Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Series #2)

Blown Coverage (Riley Covington Series #2)

by Jason Elam, Steve Yohn

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ISBN-13: 9781414341453
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Series: Riley Covington Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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Sales rank: 1,020,480
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A Riley Covington Thriller

By Jason Elam Steve Yohn
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Jason Elam and Steve Yohn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1732-8


Empty shell casings skittered across the cement floor, propelled by the underside of the mercenary's boots. As he strode down the hall, his eyes remained focused on the door at the end of the passageway-no need to look in the rooms to his right or left; his men were too good to have left any threat on his periphery.

The sooner I deal with this man, the sooner I'm out of this stinking cesspool, thought Lecha Abdalayev, trying hard not to breathe deep the smell of fresh blood and human waste.

Not that he was unfamiliar with those smells. As a veteran of both the First and Second Chechen Wars, he had seen his share of man's inhumanity against man. He himself had once been in a situation while a prisoner of the Russians when death would have seemed a much sweeter alternative to what he experienced in the daily interrogations. But it wasn't long before I turned the tables and became the one holding the knife, he gloated with a self-satisfied grunt.

When he reached the end of the hall, one of the two men walking with him slid a key into the lock on the solid metal cell door.

"Wait." Abdalayev took a moment to straighten the black beret that was sitting on his bald head. Then he ran a hand over his fatigues and smoothed his long, salt-and-pepper beard over his chest. "Okay."

The lock protested for just a moment; then the large door slid noisily to the left. Immediately, Abdalayev's senses were violently assaulted. The smell of human waste that had been strong in the hallway was overwhelming in this room. From somewhere in the room a blaring children's song came to an end, then just as quickly began again: "I love you; you love me ..."

Abdalayev waited a moment for his eyes to adjust to the brilliance of the four floodlights, then entered the room.

In the middle of the cell sat an ancient-looking man. He was FlexiCuffed by the wrists and ankles to a reversed metal chair, while a wide fabric belt held his chest tightly against the chair's back. Except for the restraints, he was completely naked.

The battle-scarred prisoner stared at Abdalayev with his one remaining eye. A crooked smile had spread across his mangled face. Hanging over his back were two I.V. bags-one attached to a line that went into the man's arm, the other positioned to slowly drip down his back. As Abdalayev watched, another drop released from the bag and fell onto a large red welt, causing the old man to wince and a tear to slide from his good eye. But he never lost his smile.

The Chechen renewed his determination to do this fast and get out. Drawing his pistol, he pointed it toward the prisoner. Abdalayev was gratified to see the sudden fear in the elder warrior's face-just a reminder of who was in charge of this operation. He pulled the trigger, shattering the portable CD player in the back of the room and finally putting an end to the music.

Looking to one of his men, he said, "Cover him." The soldier pulled a Mylar foil rescue blanket out of his pack and laid it over the old man's shoulders. Abdalayev settled his eyes upon the man in the chair. Reaching into his shirt, he pulled out a photograph. He examined the photo, then held it out so he could see both the picture and the prisoner's battered face at one time. Satisfied that they were one and the same, he tucked the picture away.

"My name is Lecha Abdalayev," the visitor said in accented Arabic. "I am the commander of the Chechen Freedom Militia. We have been asked by your friends to assist them in retrieving you. Are you able-"

"Where am I?" the prisoner interrupted.

"You are just outside of Babrosty, Poland, in a prison belonging to the American CIA. Now, I respectfully ask you not to interrupt me. All your questions will be answered in due course. As you can imagine, time now is of the essence."

The old man nodded his acquiescence.

"It is obvious that you will not be able to travel unassisted. Do I have your permission to immobilize you?" Abdalayev asked, knowing he was going to do it no matter the answer.

"Do what you must."

Abdalayev waved to another mercenary who was standing just outside the door. The captive's eyes grew wide as the soldier walked rapidly across the room and plunged a large hypodermic syringe into his neck. Immediately, the old man's head slumped.

"Bundle him up, and let's go," Abdalayev commanded, turning to walk away and wondering how much vodka it was going to take to get this visual out of his mind.

As he left the room, he was forced to step over the body of the man who had been guarding the cell-a quick glance wasn't enough to tell Abdalayev whether he had been American or Polish. Not that it matters-although there is something about killing Americans, he thought with a small smile. It's like the difference between shooting a common deer and hunting big game.

