Shock & Awe (Macmillan New Wrting) (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/10/31
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"Shock and Awe" is an incendiary action thriller from an audacious new voice. Ex-special forces operative Carla Smukowski is struggling to come to terms with her brother's murder by Islamic militants, but she's unwilling to make peace with a world which has betrayed her. Her collaborator - and sometimes lover - is Boyce Hammond, a down-at-heel FBI agent who's been undercover so long he's forgotten where his loyalties lie. Smukowski, Hammond and their squad of American terrorists - the so-called Ethan Allen Brigade - seize a shipment of Indonesian nuclear waste, intending to make a radiological 'dirty bomb' for an attack that will inflame the Islamic world.But just as Hammond begins to fear the group he has infiltrated might pull off their insane scheme, the stolen shipment is snatched from them by a group of extremist every bit as dangerous - and now America itself is the target. Packed with breathtaking action scenes, political insight and unforgettable characters, "Shock and Awe" turns the terrorist novel on its head: a subversive action thriller for a new era.
David Isaak holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Resource Systems, and has worked as an energy consultant in more than thirty countries, including many Middle Eastern nations. He lives in Huntington Beach, California.
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My only complaint is that the transitions were sometimes hard to follow, as they often are with globe-spanning thrillers, but that certainly didn't ruin my enjoyment of the novel. I recommend it, and I look forward to seeing what this author will come up with next.
Billionaire decides to sort the Muslim fundamentalist problem by using a small tactical nuke on Mecca to knock back the Muslim faith. Using a group of US cultists and ex SF military, a team is put together to put the plan into action...
A nice change is that one or two of the lead characters are women (ex `Rangers') which is an interesting dynamic. Add an undercover FBI agent who has been under for too long and is reaching the point where he needs to get out.
The plot seemed a little trite and I have seen many previous versions, and where it should have been tense and exciting this did not come over although, in fairness, there is a plot twist three quarters of the way through that was a little unexpected but still not enough of a wow factor.
Shame the author did not stick with the female `Rangers', this was an interesting aspect and might have made for a better story. This was a first novel and I am sure the next one will be an improvement, especially if the author does a back story on the ladies...
His command of language is amazing: colorful and picture-creating, but easy. Cleverly colloquial; yet underneath this you see what is plainly a deep (and broad) knowledge of the world. It is so well written, I often forgot I was reading.
Grisham, Patterson, Ludlum, Cussler and the others: don't look over your shoulder just now, but here comes some guy called David Isaak. We want more, Mr. Isaak.