sentence and keeps the afterburners howling until the end. Take a deep breath and hold on tight - you're going to love this ride!"
- Don Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of Forgotten War
"In Unknown Rider Jack Stewart's background as a naval aviator shines through. Espionage effortlessly fused with aviation. A must read for military thriller enthusiasts - the Battle Born series is storytelling in afterburner!"
- Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of Deep Fake
"With a cast of sharply drawn characters and a thought-provoking storyline, Stewart's provocative debut grabs you from the get-go. A powerful entry in what should be a fantastic series."
- Simon Gervais, Former RCMP counterterrorism officer and bestselling author of The Last Protector
"Unknown Rider is a non-stop, white-knuckled adventure from start to finish. Brimming with action, intrigue, and spycraft, it is also a deeply authentic immersion into the heart and soul of the modern fighter pilot. I could not put it down."
- David McCloskey, author of Moscow X
"Jack Stewart teaches a masterclass on naval aviation, surface warfare, and espionage tradecraft in Unknown Rider. It leaves readers breathless by the end and hungry for the next book in his Battle Born series."
- Taylor Moore, author of Firestorm
"Authentic, fast, and utterly propulsive, Stewart's debut is just incredible. I can't wait to see what he does next."
- Connor Sullivan, author of Wolf Trap
"Jack Stewart is a name you won't soon forget after reading his lights-out, full-throttle thriller, Unknown Rider. A pilot by day, Stewart brings a wealth of knowledge about flying, but his greatest strength is understanding how to hold the reader's attention, constructing a debut thriller that reads fast and soars above the rest."
- The Real Book Spy (Five Notable 2023 Debut Thrillers That Should Be On Everyone's Radar)
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