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Blink of an Eye

Blink of an Eye

3.2 13
by William S. Cohen

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It is America's worst nightmare: A nuclear bomb destroys a major city. Thousands of Americans are dead and many more will die from radiation poisoning. Threats promising more attacks spread through the media. Panic has broken out in many cities. How could American intelligence have failed to detect a nuclear device? Who is responsible for the blast?


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Blink of an Eye 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
mkj1953 More than 1 year ago
Dull, rambling, long winded and predictable. Expected so much more.
foxtrotoscar More than 1 year ago
With all of Cohen's access to activities of the Department of Defense, he certainly picked a loser of a plot to write about. No exciting car chases, gunfights or anything else to make the reader turn pages. All in all a rather dull read when compared to other novels in this genre.
roycharlesPA More than 1 year ago
The reason I bought and read this book was that the author was a former US Senator and Secretary of Defense combined with the subject matter. I thought he would have good insight into what is really going on in the region. Certainly this is not great literature......but it accomplished its objectives with me. It is a good fictional representation of the complexities, nuances and the conundrums that we face in south Asia. It's worth reading if the subject matter is of interest.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A nuclear bomb leaves thousands instantly dead in Savannah. They are the fortunate as CDC reports others will soon die horrifically from the radiation poisoning. The Congress and the media demands to know why the Intelligence community including Homeland Security failed to prevent the deadly attack while rumors abound that more bombings of other cities will follow. As people panic with Congress and the media making things worse with accusations of an Iranian terrorist cell and Presidential election politics demanding retaliation as established by the 9/11 reactions. President Blake Oxley orders his National Security Adviser Sean Falcone to uncover the truth while his opponent Texas Senator Mark Stanfield insists the Savannah incident proves the incumbent soft on terrorism. General George William Parker agrees with Stanfield as he goes to the media demanding an all out assault on Iran. This exciting political thriller is at its best with the dysfunctional DC crowd who push personal agendas over facts. The story line is fast-paced but lacks the impact of the terrorist attack obliterating Savannah on key elements of American society. Still this is an engaging cautionary thriller that makes a case to gather the facts before hysterically rushing off to war. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read. I would have preferred more details of life after the resolution. It ends a bit too quickly.
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sandiek More than 1 year ago
The unthinkable, unspeakable has happened. A nuclear explosion has destroyed an American city. Thousands of American lives are lost. Entire blocks of the city are vaporized. Who could have done such an act? Further, how will America respond to such an egregious act of terrorism? The shock and horror quickly turn to demands for revenge and war, even before responsibility for the act is known. Will the President declare war, and will he do it because it is the right thing to do, or because he is pushed into it politically by rival factions determined to steer the course of the country? Iran is the first suspect and the one most people instinctively believe is behind the horror. Other nations start to line up on either the side of America retaliating against Iran or against such action. Israel has been poised to take action against Iran itself; where will it come down in the balance? Will the other countries with nuclear weapons stay on the sidelines or use whatever happens as entry for settling old feuds? Is Iran the true answer or is another country responsible and using Iran as a smokescreen? What about the domestic groups determined to steer the country towards their vision of how the future should unfold? Are any of these groups involved? William S. Cohen has written a heartstopping novel of terror and intrigue. Cohen is a former Secretary of State, serving under President Clinton. His background and expertise gives the book the immediacy and weight of details known only to a select few; those who daily balance what is best for the country and how America must relate to the myriad needs and desires of other countries, both friends and foes. This book is recommended for readers who enjoy spy and suspense novels; it is indeed a must-read.
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RadersFavorite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite After years embattled in a war that has yet to be confirmed as justified, the day has come for our troops to come home. The Middle East is on their own and Goodbye Day marks their adieu. Until...caught on camera, surreal and seemingly untrue, another rash of violence comes about, ending Goodbye Day before it can really even start. A story that has so many twists, so many turns .. . the players as dark as oil fires burning in the desert half a world away. It will take a patriotic man, one with dedication and perseverance, to find those behind the sinister ploy. Will the earth survive this evil or will it be saved from the clutches of what lies in planning, just ahead. Apocalyptic and waving the impending doom, the pages turn quickly in anticipation, and perhaps even dread, of what shall come next, who will overcome. Written by William S. Cohen, this book could very well be taken from a top secret journal; it reads real enough that anybody who watches the news will find it disturbing. With characters whose personalities and deeds ring so close to be potentially true, it is without a doubt one of the most thought-provoking fictions I have read in my entire life. In a day and age where we just don't know what to believe and what to disregard, I found myself wondering out loud whether this came from the mind of a man with a great imagination or a great memory ...