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The reader is paralyzed with anticipation as the plot somersaults out of control after the enemy operatives swiftly perform a devastating political strike, and then realize they have been set up.
Here the game changes and no one has told them the rules. Betrayed by their own country and thrown into a world they can not trust, they are forced to depend on the most potent weapon they had ever been trained to use: their unnatural minds. In a fast paced novel that spins from one explosive scene to the next, the most high-tech weaponry is used including speed of light weapons, "smart chips", artificial intelligence, and never before exposed government technology and organizations, thus introducing a new, exciting, untapped level of spycraft where nothing is what it seems.
Anthony R. Howard has been an industry recognized consultant for the premier global technology firms for over 12 years. Presently he is a leading Advanced Systems Consultant for one of the world's largest Information Technology firms where he was the winner of the National
Federal Office Systems Award (FOSE - Nation's Largest Information Technology Exposition Serving the Government Marketplace), and the 2004 winner of Government Computer News Best New Technology Award. Several case studies have been published on Howard's solutions across the Information Technology industry. Currently he provides enterprise technology solutions and advisement for America's most distinguished clients including a sizeable amount of work for the U.S. Defense Sector, Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. After founding his own technology firm, Howard completed his formal education with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology. His vast career has included controlling hundreds of devices worldwide from secure Network Command Centers to relocating overseas to Amsterdam, The Netherlands for more than a year to solve technology issues for American based companies. He has also worked briefly for a private military logistics corporation that contracts a sizable amount of work from the Department of Defense and other military institutions.
Posted July 10, 2014
I like spy novels. The funny thing about these type of books is that they are often predictable. I even though The Matarese Countdown was good, but certainly not great. Howard is a good writer in his field and it is likely that many will attempt to emulate his brilliant style. This story is about a group of spies trained since birth to blend into American society, and the CIA agents (assassins) who attempt to stop them. The global community is unaware of the schemes the wealthy and powerful are bringing to bear, as well as the plotting by foreign governments, The characters are enjoyable, and some of them quite memorable. The antagonists even turn into protagonists and are seemingly unstoppable. If you like Ludlum, you’ll enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2012
The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox would best be summarized using words such as exciting, action-packed, and insightful. The characters quickly develop into pivotal players on a global scale, and from the beginning the book has a grand feel. The delivery of the novel makes it easy to imagine it as movie-worthy, and the technology employed by the main characters(operatives) is nothing short of amazing. Speed of light weaponry and large-scale nuclear wars controlled entirely by computers are just a few of the advanced possibilities the book explores. As the story progresses the stories from the different characters begin to mesh, and that's when the book really takes off. There is a constant flow of deception, counter-intelligence, espionage, and assassinations, such that there is never a dull moment. The Invisible Enemy is highly recommended not just because it is deeply informative, but also because the information is woven in a thrilling story. The journey of the Russian operatives and their battle against the similarly talented forces of the US makes for a very exciting read!
- Meant to rate 5 stars both times on the previous review - GREAT BOOK
Posted April 17, 2012
The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox would best be summarized using words such as exciting, action-packed, and insightful. The characters quickly develop into pivotal players on a global scale, and from the beginning the book has a grand feel. The delivery of the novel makes it easy to imagine it as movie-worthy, and the technology employed by the main characters(operatives) is nothing short of amazing. Speed of light weaponry and large-scale nuclear wars controlled entirely by computers are just a few of the advanced possibilities the book explores. As the story progresses the stories from the different characters begin to mesh, and that's when the book really takes off. There is a constant flow of deception, counter-intelligence, espionage, and assassinations, such that there is never a dull moment. The Invisible Enemy is highly recommended not just because it is deeply informative, but also because the information is woven in a thrilling story. The journey of the Russian operatives and their battle against the similarly talented forces of the US makes for a very exciting read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2012
This book will keep you up at night enthralled in a whirlwind of action, twist and turns, secret technology, spies, espionage, secret societies and a masterfully written plot. Since the author is a renowned technology consultant who speaks at many technology conferences; I took a special interest in this book because it would bring me behind the scenes. The book pulled me in from the very beginning and I'm interested in learning about how innovative technology and weapons cans effect this country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2012
For real, this book kept me deep into it all the way to the end. I couldn't put it down, I picked it up because it looked cool and was laying around. I stayed up late many nights when I should have been sleeping. This book was hot - and I couldn't put it down simply because the twists in the turn keep me turning the pages as the night went by. The characters were slick and smart, the technology is cool and I finished this book in a brief amount of time, and all this is saying a lot because I don't really don't read that fiction that often because of my hectic schedule. I'll tell you like this. I don't read fiction that often, but the book captured me and kept me into the story. It has love, war, sex, espionage, covert operations, political agenda's, hidden themes's, organized crime and United States hidden history and secrets.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2012
The Invisible Enemy was a very good book. I normally don't read spy novels because they tend to drag out a bit but after I read the summary I thought I would give this one a try. I wasn't disappointed! The characters were well developed and the storyline kept you intrigued. Lots of action and advanced technology that was described in great detail, but not too much where you're thinking "ok, get to the point". The Invisible enemy kept me turning the pages. I strongly believe this would make an EXCELLENT movie. I have and will suggest this and The Invisible Enemy II to my friends. No question about it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2012
I initially read The Invisible Enemy because it was referred to me and it hit the bestseller list (which does not impress me because most of that is just hype). Well,imagine my surprise when I found myself up all night with red eyes flipping the pages with anticipation. This book was actually really good! The characters are well thought out. It's one of those books where you are putting yourself in the life of the character. I could really appreciate the "character tree" in the back of the book that really helped me to associate all the characters in the book.
