The Indo-Pakistani War Released

The next book in the Russian Agents series is now available in Kindle, paperback and hardcover. The audiobook is in production, with a projected January 2023 release date.

The Indo-Pakistani War is set after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when China and India are left as the only two major countries Russia can still count as friends.

After a break in their last two missions, the Russian Agents are back to chasing stolen nuclear weapons. For the first time, though, failure could lead to war between two countries with nuclear weapons: India and Pakistan.

And once a nuclear Indo-Pakistani War begins, will Russia and China be able to stay on the sidelines? If not, can World War III be far behind?

China Invades Taiwan Published Early!

First, I’d like to sincerely thank the over seven hundred readers who preordered China Invades Taiwan. I did my best to repay that faith by publishing the Kindle version over a month in advance of the promised Christmas Eve date. Much of the credit goes to my intrepid editor, who worked long hours to make this early delivery possible.

The paperback and hardcover editions are now available as well, with the audiobook to follow early in the New Year.

I look forward to hearing from all of you once you’ve had a chance to read the book! As always, please send all questions or comments through this blog, and I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Merry Christmas!

Publishers Weekly Review of The Second Chinese Revolution

The complete Publishers Weekly review of The Second Chinese Revolution follows:

In this overly long but intriguing action thriller from Halstead (The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine), pro-democracy advocate Chen Li Na, a brilliant computer hacker, uses a special device, which connects to internet satellites that service countries bordering China, in her work instigating attacks on the Chinese government.

To destroy these satellites, which have been launched by an American company run by Eli Wade, the Chinese leaders have several options: sabotaging the delivery rockets before they can take off, shooting them down as they fly into space, downing them once they’re in orbit, and, if all else fails, assassinating Wade.

Russian agents are employed to do the dirty work, so the Chinese have deniability; in return, China promises to buy all their oil and gas from Russia. Readers should be prepared for characters and plot points that appear and disappear amid massive amounts of historical and technical information.

Halstead does a good job pulling all the threads together, however, and those who persevere will turn the last page satisfied if exhausted. The open ending promises more to come.

Anti-Air Missile From Sub?

In my first book, The Second Korean War, an anti-aircraft missile is fired from an American Virginia class submarine. Is that really possible?

Here’s information on this topic posted on in 2017:

“Tests during the mid 2000s had the AIM-9X fired from a vertical launcher as a proof of concept demonstration. A few years later, an AIM-9X was launched from an actual submarine as part of a series of integration tests. Since then the program seems to have disappeared from public view, but it’s likely development has continued on in the classified world—especially considering that submarine-launched unmanned aircraft have been an operational reality within America’s nuclear submarine fleet for some time.”

It appears the answer is -yes, it is possible. Has this capability actually been deployed?

I doubt we will find out until an American submarine comes under air attack.

Publishers Weekly Review of The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine

Here’s the complete Publishers Weekly review of my latest book, The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine:

Halstead’s impressive fourth Russian Agents thriller (after The End of America’s War in Afghanistan) avoids the shopworn conventions of the genre.

In 1994, Russian Senior Sgt. Pofistal Arbakov, while dismantling an SS-24 nuclear missile in Ukraine, removes two of its 10 warheads, replaces them with dummies, and hides the real ones in a storage locker.

Flash forward to the near future. Anatoly Grishkov, Mikhail Vasilyev, and Mikhail’s wife, Neda Rhahbar—all Russian FSB agents—are tasked with finding the missing warheads. Though Americans are involved, the three FSB agents take center stage.

Halstead, a retired Foreign Service officer, keeps their actions and motivations believable while delivering insights into the present conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Fans of character-driven spy novels will be rewarded.

The Russian Agents Box Set!

In response to many reader requests, I’m pleased to announce publication of The Russian Agents Box Set. It includes The Second Korean War (2018), The Saudi-Iranian War (2019), The End of America’s War in Afghanistan (2020), and The End of Russia’s War in Ukraine (2020), and is available at this link:
The price is currently discounted by over half off the price of buying each book individually.
In particular, I’m glad this will make it easier for those who have enjoyed the books to give them to family and friends.

All My Books Stand Alone

So, why are all three books grouped together in a series? In short, because readers asked for a series page.

I resisted when there were only two books, because I didn’t want readers to think they were being pushed to buy more than one book. After all, I’m sure there are readers fascinated by Korea who have no interest in Iran, and vice versa.

Some readers contacted me directly through this blog to suggest a series. Others made comments in reviews like this one for The Saudi-Iranian War: “Reading its preceding novel, The Second Korean War, is recommended (because it’s really good also) as it sets good context for two key characters. But this story stands on its own two legs very well.”

I really dislike books that end with cliffhangers, trying to make you buy another. Each of my books really does end, as this reviewer for The Second Korean War noted: “Finally, THE BOOK ACTUALLY ENDED! Oh sure the stage was set for another, but the plot for this one ENDED.

Now, though, that there are three books a series page makes more sense. In particular, to make it easier for readers who want to buy all three books.

I’d appreciate any comments from readers about the new Amazon series page for my books!

Readers’ Favorite Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

I don’t know who Ted Halstead is, but I know one thing about him for sure. While writing The Second Korean War, he did his homework. I spent four years in the demilitarized zone in the 1980s. I’ve walked in a couple of tunnels big enough to roll an army through, a platoon at a time. Ted got it right. The only things he failed to mention are a couple of things that I’m pretty sure are classified top secret. It wouldn’t be cool to talk about that stuff. I go out of my way to find books on Korea and the Korean War. I am usually disappointed by authors who don’t know anything about the real situation, or they just don’t know how to write about it in a style that appeals to me. In Ted Halstead, I have found someone who knows a lot and knows how to write about it in a very appealing style.

As I think about why I liked The Second Korean War so much, a few things come to mind. The setting is important, and I appreciated an author who took the time to get it right. Then there is the writing itself. As I read the passages which featured submarine warfare or the political ramifications of war on the Korean peninsula, I felt it was very realistic. As realistic as the discussions and observations with other American soldiers and South Korean nationals I had when I was in that arena. Then there are the characters. Their actions and emotions rang true to me, which is why I consider The Second Korean War to be one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.

Rating: 5 stars