|Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. (novel)|
|Publication date||December 29, 2009|
|Published by||Berkley Books|
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is a novel released on December 29, 2009 written by David Michaels.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
Just as Troy Loensch comes into his own as a pilot with the United States Air Force, a private military contractor called Firehawk takes over. Troy isn't happy with the arrangement-and neither is the CIA. And when they ask Troy for help investigating Firehawk, he accepts-with explosive consequences...
Plot summary[edit | edit source]
The screw-up Troy Loensch graduates from pilot training and is eventually assigned to Falcon Force with two wingmen to gather intelligence in the Sudan conflict. He and his wingmen Jenna Munrough are eventually shot down. When they return to the United States, they discover that the conflict was over and they go their separate ways.
Munrough soon recruits Loensch into the PMC Firehawk, LLC, and he becomes a hero of sorts within the company. Firehawk eventually takes over the HAWX Program and he is assigned as a test pilot. The CIA recruits him, and after snooping in his office, General Raymond Harris strands him in his jet. Loensch crashes and is presumed dead, and stays underground near Nicaragua. When he returns, it is to find that Harris and Cernavoda Partners, another PMC, are preparing their plans for The Transition, where the US Executive Branch is outsourced. When Congress votes them down, the next day they plant armored vehicles in Washington and assemble them for another vote, which passes. The President reads a statement where he will not capitulate, so Harris, who considers himself a "duly authorized authority", launches in a Raven to nuke Camp David. Munrough and Loensch commandeer two National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons and fail to shoot him down, so Loensch rams his plane into the Raven, destroying it. As he returns to Munrough's home, he is met by his CIA contact, who tells him it is not over.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Although the timeline is vague, at one point it is mentioned that it takes place after 2006. The Reykjavik Accords, which according to the Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. game, was signed in 2012, suggesting that the novel serves as a prequel to the main portion of the game. Loensch's joining Firehawk can be sourced to roughly 2011-2012, based on how much time has passed between his postings.