by James Mullaney
Cover by Mark Maddox
Take one psycho beauty hell-bent on revolution. Add millions in illicit cash. Stir in one counterculture army. Simmer in a political pressure cooker until it explodes into America’s streets.
A devastating attack in the heartland leaves a stunned nation reeling. Claiming credit for the unprovoked strike is a new radical group called the People’s Brigade. Even as bodies are pulled from the rubble, this heretofore unknown group loses no time launching assault after assault in cities across the country.
America’s intelligence agencies are flying blind and can only stand helpless as the violence escalates … until a desperate MIC tosses Patrick “Podge” Becket and Dr. Thaddeus Wainwright into the fray. They quickly uncover a scheme that links the People’s Brigade to underground radical groups in every state in the union, all answerable to a lovely young sociopath called Daisy.
The gal’s got looks, brains, money and an army of men willing to die for a cause. Our side has the Red Menace and Dr. Wainwright — the bad guys haven’t got a chance.
WHO IS THE RED MENACE? Throughout the 1950s, this was the number one question from Moscow to Beijing and in every communist palace and malaria-ridden backwater in between. The mysterious masked figure was a shadow and a whisper. For the Kremlin and its fellow travelers, he was a damnable monkey wrench tossed into the gears of the not-so-glorious worldwide revolution. Wherever Reds schemed, the Menace was there to set things right. Then, 1960 came and the whisper grew silent.
Twelve years later, Podge Becket, computer tycoon and security expert, thinks he’s hung up his mask and cape for good. Aided by his partner, inventor and physician Dr. Thaddeus Wainwright, the Red Menace is dragged back into the hero game. But it’s a whole new world out there ...