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Invited to Washington for briefings by a Congressional subcommittee committed to keeping constant pressure on the Global Village's anti-Western outlaws, the newly married laird of Duncleeve Island comes to America with his pregnant wife Kathleen, the fair colleen who nursed him back to health after his close- quarters encounter with the violent nihilists of Yaibo (a.k.a. Cutting Edge). While Hugo (an adjunct officer in the Irish Rangers) checks out an arms expo held at Fort Bragg, however, the terrorists strike the airborne base and its host community. Led by the vengeful Reiko Oshima, a Yaibo hit squad wreaks gory havoc, kidnaps Kathleen, and retires to a well-equipped military installation (called the Devil's Footprint) in Mexico's desert highlands. Among the more modern conveniences at this south-of-the-border facility are long-range cannons that Oshima (whose lover was slain by Hugo) and the breakaway state's strongman ordered built to rain death and destruction on American cities. Desperate to spike the superguns, US officials (hobbled by a hands-off-Mexico policy) provide Hugo with covert assistance for a rescue mission to the remote redoubt. He leads a shoot-and-scoot raid that frees the imaginatively mistreated Kathleen but leaves the crafty Oshima alive and the ultraheavy artillery apparently operable. Finally convinced that America faces a clear and present danger, the wimpy President dispatches Special Forces to wipe out the Devil's Footprint. In the course of an apocalyptic assault, elite military units lay waste to the Yaibo, and Hugo has a climactic confrontation with Oshima.
Although O'Reilly includes a rather full measure of preachments on the West's indifference to the latter-day threat of terrorism, he tells a mean adventure story—chock-full of high-tech power and chivalric glory.
Posted December 10, 2007
my main problem with the book is the dialogue.doesn't ring entirely true.if fitzduane put on underwear, he could easily be superman the way o'reilly described him. i think he ran out of ideas and so he brought back oshima for the third book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.