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Enemy among Us: A Jordan Wright Thriller

Enemy among Us: A Jordan Wright Thriller

by Randy Reardon
     
 
America's enemies are no longer overseas. Those that want to cause us harm have arrived on our shores. Your neighbors, your co-workers, the merchants you buy from, the people who come into your house the people who walk by you on the sidewalk.

Who can you really trust? Is anyone really who they say they are?

In Enemy Among Us, decisions have been made by people,

Overview

America's enemies are no longer overseas. Those that want to cause us harm have arrived on our shores. Your neighbors, your co-workers, the merchants you buy from, the people who come into your house the people who walk by you on the sidewalk.

Who can you really trust? Is anyone really who they say they are?

In Enemy Among Us, decisions have been made by people, focused on their own self-interests, not those of their friends and neighbors:

A series of violent police officer murders in Philly with the suspected killers found dead within hours...

An Iranian immigrant walks into the FBI with a bizarre tale of kidnapping, manipulation and knowledge of a sleeper cell about to be activated ...

A Mexican billionaire wants revenge for perceived injustice forced on his country by its northern neighbor and is willing to use his fortune to fund it...

A group is dropped off at the site of the Liberty Bell, but they aren't there as tourists...

Facing these threats, Jordan Wright and his team are uncharacteristically a step behind in determining the intent and true target until it's potentially too late. Reaching out to non-traditional resources such as a Franciscan priest and a former leader of the East German Stasi, every avenue is explored to understand the connection between these events.

All of this leads to something but no one can figure out exactly what until terror breaks out on Independence Mall. As events unfold, Wright's team determines the true target and brings assets to bear to overt the destruction of the home of liberty, but just as the event is under control, Wright stumbles upon the true intent of the terrorist, a well planned and precisely carried out robbery of the U.S. Mint. The race begins to find out who is behind this assault on America with the intent to bring down the financial system of the free world.

Betrayal, self-interest and personal enrichment at the expense of others are at the heart of most thrillers. In this debut novel, it drives the action packed plot through a series of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out it will turn you a whole different direction.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
A thoughtful but unwieldy and polarizing thriller that sets clever American officers against devious Iranian machinations. Reardon begins his first novel with kinetic, slice-of-life portraits of American hero Jordan Wright and chief villain Mustafa Amadi. Jordan is in Umbria, Italy, recuperating from a mission, having successfully--and coincidentally--terminated Mustafa's mentor and five other men, a sin that he coolly, iconoclastically confesses to a priest after wandering into the confessional of a small parish church. The priest absolves Jordan with overly agreeable (and hardly credible) aplomb, and Jordan makes his way south to Assisi to visit the former CIA agent turned Catholic priest who initially recruited him into the world of international espionage. Eventually, his boss briefs him and sends him back stateside to work. From the book's opening chapters, the structure alternates from these good-guy intelligence ops to the bad guys' scheming and maneuvering. Already situated in the United States with economic and personnel resources, Mustafa, whose superior in the Iranian covert forces and fellow "warrior for the jihad" is now removed from the picture, allies with the mysterious Jerome Fernandez-Medina, deciding to fight the capitalist enemy while making some capital for himself. Mustafa, based in Philadelphia, has insinuated himself into the lives of several Iranian families as an "uncle," and he's using adolescent and teenage boys to carry out a mission, kept secret even from the boys, that will eventually take place at the Independence Mall. Mustafa is murderous and intimidating, even a bit over the top, and his consorts are fearful, dutiful and simpering, while the crackerjack squad of law enforcement officers Jordan works with in Philly, including romantic interest Kate, is painted in uniform, straightforward shades of red, white and blue. Sometimes the narrative unfolds too slowly, with an abundance of picking up and dialing cell phones, walking in and out of rooms, and indistinguishable characters hearing and/or participating in predictable, nearly automated conversations. Frequent grammatical and spelling errors provide additional hiccups, even as the climax delivers on its much-anticipated suspense. Unpolished and loosely organized, but more thoughtful and sensitive than other thrillers that vilify the Islamic world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456508289
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Randy Reardon lives in Bucks County, PA with his wife, three children and two dogs. A former Imagineer at Disney, Randy learned the art of storytelling while working with some of the most creative minds in theme park and hotel development. An avid reader of thrillers, Randy often found himself coming up with alternative plots and endings of the stories he read.

Randy bases his stories on the events of the days with numerous "what if" twists. Having had the wonderful opportunity to travel extensively, he weaves those experiences into his stories.

An associate member of the International Thriller Writers, (ITW) he is now working on his second novel, DomiNation, he hopes you will enjoy his work.

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