As he walked, Abdalayev took time to glance at the empty cells around him. Just inside one of these doors, the twisted bodies of two of his mercenaries and a guard were sprawled on top of each other in a spreading pool of blood that crossed the entire hall. Abdalayev didn't bother checking on his men. Dead or soon to be dead; not much difference today. He continued on, leaving a trail of bloody bootprints behind him.

When he reached the main courtyard, the four other Arabs who had been held prisoner at the facility were lined up on their knees.

"As-Salamu 'Alaykum," he said to them, conveying the traditional Muslim greeting of peace.

"Wa 'Alaykum As-Salam," they replied, a look of hope in their swollen eyes.

Abdalayev briefly studied their faces. It was obvious that these men had been exposed to the same treatment given to the old man. He said a silent prayer for them, then told the soldier guarding them, "Kill them."

Abdalayev watched as the men's souls departed for paradise. Insha'Allah, Abdalayev thought, it was obviously their time. If Allah has willed, who can change it? Allah wills some to live and some to die, some to serve and some to be served, some to be soldiers and some to be victims. Insha'Allah-it is as Allah wills.

One thing every young Muslim learned growing up in Chechnya was that Allah often called the few to sacrifice for the many. These men were too infirm to travel on their own, and he couldn't just leave them here. The very fact that they were in this secret prison meant that they had access to vital information. If they were recaptured and put to the same treatment again, they would break-everyone broke eventually. It was best just to send them to their eternal reward while there was still a possibility that they might arrive with their honor intact.

When the last of the prisoners had stopped moving, Abdalayev said into his comm, "Finish up. Proceed to the rendezvous point immediately." The agreed-upon spot was a large dying oak tree half a kilometer away and just off the road.

After their arrival, the twelve remaining members of Abdalayev's team would clean themselves up and put on casual business attire. They would also do their best to make the old man look presentable-I'm glad they mentioned the eye patch, he thought.

From there, the team would divide into groups of four and head northeast for the Belarusian border in three rented ekoda Roomsters. This would hopefully draw any pursuit that might follow. Abdalayev and the former prisoner, meanwhile, would drive a BMW southeast into Ukraine. The mercenary commander was confident that he could make it across the border with his fake passports. It would be difficult for the Americans to raise much of an alert. What could they say-"A man who doesn't officially exist anymore was stolen from a prison that never existed to begin with"?

If only things had been this easy when he was defending Grozny back in 1996. If that had been successful, then maybe he would be home right now with a wife and sons instead of here with mud on his hands and blood on his boots.

But, as every Chechen knew, you took Allah's will as it came. Some days it brought freedom, and another day it brought a bullet in the back of the head for being in the wrong prison at the wrong time. Insha'Allah. Allah knew what was best; blessed be his name.

Today Allah's will had brought freedom for al-'Aqran, leader of the Cause.


Excerpted from BLOWN COVERAGE by Jason Elam Steve Yohn Copyright © 2009 by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn. Excerpted by permission.
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Blown Coverage 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Professional Football League (PTL) Colorado Mustangs linebacker player Riley Covington looks forward to the NFL mini-camp season though he knows that the drills are much worse than boot camp. However, he also recognizes football is a game albeit even with billions of dollars involved after spending a military tour in Afghanistan and confronting terrorists in the United States (see MONDAY NIGHT JIHAD).

However, Riley has to put aside his football helmet and pads for the dangerous mission of the Counterterrorism Division when al-`Aqran the lethal brilliant leader of the Cause escapes incarceration and activates sleeper cells in America and Europe. As the threat goes red, Riley realizes he and his CD unit are part of the enemy¿s coordinated concerted effort to stop any defensive counter attack by targeting personnel and their family members with a keen fatwa as well as hitting key locations. The free world is under a severe blitz in which the deadly Jihadists look to exploit any BLOWN COVERAGE to sack the infidels; Riley prays for the safety of his loved ones, his teammates, and others while placing himself in God¿s care to counter the terrorists¿ assaults at a time he has doubts since a personal tragedy struck his soul.

As with the exciting first tale, readers see deep into the soul of the Cause leader who believes he and his team have God on their side just like the Americans; in fact the Muslims are even more certain as Riley in spite of his prayers has some major doubts. The story line is fast-paced never slowing down yet enables fans to better understand what motivates a Jihadist as the terrorists are humanized by Jason Elam & Steve Yohn, who score their second game winning touchdown with BLOWN COVERAGE.

