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Aisha al-Rashid, a moderate descendant of Arabian royalty and the sister of one of the Union Station bombers, serves as a thoughtful counterpoint, as her path exposes her to the Americans' plot.
"The Target persuasively captures the rarely-presented perspective of the war veteran who has managed the sometimes overwhelming transition from the 'extreme highs and nearly bottomless lows' of combat to the routine of a normal life. The choices that he and his friends make are chillingly possible in today's world. Bowen's characters have much to say."
Neil B. Crist- recipient of the USAF Academy Jabara Award for Airmanship, the Silver Star, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, and 22 Air Medals.
About the Author
Bill Bowen holds degrees in foreign affairs from the United States Air Force Academy and Georgetown University. He has served in military intelligence and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs ... at the intersection of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the President's National Security Advisor.
The Target reflects Bowen's concern about the combination of terrorism and nuclear weapons and the missing element of deterrence in that equation. It is his hope that the leaders of Iran, Pakistan, and other countries will understand the danger of uncontrolled proliferation.
Bowen lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, where he enjoys the political theater of local and state government and shares his thoughts at www.RightinSanFrancisco.com.
Posted December 5, 2010
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Mike Curran has suffered the worst loss in anyone's life with the death of his beloved wife, the love of his life. This was an calculated act at the hands of a terrorist who attacked in Chicago without a care for who was going to be a victim. Mike can't move on, he can't let go, he won't be consoled with kind words and he can't forget what was done to his life, his city and his country. Mike wants more than retribution for this act he wants revenge and having both received a stellar education and having served in the military he has the working knowledge and military connections to take his plan from thought to reality and make those who keep getting past our government pay.
What happens when the first initial step is completed changes Mike forever and makes him hungry for more. He involves more people in the next phase and realizes a bigger target and larger destruction. Too many people have been touched by what the terrorists have done and a warning shot has to be sent to jolt everyone and Mike has the men and the plan to make that happen. But is Mike up for this and does he have the right people in place? Mike wants the country to wake up and see what is going on and generate more interest than a few nights of viewing on the national news before the country gets bored with another negative news night.
Mike assembles his group, draws up the plans, organizes the operation and moves forward with something as terrorizing as any other group has done. Once the objective had been set there was no going back because too many people knew about the plan and the timeline had been set with the clock ticking. The final question always is "when this is done is the deed worth the risk"? Mike knows the answer without hesitation and when he is willing to take the fall he knows there is no turning back.
This book serves as a wake-up call to the reader in that it shows how much is going on in the world that we just ignore. It makes you think about the world in a larger picture and serves as a history and geography lesson. I pulled out my world atlas to follow the story and felt woefully inadequate to think these things are going on in the world I live in and I don't even give it a thought. Mr. Bowen poses an interesting hypothesis in this book and one I hope never comes to fruition but the big "what if" questions sits out there in that if one day an American citizen says enough and can put into play the scenario conceived - heaven help us all.
Posted October 3, 2010
For those of you who like Ayn Rand or any book where US citizens stand up for their rights, you will like The Target. Bowen manages to write an intellectual "page turner" that will stay with you long after you finish the book. The author is obviously concerned about terrorism in the US and about our politically correct courts and government. His characters take on these issues in a very believable scenario. If you are looking for entertainment, it will entertain but if you are looking for that rare combination of entertainment and education, this is the book for you. Bowen touches on Islam, issues in Africa, and issues that everyday Americans struggle with. Take it with you on your next trip! Give it to a friend and they will thank you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.