New York Times best-selling author Stephen Hunter is back with another breakneck thriller, in which ex-Marine sniper, Ray Kruz, must outwit a group of murderous Somali terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America.
Recently retired marine sergeant Ray Kruz has been talked into a mall trip by his fiancé, the beautiful Molly Chan. For Ray, Molly represents a way to reconnect with normal life, something his 20 years in the service and five tours in two combat zones have prevented. But now he finds himself in the middle of the softest target of all, a huge consumer mall where a self-styled “Mumbai Brigade” has come to bring massive death to the heartland. They just didn’t know Ray Cruz was in the building….
©2011 Stephen Hunter (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Good narrator, story line held my attention though a bit of a shame he played with the setting sine the Mall of America is real and he twisted it a bit. End was a bit anti- climactic.
Retired lawyer/executive but active curmudgeon keeping busy by volunteering with Hope Hospice in the fall and winter and National Park Service in Spring and Summer. Training a new RV co-pilot after my long-time co-pilot passed away suddenly.
As usual a good read from a good author. Seems a realistic terrorist attack plot.
This is a great book. It takes a little while to get started but once the ride starts it is nonstop action. The little verbal digs is so true.
Yes. The story line was timely and it had interesting characters. However, this was a weakness also. The star of the book did not stand out but the story was carried by the idea.
He was good but needs to work on his German accent.
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I am glad that Hunter has begun a new series. I am wondering why Nickie was not chosen to carry the torch.
I have to say this so that somebody says this. Stephen Hunter in several of his past books has established himself as an actual gun aficionado. (We don't like the term "gun nut") In this book though, there are just too many errors to count. The worst is when our hero uses a potato to craft a 100% effective "silencer" on an AK 74. Seriously?
1. A potato is not an effective silencer.
2. A commercial suppressor is not a "silencer". There is no such thing.
3. A perfectly effective silencer, if such a thing existed, would not remove the crack of the ammunition traveling faster than the speed of sound, and there is no reason to believe that sub-sonic ammo for the AK in the caliber mentioned has ever been made.
4. I can't imagine that the AK carried by the Somalis described in the novel were scoped. Why would they be? No mention of it (so far) but our hero makes accurate shot after accurate shot with a potato stuffed over the barrel and iron sights.
In short, bad gun juju.
Made for TV movie bullshit. But, if you can willingly suspend disbelief, it's a fun made for TV movie kind of story.
Extremely unlikable characters, especially the black colonel. Very typical of the administration in the US these days. Trite story. Forget this and buy a Grey Man, Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp or Scott Harvath series instead.
The narrator did a decent job given what he had to work with.
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