Harriet Klausner
battlinjack on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Blown Coverage starts out at a dead run and never looks back. I initially thought it might be just a bit cheesy having a football player as the hero, but after some thought (and some reading) I changed my mind. Why not a football player? We see everyone else and at least an athelete is in fairly decent shape!Riley Covington reads more like a military stud anyway. Tough, quick to action and uncompromising in his beliefs.Blown Coverage sets Riley and the Counterterrorism division against a terrorist that truly is dedicated in bringing about chaos. The very first pages of the book toss us right in the mix. There are no pulling of the punches here. It's fast, brutal and yes, highly could do a lot worse than Blown Coverage by football star Jason Elam & Steve Yohn, but you can't do much better.Blown Coverage is a hell of an entertaining read that is guaranteed to keep you spellbound until the last play is made.
rosethorne1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I actually received this book a little late, and then was down with the Flu for a week and a half. So here is my late (sorry) review.I did enjoy this book. I knew ahead of time it was the second in a series, but not having read the first didn't hamper my understanding or the plot. I enjoyed the look into the world of football, as it's one I'm less then familiar with, especially as the writer has a good solid grasp of that world, being a former player. But I disliked the rather stereotyped, and heavy handed treatment of the Muslim characters. The impression I get from the book is that all Muslims are terrorists. Also being not Christian, the religious side of things dimmed my enjoyment a bit, but not enough for me to dislike the book. All in all, a good read, but probably not in my top 25.
dragonb on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I enjoyed this book and was pleasantly surprised for a book from a "football player" Nice book and good blend of religion. I enjoyed a book that was religious, thrilling, christian, but not beat you on the head, and gave a fair shake to Islam.Didn't realize it was second in a series, but it did encourage me to read the first one.
S0PHIE8 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is exactly the type of book that makes for a good plane read... not terribly complex, but an action driven plot that keeps you reading for the duration of your flight. Additionally, any football fans who observe you reading this will get a kick out of the author.
dumbbooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really wanted to like this book. Football, counterterrorism, and some Christian values thrown in - doesn't sound like something I would hate. Unfortunately, it was the worst of all three. There is very little football. The counterterrorism side of things is a watered down version of the TV show 24, and the Christian values felt like a heavy-handed version of Left Behind. Plus, the worst writing in the book is in the first few chapters. The first chapter feels like a spoof of a B action movie, followed by several chapters that move much too slowly, trying to show just how much "personality" all of the good guys have. Somehow I managed to keep reading long enough to get into the actual terrorist plot, which is where the book finally takes off as a passable, fast-paced action story.Admittedly, I'm probably not the gender the writers were writing for. Still, I'm a pretty big fan of action movies (even bad ones), and my big problem was not the action, so much as all the pointless asides that are unnecessary distractions from the action, especially in the early chapters. Being married to a Broncos fan, I've always been a fan of Jason Elam, so I feel bad trashing his book. Luckily, he's a much better football player than writer.
LisaMorr on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book, cowritten by NFL player Jason Elam, is a continuation of events that have happened in 'PFL' player Riley Covington's life after the terrorist attacks on the 'Platte River Stadium.' I did not read the first book, and there is quite a lot of reference to previous events, so this book does not standalone too well.The Cause continues to attack the evil Satan and specifically Riley Covington and his family. Riley and his friends in football and in the government band together to stop the terrorists.This book should've been branded 'Christian Lit' or something. I have never read a more proselytizing book before. We are constantly hearing Riley pray to himself, or with his newly-born-again football player friend, or with his family. And it goes on and on as he tries to justify wanting to kill the terrorists. The characters are very one-dimensional. For a 'Christian-Lit' book, it was filled with violence and blood and guts.I won't read another book by the authors. I give it 1 star.
Landwaster on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A fairly fun, quick read. The story isn't especially original or compelling, and seems to go out of its way to avoid any surprises, but it kept my interest. I liked the attempt at showcasing Christian values without too much "in your face" preaching. I appreciated the attempt to show some Muslim perspective as well. Unfortunately, the bad-guys were straight out of the stereotype handbook - very shallow characters. I'd have like to have either seen deeper examinations of the villains or to not see any of the story from their perspective at all.Overall though, an enjoyable book with good action and likable characters.
