Exclusive: See The Cover For A.J. Tata’s 5th Jake Mahegan Thriller, ‘Dark Winter’

On October 30th, Jake Mahegan is back in A.J. Tata’s latest action-packed thriller, Dark Winter

Tata, a former Brigadier General, has more than three decades of public service as a military officer and in leadership roles at the county and state level. His last combat tour was as the Deputy Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division and the Joint Task Force in Afghanistan, commanding nearly 25,000 troops. Since then, he’s become a bestselling author, with eight novels already under his belt. . . four of which are part of his fan-favorite  Jake Mahegan series that kicked off back in 2015 with Foreign and Domestic

Last year, Tata took his series to another level with the fourth Mahegan book, Direct Fire. Now, he’s following that up with another hard-hitting, headline-beating plot that sounds absolutely awesome. 

Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive first look at the cover art for Dark Winter, and we’ve got the plot details to go with it. Scroll down to check them out! 

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Dark WinterIn a blistering scenario almost too close to the headlines, former Brigadier General A.J. Tata delivers a chillingly authentic glimpse of tomorrow’s wars–and the anonymous hackers who hold the fate of the world at their fingertips …

By the time anyone realizes what’s happening, it is too late. A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the U.S. military, unleashing chaos across the globe. U.S. missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America’s enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korean destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan.

Phase 1 of ComWar is complete.

Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar–aka Computer Optimized Warfare–and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. Mahegan knows it’s a virtual suicide mission. There are three ComWar headquarters, each hidden deep underground in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Splitting up the team is Mahegan’s only chance to prevent the next wave of cyber attacks. But even that won’t stop the sleeper cell agents–here in the United States …

When Phase 2 ends, World War III begins.

Pre-order Dark Winter Now!


2018 will actually be another two-book year for Tata. On top of the eight books he’s already written, plus Dark Winter, A.J. Tata co-authored Reaper: Ghost Target with former special operations direct action sniper Nicholas Irving.

One of my favorite and highest-rated books so far this year, Reaper, the first book in a new series, comes out everywhere on May 8th. You can read my review here, or click here to pre-order your copy now. 

While waiting for Dark Winter to hit bookstores, make sure you’re following A.J. Tata on Twitter and Facebook, and that you’re signed up for his newsletter on his official website. We’ll have plenty of more coverage for this title in the coming months, including a full review, so check back soon. In the meantime, if you haven’t already read Tata’s series and you like authors like Brad Thor, Ben Coes, or Mark Greaney, you’ve got to meet Jake Mahegan right away! 


Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck is “is the guy in the thriller world that people talk to behind the scenes.” (Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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