Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins races from a Tahiti surfing contest to France when he learns that an ISIS terrorist he’d thought was dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne, has an Iranian backpack nuclear weapon and plans to destroy Paris. Pono was once Mustafa’s prisoner in Iraq and is now the only one left alive to identify him.
When Pono reaches Paris he finds that his closest comrade has been kidnapped, and that the date to destroy the city is fast approaching. Joining forces with allies from US and French intelligence, and with a fearless and brilliant French agent, Anne Ronsard, with whom he soon falls in love, Pono sets out against impossible odds to catch and kill Mustafa and his terrorist cell before they can destroy the most beautiful city on earth. As they dig deeper into the terrorist networks, their own lives are more and more endangered, while the terrorists change tactics again and again to outwit them as the time to save the city runs out.
Spanning a fast two weeks in and around Paris, Goodbye Paris is a window to today’s France, its elegance and poverty, humanism and fanaticism, beauty and despair, to the still-magical French countryside with its white castles and dark forests, the food, wine, and joyous ironic people, the magic of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and the tragic fate awaiting them.
Another Pono Hawkins adventure following the best-sellers Saving Paradise and Killing Maine, Goodbye Paris takes us into never-before revealed depths of covert action on three continents, to insider secrets in the war against terrorism, into intense memories of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and to the depths of love when everything seems lost.
Based on the author’s years of experience with terrorism and Middle East wars, and his deep knowledge of French and US intelligence and military operations, Goodbye Paris is a stunning thriller, an entrancing love story, and an exciting account of anti-terror operations from Paris and Morocco to Afghanistan.
Goodbye Paris is a hallmark Mike Bond thriller: tense, exciting, and alive with real details and places, and that will keep you up all night.
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The book is heavy on islamophobia, which might be off-putting to some readers. However, it is appropriate in the context of the plotline, which involves a suspected plot by Islamic terrorists to crash a French plane and/or blow-up the Eiffel Tower and/or set off a nuclear bomb in Paris. A significant part of the storyline is the increased Muslim presence in France, including the radicalization of Muslim youth in certain parts of Paris and other French towns and the reluctance/unwillingness of the French government to acknowledge and properly address the threat of radical Islam. Pono Hawkins, ex-Special Forces, who has starred in two prior books, is asked to come to Paris by Mack, a friend from his Special Forces days who now works for the CIA, who informs him that Mustafa al-Boudienne, an Islamist terrorist who was thought to be dead, is actually alive. Pono is the only person able to positively ID Mustafa if he can be found. When Pono arrives in Paris, he quickly discovers that the situation has gotten much worse, as Mack has been abducted (and Mack's wife, Gisele, will soon be taken as well). Pono is working with the DGSE (French equivalent to FBI), which is headed by an old friend, Thierry, while also reporting to the local CIA Section Chief, with whom Pono has a very negative history. However, the suspected terrorists seem to always be one step ahead and it becomes apparent that people high up in the French government are trying to prevent Pono and his allies from being successful. This was an enjoyable book. The plot is interesting and timely (the Notre Dame fire is mentioned) and incorporates current international events and concerns. While there are some aspects of the Pono character that I do not care for, overall he is an interesting character and one the reader wants to succeed. I like that Mr. Bond has chosen to create a series that utilizes recurrent characters. There is a good supporting cast and plenty of action and intrigue. Definitely worth the read. I received a review copy via NetGalley.
A scary take on how very messed up the world can become. Trust is in short supply as terrorism and politics continue to destroy people’s lives. Pono is trying to save his kidnapped friends but in order to do that he has to fight through the sinister and secretive levels of the security services. The author really looks at the anger in humanity for all the wrong reasons.