RoseEllen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First I will confess that I enjoyed reading this book - despite the fact that it's more than likely intended to be a book for guys. However, this book and the series in which it is the second novel are fantasies. Not typical fantasies with elves, fairies, vampires, witches & goblins, but none-the-less fantasy; masculine hero fantasy. Riley Covington is a star football player. He's attractive, smart, heroic and brave, and pretty much too good to be true. He's a good Christian boy who prays with his parents while chatting on line with them, but also has a room in the basement of his Colorado mansion with enough military hardware to put a police station to shame and probably kill most of the state's population. And while he is concerned with WWJD, he actually believes that Jesus would join him in killing the book's muslim antagonists. I was appalled that both the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in this book believe that God/Allah is on their respective side only. It seems to me that someone has forgotten that Allah and God are the same deity and the roots of both these religions (or all 3 if Judaism is included) trace back to Father Abraham and his many sons, as the song goes.I have always enjoyed spy stories -starting with authors like Len Deighton, et al, when the typical enemy was Russian, and even now with the common enemy of Western writers being Middle Eastern / Arabic. But, while I enjoyed the story, I was also made terribly uncomfortable by the stereotypes it contains - the spoiled, wealthy Arab girl who is full of herself, and the handsome football player who is a team captain no matter what team he is a member of, and the geeky techs who figure out the data so the hero and his partners can save the world. Sadly, even the token good muslim character, who happens to be a beautiful woman, is a victim of the stereotyping. The fact that Riley and Khadi can't have a serious relationship says more about the book as male fantasy than it does about Biblical or Koranic prohibition of dual religions (dueling religions?) in marriage. If Riley settled down into a serious relationship it would be much more difficult for him to have these adventures - i.e., no more fodder for future books in the series. He must be unattached to go on these quests to save the world.Otherwise though, it was an interesting book to read. I found the interweaving of the born again thread fascinating because it was there, in your face, but it was no where near as annoying as it could have been. These two co-authors are actually pretty good writers all things considered. I just wish that born again vision wasn't such a narrow vision, because I just don't think that God himself shares that narrow perspective. We are all his creations.And, one more thing, at least the bad guy was bad because his personality was damaged - I appreciated the part where he argues with his co-conspirators and insists that he is fighting for Allah, and not his own self aggrandizement - what a liar! or what a blind man? - and not just because he was Muslim. Hopefully the next book won't include a bad end for the Mustang's newest draft pick just because he's of Arabic ancestry. The book is second in the series, but I didn't have too much difficulty at all figuring out what must have happened in the previous book. It's pretty much all there, and I don't think it was that hard to read without having read the previous. It's not a mystery.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In Book 2 of the Riley Covington series, Riley finds himself ready to play football again even though the team and fans are still in shock over the bombing of the football stadium that took place a year ago. Riley soon finds out that he is a marked man and the terrorists won't stop at anything to find and kill Riley, including his family.This book is suspenseful from start to finish. There are several plot lines going on at once and at times, I got a little confused. I thought it might have been helpful to have read book 1 of the series to get some of the characters straight, but this one can stand on its own. Elam is a former NFL football player, so the football references are authentic. This is the first Christian fiction book I've read that didn't feel like "Christian" fiction. The characters turn to God for help, but it's realistic, not distracting, and happens at appropriate times. This is truly representative of the move Christian fiction is making into mainstream fiction. Because of the terrorism theme, there is plenty of "blood and guts" in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would read this author again.
StefanY on LibraryThing 5 months ago
If you're into action/thriller books where suspension of belief is a must, this could be an enjoyable book. The authors have come up with a fairly action-packed storyline and maintain tension throughout the novel. My problems with the book come from how the book is presented and the portrayal of certain peoples in the book that I find inexcusable.So, how is this book presented and what are my issues with this representation? Starting with the cover art; I have an early reviewer copy with different cover art than the mass market version, but both covers portray the same thing...FOOTBALL. I knew that this was an action/thriller from the blurb on the back, but I did expect there to be some involvement with actual football throughout the book. Besides the main character being a linebacker/special ops military guy (I told you to suspend belief a bit) and some of his acquaintances also being professional football players, the amount of football involvement in this book is VERY minimal. The beginning seemed promising as the readers are presented with a pretty good scene involving the draft day team war room and a controversial draft decision. Besides that, Riley (the main character) attends one team meeting which he is ushered quickly out of for the good of the team and one practice. All this in an almost 400 page book with an action shot of a football player