Captain Bo Rokowsky arrives at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota for an air show and to check on Paige Haugen and Kirstie, her young daughter. Her Air Force ex-husband died in prison after Bo helped convict him of drug running and terrorist ties. Although attracted to the handsome younger man, Paige is determined to make a secure life for her daughter, who's deeply wounded by her father's death. But when someone tries to kidnap Kirstie, she needs Bo's help. Explosive Alliance (4.5) is typical Catherine Mann, a wonderful book with interesting, complicated, heartwarming characters, a great plot and strong military details.