As the new world moves into the next millennium, the United States finds itself at the forefront of this new age, policing not only its own shores but the rest of the world as well. And spearheading this overmatch are the men and women of America's armed forces, the "troops on the wall," who will go anywhere, and do whatever it takes to protect not only our nation but the rest of the free world.

      Now, for the first time, COMBAT brings the best in military-fiction authors together to reveal how war will be fought in the twenty-first century. From the down and dirty "ground-pounders" of the U.S. Armored Cavalry to new frontiers of warfare, including outer space and the Internet, ten authors whose novels define the military-fiction genre have written all-new short novels about the men and women willing to put their lives on the line for freedom.

      Stephen Coonts' novella, AL-JIHAD, was first published in the VICTORY collection. It has been republished in THE SEA WITCH, a collection of three of his short fiction tales.