on the cover!From this point, we'll move on to the misrepresentation of the book from the blurb on the back. The blurb does a fairly good job of describing the general plot of the book, however nowhere in the blurb or on any of the cover information anywhere is this book depicted as Christian reading. The only hint that this book may have religious themes is in the author blurb for Steve Yohn who is a minister. I have no real problems with Christianity or Christian literature, but if I wanted to read a book focusing on Christianity, I would specifically seek out that book. Throughout the book the main character struggles with his faith, constantly offers prayers to God, and has to decide whether or not to pursue a relationship with a woman of another faith. I also found the constant allusions to characters swearing instead of actually printing the dialog to be very childish and distracting.Now to my main issue: the portrayal of the characters of the book of middle-eastern heritage and/or Islamic faith. Besides two characters in the book who are obviously set up to assuage our feelings that the authors have no prejudice against those who follow Islam, every character of middle-eastern descent in the novel follow stereotypical American values about middle-eastern people. The majority of the middle-eastern characters who live in the U.S. are involved in a sleeper cell. They appear to be hard-working, well-liked individuals who have preyed upon American trusts and are merely biding their time until they are awakened to reign terror upon the populace. I find this incredibly disturbing. As if racial tensions are not high enough in the current state, let's plant unreasonable distrust of anyone who happens to be of middle-eastern descent upon the readers of this book. As if this portrayal is not bad enough, the author's who have disdained cursing of any kind through-out the novel constantly refer to their middle-easter adversaries as hajji's. As far as I can tell, this is a very derogatory term similar to using the 'N'-word when referring to African-Americans. I find this to be extremely offensive and totally unacceptable from someone who is trying so hard to show their high levels of Christian faith.Anyway, the storyline is really not that bad, but the other problems that I had caused my total dislike of this book. I don't recommend it to anyone.
iamadruid on LibraryThing 5 months ago
`Oh, great, a book on football , religion, and terrorism¿, I thought as I unwrapped the parcel that contained the book Blown Coverage by Jason Elam and Steve Yohn. These are not particular genres that captured my interest. But, I was determined to give it a go and hoped that it would not fumble along the way. As much as I do not want to admit but after a few pages into the story I knew it would be fairly easy to finish, and yes, even enjoyable. Between Elam¿s experience as an ex-footballer and Kohn¿s religious background the drive to develop an exciting plot and addicting characters played itself out well. Riley Covington, a professional football player and a special ops member, along with his team of agents and occasionally football teammates, race to find sleeper cells of Muslim terrorists before more innocent people are murdered. There is relatively no football aside from a brief training camp/meeting (which was fine with me), and the Christian undertones are subtle enough that the book does not preach (which was definitely a relief). Riley struggles with his faith and that simply adds to his human character. Are the Muslims stereotyped? Perhaps a bit, but it is after all a fictional book about terrorism. Offensive? Not at all. Entertaining? Elam and Kohn scored well with Riley Covington and his team. In fact, I may read the first book in the series. If you enjoy a fast read with thrills then give this one a chance.
MissReadsTooMuch on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I had a difficult time with this book. It took me a chapter or two to realize it was actually a football/conservative Christian themed novel - a genre I just didn't realize existed. There was also pro-Patriot act propaganda thrown in there. I did finish it but I don't really know why. I found the bad Muslim/good Christian to be simplistic and irritating and the ex-Special forces pro-football player hero to be contrived, however, the writing wasn't bad and once you got through the first few chapters, the story moved along and I kind of wanted to see how it turned out. A knowledge of the previous novel is assumed and I think I kmissed out on some things because of it - perhaps it's better if you read the series.
she_climber on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received this book as an early reviewer, which I was excited about as a Denver resident and fan of the Denver Broncos (co-author Jason Elam was a long time player for the Broncos) but unfortunately that was not enough to make this book readable. The premise was poor (a professional ball player that is also a counter-intellegence agent, who needs a body guard!?!), the storyline was terrible (this is not a stand-alone novel), and Christian lit is not a genre that I enjoy and I'm disppointed that the publishers don't advertise it as such. I gave this book 100 pages before moving on to something more deserving of my time.
