Reign In Hell

Reign In Hell

by William Diehl
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Reign in Hell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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The_Iceman More than 1 year ago
No doubt in my mind at all! "Primal Fear" and "Show of Evil" hold down two places in the pantheon of the finest, most frightening thrillers ever written. William Diehl should be proud that, as a starring villain, Aaron Stampler can hold his evil head high in a terrifying literary rogue's gallery that would include the likes of Hannibal Lecter, Voldemort, Lord Sauron, Count Fosco, Bill Sikes and Moriarty. But, as a sequel trying to stand up to that kind of advance billing, "Reign in Hell" falls flat on its face. "Reign in Hell" is actually a very competently written political thriller but, for some reason, presumably some added suspense and chills, Diehl felt compelled to shoehorn a resurrected Aaron Stampler into the plot. And, sadly, it just doesn't fly! Stampler's appearance is artificial, clumsy, forced, predictable and entirely lacking in the kind of knee-knocking, teeth-chattering, bone-deep shivers that readers of the first two novels will have been looking for. So if we set this rather pitiful effort around Aaron Stampler aside, what are we left with? Martin Vail, former Chicago prosecuting attorney, has been appointed by the president to a pro tem posting as Assistant Attorney General. His near impossible mission under an unbelievably tight deadline is to put together a racketeering case under the RICO statutes against a number of ultra-right wing militia groups. Far from your run-of-the-mill collection of loudmouth skinheads, these groups with adherents now numbering well into the thousands, have recently stolen several truckloads of high-powered weapons, robbed banks to finance their efforts and clearly ratcheted their mobilization efforts into high gear towards an ultimate declaration of war against the US government. President Pennington is determined to bring these militia groups to heel through the courts and, at all costs, wants to avoid a face to face encounter such as the one that embarrassed the government in Waco, Texas, with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. "Reign in Hell" has got a lot to say for itself - plenty of great political discussion; some fairly heavy characterization and criticism of the US political and religious right-wing agendas; some truly exciting slam-bam military action in the final confrontation as the army and marines confront the militia group, completely boxed in inside their Montana mountain enclave; and, a satisfying climax that leaves a hint of suspense to come together with a predictably sour taste about the overall politics of the event. Too bad, Diehl decided to clutter it up with Aaron Stampler. At least, Stampler lives on . so perhaps his next appearance will be back up to the standard of terror that we didn't get here! Paul Weiss
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will never look at some things the same way after reading this book for it gives you a look at subjects that not just explore but tantalize your mind and give you thought about what some people may or may not be thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am going to say just one thing though, it was good...but not as good as the first two in this series. It completes and excites, but doesn't leave us wanting any more. The story is now over....which is what any good author wants.