8 Seconds to Midnight takes the reader on a non-stop thrill-ride that begins with the clandestine transfer of nuclear material from a secure Pakistani army installation thirty miles north of Islamabad to a group of radical Islamists bent on the destruction of the West. It culminates in the streets of New York – minutes before the impending detonation of a fifteen-kiloton nuclear bomb.
The city’s survival hinges on one man, Commander John Hart, and his ability to ferret out the perpetrators, discern where the weapon is hidden, and disable it before midnight December 31. Hart must rely on equal measures of brawn, brain, and prayer to stop the cadre of jihadists whose plan has been in the making for sixteen years.
Should he fail, the job of healing America’s mortal wound will fall squarely on the shoulders of Dr. Elizabeth Wilkins. It’s a job she didn’t ask for, and hopes never materializes.
About the Author
When not addressing issues on national defense, Leifer focuses on health care. He has authored two books published by Rowman & Littlefield: After You Hear It's Cancer and The Myths of Modern Medicine.
John lives in Kansas City with his wife, Lori.
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Reviewed by Paul F. Johnson for Readers' Favorite Terrorist leaders of the United Islamic State are determined to strike a death blow to their hated enemy America. Having tried a biological attack the year before with some success, they are now even more determined to get it done. Their first step is procuring nuclear material from a Pakistani military installation near Islamabad for shipment to a group of radical Islamist jihadists, whose plan has been sixteen years in the making: the catastrophic destruction then subjugation of the West. Sleeper agents have been waiting a long time to strike the fatal blow. The target: New York City on New Year's Eve. Stopping this destruction and saving millions of innocent lives falls on the shoulders of Commander John Hart. With the help of Dr. Elizabeth Wilkins, they must race to find where the weapon is hidden and disarm it, all before midnight on December 31. Failure is not an option. If you’re a reader of thrillers and appreciate stories with everything that goes with them - intrigue, murder, planned destruction and terrorists - then you can’t go wrong with 8 Seconds to Midnight. John Leifer grabs the reader from the first pages and doesn’t let go. The author has created an exceptional story filled with everything that makes a thriller a thriller. The cast of characters, the good guys and the bad, is superbly developed and the plot is filled with action and suspense all the way to a satisfying ending. The story moves along at break-neck pace, leaving the reader expectantly waiting to turn to the next page. Very good story, very entertaining. I highly recommend this book.