vapspiegel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was an interesting book. It took a few pages to get into it. Riley Covington is the main character, protaganist. He is a football player and works with a counter terroism unit. The theme of the book is that one should sacrifice himself for others. In the book, Riley tries to protect himself and his family with lots of security, however, his father innocently is killed by a bomb in his barn planted by a counter terror group known as 'The Cause'. There is actually 2 plots. One which involves The Cause and their desire to wake sleeper cells within the USA in order to set bombs off. The second concerns Riley, his football coplayers and his counter terror team. There is a constant pull between Christianity and Muslim values in the story. Riley also teaches the reader not to judge people by their names or their looks. The story is told from Riley's point of view in calm, straightforward manner. Although, set on a background of violence and destruction as symbolized by the terrorists, this story is about Riley's spiritual pilgrimage to attain salvation.Book titles are supposed to have some significance, and it took me a while to figure this one out. 'Blown', I believe refers to the various bombings that occur in the story; 'Coverage' appears to refer to Riley's attempts to hide or cover himself and those he loves from the violence and destruction occuring abroad and in the USA. The reference to this book as a "thriller" is a misnomer. Thrillers give the impression of mystery, horror, and an artificial world. This is a story of action which does not really come off. The focus is on Christianity vs. Islam, not specifically on Riley or The Cause.The story is interspersed with Riley's prayers. Riley presupposes that he is the world of normality, with the impression throughout that Muslims are not normal. The hardest thing about reading this book is that in addition to being divided into chapters, it is also divided into days and times. The action takes place within a period of 8-10 months, but the reader gets the impression that the time is longer due to the back and forth movement from the US to the Middle East.I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading fiction concerned with the current events of the day regarding the terrorists activity, as well as those that are interested in religious aspects of the players in the current events.
willowwaw on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Decent Christian fiction novel with a sport and military twist. I liked the speed at which one could go through the book. This book was written better than the first novel in the series and was more enjoyable for me personally. Fun quick read!
Schayde on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Riley Covington is a U.S. soldier who is also a professional football player. Last year the stadium his team plays in was hit by a terrorist attack. The team is devistated because it was someone close to them behind the attack.Riley's military team goes after those responsible and takes out some powerful members of their terrorist organization and now they want revenge.A new football season is fast approaching and Riley finds himself and his family under attack from the same terrorist organization. Riley must go into hiding away from his family, friends, and his team to protect the ones he loves.This is a very interesting story mostly about Riley fighting terrorists with a small amount of football thrown in. I enjoyed this book alot, probably mostly due to the things going on at this time in the world. It kept me interested and I had a hard time putting it down.I recommend this book to anyone in the military or who enjoys a good book with a military twist.
libraryclerk on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Football player Riley Covington, is coming back to football. Terrorist cells are awakeing. While his friends are working in Europe he is taking the offensive to draw them out stateside after they kill his dad..
datwood on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Riley Covington is a football player who leads a second life as a member of a Countererrorism Division. The football season is interrupted by a massive amount of terrorist attacks and our guy Riley and his team are tapped to find and stop the leader, who in turn is targeting Riley and his team.I don't normally read Christian fiction football terrorist thrillers, and now I know why. If you like books with lots of blood and gore and books with more guns than people, this book may be for you. The book is the second in a series and I missed the first one, so I had to do some scrambling to fill in some of the relationships. I did enjoy the thin line of humor running through the book. I know people who would like the book a lot more than I did.
nolak on LibraryThing 5 months ago
You really need to read the first book in this series, Monday Night Jihad, first. Although it can be read alone, the pieces would be much more understandable. A football player and former counterintelligence agent is a hero from a terrorist save last year, but now the group is out for revenge and continuing terrorism, which puts Riley Covington back in the limelight, much to his dismay. The memories and the fame are both beyond his abilities, but he continues on, despite personal attacks to himself and others. If you are a football fan, you will really like this book. If you are looking for other books like Joel Rosenberg, this could be a filler for you. Faith is the ultimate protection and help in this story.
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
What an awesome book!!! I loved the first book of this series (Monday Night Jihad) but would have to say that this second book of the Riley Covington series is even better. Jason Elam & Steve Yohn are an excellent pair. I am looking forward to reading book #3!!
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Sharon Slagel More than 1 year ago
Love Jason Elam's books. Hope there are more to come!
PeachesGA More than 1 year ago
Jason Elam and Steve Yohn have done a great job with this series. My wife and I have enjoyed all of them and can only hope that they will keep writing. Since we read the next book in the series before we read this one, we knew the outcome of the final chapter on this series, however. We want more!!