"Talky opening chapters set the stage at a New Persian royal ball... after that, however, the formal narrative transitions from Tolstoy to Tom Clancy...Alternative-history fans are the ideal readership...the promising beginning of a larger "New Persia" saga... a sci-fi setting that also delivers shock-and-awe combat action."
-- Kirkus Reviews
In the far future, on a distant world, civilization is rebuilding itself after centuries of barbarism. The wasteland, where no Earth life can survive, spawns great firestorms which devastate everything in their path. Hurricanes of fire rain destruction across thousands of miles. Civilization rises and falls by the whim of the storms.
Civilization is now divided between two competing powers. The Azanians, stung by defeat in the last war, are ready for a rematch. They plan to attack when the next firestorm hits New Persia and have amassed a formidable arsenal of tanks and jet fighters.
To oppose them, New Persia has Captain Basir Turani, a young tank commander, and Farad Hashemi, an ace fighter pilot. With tanks and planes reminiscent of the 1950s on Earth, they will fight the invasion of their homeland.
Two women, Suri Pahlavi, and Nasrin Avesta will rise to the occasion beyond the role society expects of them. On a planet rising from the ashes of fallen empires, it is time for things to change.
BEFORE THE STORM is the first book in the New Persia series of military science fiction novels.