Lash-Up by Larry Bond takes to space in a thriller where China ignites a military crisis by shooting down GPS satellites belonging to the United States (available May 5, 2015).
In a bid to dominate Asia and the western Pacific, China provokes a military crisis with the United States and then starts shooting down GPS satellites. America has only a short amount of time to devise some way of protecting its remaining satellites or China will gain an enormous advantage in the coming conflict. The only way the satellites can be protected is from orbit, so an armed spacecraft must be quickly designed, built, and launched to fight on this new battlefield.
A team of soldier-scientists must construct a craft capable of knocking space weapons out of the sky. The fate of the United States rests on the shoulders of these determined people.
The sleek, streamlined object arced gracefully upward, its presence revealed only by the light reflecting off its hull as the sun emerged from behind Earth. Below, a new day was dawning in the Pacific basin, but the vehicle’s electronic brain ignored the aesthetic beauty of a perfect sunrise. Its attention was focused solely on its intended target.