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The Devil's Light

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

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    America's Light

    If the nuclear bomb is the devil's light, then why is America the one holding the most of them? Rhetorical question, of course. One thing author Richard North Patterson does in this novel is educate. If you didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shia, you will find out here, especially how much the two factions hate each other. Paterson tells us a great deal of the Mideast, the weaknesses of the US government, and then he also tries to tell a story of suspense. A nuclear bomb is Osama Bin Laden's gift on the tenth anniversary of 9-11. Where it will land is one of the questions of the story, but there is no Seal Team 6 to stop it, only a CIA agent and a female undercover Mossad agent. Of course, the two are in love. As the nuclear bomb moves across the Mideast, the tension should be building, but instead we get a history of the affair between the two agents. This is the equivalent of throwing cold water on any interest the reader may have in what could be suspense involving the bomb. The other unlikely factor in the novel is that only one person sees the true direction of the bomb. That's right, our entire government cannot figure it out, just this one agent. The book still retains some interest despite these interruptions, but any Richard North Patterson novel is expected to be a bit of a lecture. So be prepared, duck for cover, and enjoy the romance. When finished, see how many college credits you can get for your new knowledge.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    This tense thriller makes a powerful plausible argument that history repeats the same mistakes

    Al Qaeda key terrorist leader, Al Zaroor plans destruction for 9/11/11 that will make the original 9/11 appears like a minor event. He needs a nuclear device, but Al Zaroor knows nuclear bombs left stationary are protected but those moved for purposes of the regional cold war with India is accessible for stealing. He arranges for an incident to heat up the always simmering conflict between Pakistan and India, and has a bomb hijacked while in transit.

    Bin Laden announces to the world his team has the bomb and will use it on an American city to commemorate the tenth anniversary. While Pakistan denies the loss of a WMD, the CIA, HSD, and DOD take the terrorist at his word and try to protect America. However, CIA field operative Brooke Chandler thinks it is a hoax as he believes the target is Tel Aviv with the goal being America (and the Israelis) reacting like it did to 9/11/01 by attacking a nation; this time Iran. Chandler fails to sell his argument so he lines up his retired former boss Carter Grey to prevent 9/11 all over again.

    This tense thriller makes a powerful plausible argument that history repeats the same mistakes, but worsened by stronger weapons. The gripping story line is at its best with the set up of the brilliant credible terrorist plot that extrapolates from the real world such as America's ports not very secure. The tension is somewhat deflated when the plot turns to the two Americans trying to thwart the scheme as that follows a pre-ordained path though exciting. Still this poignant tale grips the reader from story to finish with a reasonable premise of what Al Qaeda plans to celebrate their greatest triumph.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    What a great read. Did not want to put it down.

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