Staff-Sergeant Harry Sale of the Special Air Service had fought his way out of more tight corners than he cared to remember. Now he was across in the USA, away from the bullets and the bombs, passing on his specialised knowledge to squads of hand-picked Yanks.
It was supposed to be a hard-earned break from the savage war in Europe but, before Harry could begin to relax even a little, a silent and deadly new weapon was drifting ever closer to his training area…
Okay, a story about a tough SAS Sergeant - I like it already. Except he's swapped the savage war in Europe for a training exercise in Oregon, USA? Oh, righto…
Does this premise sound slightly underwhelming? It briefly crossed my mind but I'm glad to admit I was completely wrong. In fact, Death On The Wind is Commando at its most inventive - turning a plausible idea on its head and heading off on a taut, gripping adventure where hunter becomes hunted (and hunter once again!).
We're lucky, then, that we might actually judge the book by its wonderful, moody cover - painted by the late, great Phil Gascoine.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 2433 (December 1990).