The Able Archers
Koehler Books Bestseller
US Air Force Captain Kevin Cattani and Soviet GRU Colonel Ivan Levchenko team up in the fall of 1983 to stop the worst nuclear crisis of the Cold War. The crisis begins with the Soviet shootdown of Korean Air Lines flight 007 and escalates when the Soviets’ most advanced missile warning satellites incorrectly detect the launch of multiple nuclear missiles from a US Air Force base in North Dakota. The crisis reaches its crescendo weeks later when NATO kicks off the largest nuclear war exercise (called Able Archer) in the history of the Cold War. Nerve-wracking episodes unfold in locations from Tokyo to Moscow to East Berlin and more. At a time of apocalyptic confrontation, the United States and the Soviet Union rely on Cattani and Levchenko to prevent a global nuclear war.
“16th Annual National Indie Excellence Award” Winner of the Military Fiction category, Finalist in the Historical Fiction category
“2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards” Finalist in the Historical Fiction category
—New York Journal of Books
—Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization
—Robert M. Gates, former Secretary of Defense
Brian J. Morra is ‘the master craftsman’. The Able Archers is brilliant.
—William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
—Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper and #1 NYT bestselling author
A brilliant thriller full of practical lessons for policy-makers… A seamless blend of carefully researched history and a fascinating cast of both real and fictional characters…
—Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Commander USN, (Ret)
—General Bryan Doug Brown, USA (ret) 7th Commander of Special Operations Command
—Admiral Timothy J. Keating, United States Navy (retired)
—The Honorable James K. Glassman, former Undersecretary of State
Brian’s settings, scenes and characters are absolutely authentic and can send shivers up the spines of those who were there and will never forget those events of 40 years ago.
—Larry Cox, Intelligence Officer
This is a must read, and I hope that future books by this talented author will use history to help us understand our world today.
—Samuel C. Mahaney, Maj Gen, USAF (Retired), HVAO Historian
The Able Archers is a truly gripping account of one of the most dangerous episodes of the Cold War.
—Taylor Downing, historian and author
—Award-winning author Carole P. Roman
—Dr. Robbin F. Laird
—Jeffrey “Skunk” Baxter
—Samuel G. Tooma, Oceanographer and Author