I am a self help author and I favor self help books. The Invisible Enemy was my first look into the world of espionage, spies,and murder.It will most definitely not be my last. Spy novels are usually not a "girl thing", but this book is written in such a way that women can really appreciate the female character's style,power,and finesse.
Anthony R Howard, knows his stuff. It's like he has an inside scoop. This book is very well written. He draws his reader in causing them to want to read and know more and more. I was impressed and even amazed that this was the authors first book. I look forward to reading more of his work and recommending his work to my family and friends. Great job Mr Howard.Great job.
Posted February 24, 2012
I was totally captivated by the characters Anthony Howard has created in this high energy thriller. I was completely drawn in from the first chapter and could not put the book down for a minute. Anthony Howard was able to capture my full attention from start to finish in this highly intelligent and action-packed novel. Such a great read. Can't wait for the movie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2012
After you get over the initial shock on the first few pages, you will just fall in love with this novel. The technology described in the book makes you wonder if the intel agencies really have those abilities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2012
Hubby often complains that I spend to much money on books. I have been know to buy 3-5 paperbacks in a weekend (if I’m splurging). This is one of the books that I will definitely read over and over again.
Anyone who loves the show “24″ would love this book. This book has it all spies, deception, international intrigue, and great action sequences. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put this book down until I finished the last page. The best thing is that hubby has stated that he wants to read this book next.
Posted September 11, 2011
A team of meticulously crafted spies are raised their entire life to orchestrate infiltration. They don't know their real names, they don't know their origin, and they are literally bred with the understanding that they must master one thing, survival. At all cost survival and information collection sets out to become their sole goal as they grow to become bitter adults who are smarter than any of their prey.
Anyone who is looking for a good spy novel would really enjoy this book. It has all the elements that would keep that type of reader hooked to the pages between this book. In that, the book is as exciting as it is difficult to follow at times. The fact that there is a organizational map in the back of the book should have clued me into the fact that it would be hard at times to follow the hierarchy that even some of the main characters were aloof to. The book was well written, but kept me from being in complete awe do to the fact that there was so much to understand in order to truly grasp the concept of the novel.
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Posted July 31, 2011
Invisible Enemy-Black Fox and the sequel Invisible Enemy II-Vendetta by Anthony Howard are riveting espionage journeys inside a realistic world of current affairs dominated by international and local coverts. Howard skillfully delivers an excellent nonstop action spy thriller. A definite page turner! Clearly, an abundance of expert research and analytical thought was poured into the writing of both novels. Cloaked within the pages are intriguing hidden themes. The reader is subliminally swayed to perpetually develop empathy for the antagonistic characters. The plot is a captivating flow of unpredictable surprises; especially at the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2011
The most exhilarating book I have read. Almost like being in the movies and on a roller coaster. The plot developments, twist and turns, surprises, well written action scenes, and creative and innovative (but realistic) technology and story development left me enthusiastically impressed, which is VERY hard to do as I'm a critic and a bookworm. Most books just don't cut it. To describe it, I'm almost at a loss for words. I'll say that it's a four way hybrid between Mission Impossible, with Enemy of the State, Salt, and Deception Point, but with it's very own body and mind. This book left me on the edge of my seat once I started reading. The things discussed in this book had me on Google saying to myself 'there is no way this stuff could be real'. But it is. It challenged me to look within myself and ask "when is it okay for American rights to be violated in order to protect American citizens?" and "What about my privacy rights". I love books were you walk away from them assessing your values and wanting to know more about what you just read. The book also dives into how Osama Bin Laden was captured and how missions like that are executed (elimination of high value targets). This truly is an insiders spy novel. Was up all night reading and glad to do it. Almost late for work the next morning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 21, 2010
This book is highly captivating from the start. As a huge fan of shows such as "24" and "The Wire" this book is right up my alley. There is excitement and suspense and even romance in "The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox. I had to stay up late many nights because I could not put this book down. There are so many details and twist and turns that you may find yourself going back to re-read a couple of pages because it is jam packed with so many things. If you are into to weapons and gadgets (like I am) you will lose your mind thinking about the how they look and operate. The Characters will pull you in in a way your not expecting. I starting reading the book and at the beginning I hated a few characters and ended up loving them in the end. Its a human story. It makes you think constantly and you feel the things they are dealing with. This book will open your mind to things that are happening in our everyday lives that we don't normally think about or may only consider when we turn on the news. I was too happy to know that the book had a follow up right behind it - "The Invisible Enemy: Vendetta" which I will start reading very soon. Anthony R. Howard is to be commended for giving us a true masterpiece!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2010
