Fallon MacEwan wants revenge. His lover has just been killed by Islamic terrorists, and their mortal enemy, an Orthodox Christian sect dating to the time of Constantine the Great, offers him the chance to get even. He enlists the help of his former orphan companions.
Although they are ordinary people with no experience in warfare and covert operations, this small team of orphans heads boldly into harms' way, taking the battle to India, Cairo, Istanbul, Europe and the mountains around Lake Tahoe, Nevada. On their side, the "orphans" have tons of savvy and a strong desire to crush the bully who's killing innocent people in a poverty-stricken village.
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Murder, terrorism, unfair death: all these often beget thirsts for revenge; and so the cycle continues. Such is true with Fallon MacEwan, the hero of Fallon's Orphans, whose lover has been killed by Islamic terrorists; so when an Orthodox Christian group places the opportunity for revenge in his hands, he gladly enters into a hitherto-unknown world of battle and espionage. And that's just the opening act in a nonstop battle that centers around an inexperienced vigilante group's determination to bring justice to the world by tackling terrorist groups the government can't handle. Its members are all orphans - and that's both a literal and a figurative label; because the one shared attribute between them is their sense of loss and conviction that they're doing the right thing by crushing a dangerous enemy who kills innocents in the world. Most stories of terrorism and espionage don't take the time to properly build atmosphere. Most don't take into account the hearts and minds - not just the artillery and fighting power - of ordinary people. Not so Fallon's Orphans, which is meticulous in its attention to setting as well as plot, and to creating insights on how terrorism really works in worlds replete with poverty. Another 'plus': there's no traditional 'bad sect' here, as one might anticipate: just insights into what influences good and bad choices in the world. Fallon's Orphans provides the depth and attention to detail that's lacking in many modern stories of terrorism. It's action-packed, but its attention to motivation, logic, and larger concerns than killings makes it a standout among thriller genre reads - and highly recommended.