When a black ops agent engages in a global manhunt to avenge his commander’s assassination, Kirk Magnus discovers a psychotic sheikh’s plot for amassing power by directing terror attacks against the US. Magnus brings into play extreme measures after Sheikh Qadr al-Masri obliterates the Port of Houston and surrounding refineries, turning the crude oil market upside-down. After shaking off al-Masri’s Russian hit men, Magnus leads his hunter-killer team on a worldwide manhunt to take out the sheikh. He penetrates enemy communications and ferrets out his nemesis’ next target, a nuclear power plant in New Jersey. In a turf war for operational command, Magnus clashes with his estranged and fiery lover, the Commander of the Hostage Rescue Team. Stymied by her politically correct agenda and the sheikh’s deception, Magnus struggles to interdict the sheikh’s commando assault from an Iranian submarine lurking off Delaware Bay. He succeeds, but fails to discover the sheikh’s contingency plan that blankets the Delaware Valley with a cloud of radioactivity. Dead set on revenge, Magnus raises his sights on the sheikh’s headquarters in Dubai, but he is captured and held prisoner as al-Masri bolts into the forbidding Rub’ al-Khali desert, exploiting his lover as a hostage.
I enjoyed this 44 chapter book. Living in West Virginia all my life, I loved reading about Tyson Corner, Washington DC, and Georgetown. It made the story seem closer to home since I was familiar with locations. My favorite lines: 1) In their line of work, failure to respond to an encrypted phone call struck fear. It meant one of two things, and no one buried a dead battery. 2) A mole. It was the foulest four-letter word Kirk knew, and being ex-military, he knew plenty. 3) “Damn it,” Kirk groused. “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” 4) Less was always more when it came to conversation and Kirk was not one for idle chatter.
This story was fast-paced and full of action. No one was safe, so I sat on the edge of my seat, wondering when someone’s time would expire. Kirk reminded me a lot like Gibbs–sexist, bends the rules to fit his needs (ultimately being right), respected in his division, a hard ass. The international sign of incompetence was pretty funny.
- Brett was his best friend who had died on duty. This sets Kirk in revenge mode. He works for a counterterror unit for Omega Six and is later paired with Michelle. I enjoyed their interaction. She had a secret crush on him while trying to earn his respect. I was sad when she was killed. Not even Kirk’s dog was safe!
- The book had three-dimensional terrorists. They were intelligent (for a while there I thought they’d be undefeatable). It was more than they hated Americans so wanted to see them suffer. They had a sad backstory. If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you’ll love this book. It even had shady politicians.
The author did a fantastic job with creating original, creative images and metaphors. It was a nice surprise to see a little love in the mix. As part of his mission, Kirk was reunited with his ex-girlfriend, the one he never stopped having feelings for. They reminded me of Gibbs and Jenny on NCIS. Were they and the team able to give the bad guys their karma? You’ll have to read to find out.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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