Its interesting how something as seemingly boring as politics, foreign affairs, and government can grip you from the first chapter and leave you with a cliff hanger leaving you wanting more! Espionage, terrorism, spys and weapons technology have never been so intriguing. I really enjoyed the book, will definitely get & read the sequel as well as recommend to others. Excellent effort - A breath of fresh air!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2010
An incredibly specialized and top secret Russian organization breaks into the offices of The Washington Post looking for plans of a military helicopter that is not supposed to exist. They also plan to kill the reporter who leaked the story. Such begins an international incident that stirs up a world still in the midst of the Cold War threatening to ignite a nuclear war of which the world has never seen. When I started reading The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox, I was excited to see that the reporter of so much interest was a black woman. However, she is a pawn, quickly eliminated and forgotten within the rest of the story. To this I say to Anthony Howard, nice one, Tarantino. I will admit that as a fan of political intrigue and suspense, this is actually a well-executed story even with the few editing errors. This book has the quality of the 1973 film Day of the Jackal in that you don't know who to root for. The Russian assassins are the only ones given full characterizations, so in that regard, they are the protagonists. Still, you don't know whether you want them to succeed because of their pasts or if you want them to be killed to rid the world of such a dangerous enemy.
Posted September 6, 2010
This was the best read I've had in a MINUTE. I hate that I have to wait any length of time for the next book in any series. I loved that I actually had to pull out the dictionary in a few places just to find the meaning of a word. Well done. I felt challenged and completed. I felt angry and vendicated. I FELT. Over a book!!! I felt, that hasn't happened in a while. For a book to make me feel something other than, is this over with yet is astounding. I have read the likes of Walter Mosley, James Patterson, Stephen King, Mary B. Morrison, Terry McMillan, and countless others. I must say your book is as much a page turner, if not more so, than many of my favorite authors. I will spread the word because you, sir, have made me reach back into my book junkie roots and reconnect with a part of me that has been dormant since my 3rd reading of the Twilight series. I loved that I was so disgusted and tickled that I actually had to text the author. I was hurt about Dorian, see here I go feeling again. I handed the book to my hubby to read when I was done. I can't wait for him to gobble it up so we can talk about it. I dreamed about the ending of this book. I dreamed about the characters and the technology. I dreamed about the super villans and where they are now. I mean, this book has me looking at people like they could be spies planted here for espionage. I haven't done that since the first few chapters of Angels and Demons with the alibino. You referenced events that have made history in my lifetime. Thank you. You have included an otherwise forgotten generation. I was reading to see if I could find any grammatical errors or structural idiosyncrasies. I could find none. If there were any, they were forgotten by the next sentence because you wrote something that blew my mind away. Thank you. Thank you!!! Please know that I will spread the word about this book to every book junkie I know (and I know a lot). If you're a book-a-holic reading this review, please know that it has taken someone who doesn't normally read spy novels and made me into a believer. I want more of this series. It was fabulous!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2010
I was intrigued by the preface of The Invisible Enemy but I had no idea that it would exceed my expectations the way it did. The book drew me in after the first couple of chapters and continued to peak my interest more and more as I read it. I was always expecting the energy of the book to stop, thinking there is no way this can get better but it did! The Invisible Enemy had a great mix of action, suspense, espionage, romance, depth, realistic events, versatility, events challenging the Hollywood norms, and interrelated episodic plots. The Invisible Enemy Black Fox is a must read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2010
If you like spy novels, you must pick this one up. I typical do not read spy novels because some of them get too bogged down in operational details but this one gives you the details while keeping the action going. Fast paced and exciting, this page turner keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. A must read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2010
the invisible enemy: black fox was an excellent book that i could not put down! lots of action, military intelligence, secret places that probably exist in the real world, but you've never thought about before. very detailed character development, even a bit of a love story hidden underneath the surface for all the females out there. can't wait to read the next one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.