THE PHALANX CODE: A.J. Tata’s Next Book Announced (with Details)



Sinclair, who first appeared in Tata’s 2021 thriller Chasing The Lion, before staring in this year’s Total Empire, is one of the genre’s hottest new heroes. An Army Lieutenant General who heads up “Dagger Team,” a Joint Special Operations team assigned to the toughest and most dangerous operations, Sinclair is equal parts Pike Logan and Jason Bourne. And if you like books featuring those two characters, then you should move Tata’s series to the top of your reading list. 

The Phalanx Code is book three in the series, and this time around, Sinclair is set to be tested like never before . . .

Check out the official plot details and cover art below.


Garrett Sinclair escapes from prison to rescue his team from the manipulations of two tech moguls and learns of a devastating family secret in the process.

Influential tech magnate Mitch Drewson calls on Sinclair and the Dagger team to protect his Project Optimus. An ambitious endeavor to empower citizens to protect financial and personal data in the face of increasingly authoritarian federal governments, Project Optimus is a threat to Aurelius Blanc’s Phalanx Corporation. Blanc’s data collection and media application is enabling a global security state through partnerships with the major industrialized nations, creating a technofascism that monitors the activity of everyone with a smartphone, tablet, computer, or any web connected device.

When Phalanx assassin squads overrun an Optimus server farm in California and attack an Optimus coder named Blair Campbell, Sinclair must deploy the troops that Drewson has marshalled to save Blair and protect the remainder of the Optimus team so they can finish their important work—which includes deciphering the mysterious Phalanx Code, suspected to be Phalanx’ kill list of Optimus employees.

With Phalanx squads hunting him and those he loves, Sinclair must determine who he can trust while a part of his past comes back to haunt him and threaten everything he holds dear. Nonstop action and authentic detail makes this the strongest entry yet in the thrilling Garrett Sinclair series.



A.J. Tata, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired), most recently performed the duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon. He also commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2007 where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal. He is the author of numerous national bestselling novels, including books from The Captain Jake Mahegan and Threat Series. He was the National Security Expert for One America News Network and a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News and CNN.

Readers looking to pre-order The Phalanx Code can now do so here or anywhere else books are sold.



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