This used copy was bought with the intent of copyediting the entire volume, then sending it to the author or his publishing company; I haven't done it yet. Brendan DuBois was among my favorite authors, and was one I previously sponsored at my local library through its "Adopt-An-Author" program. This particular book was a serious disappointment to me. I received no acknowledgement when I attempted contact through the author's website. I paid for his next book at my library, "Twilight", which came out quickly after this one, and also had major copyediting issues. I then asked my library to remove my name as his sponsor because I no longer choose to buy his books for my library. Earlier books by Brendan DuBois make excellent reading. I have not looked for anything that may have been published after his book titled "Twilight".
It's a easily readable book. The plot was simple and there was no suspense on who planned and coordinated the air-borne anthrax attack. Almost halfway through the book, the perpetrator was already identified to the readers.
There was this special ops team put together with various expertises (i.e. Tiger Seven Team) to assess and coordinate in putting out terror threats. Some of the governmental authorisation empowered to the Tiger Seven team to execute appeared to be pretty board, close to the sense of sounding far-fetched. It's like they were authorised to do ANYTHING.
It's not mystery that the perpetrator was someone from the team. Leveraging on the wide level of information access and resources availability, the perpetrator was able to put together this attack.
The main part of the book focused on what happened once the threat was discovered and airborne. The narrative was smooth on how various branches of worked together to handle the threat. Sufficient developments were given to the characters such that the reader would not feel alien to them, but thankfully its not overly lengthy.
Minor misgivings would be that somehow there's no strong focus on any characters, not even the lead character Brian Doyle. In fact the lead character was just a lead spectator in the story.
The story deviated to focus to an ex-fighter pilot who became a cargo delivery plane pilot. The author took efforts to portray her as an average American family trying to make a decent living. At the same time, she (this pilot) always remembered her duty as a discharged soldier and citizen to her nation. For the good of the nation's well-being, she was willing to provide the necessary sacrifice if need be. This was the part of the book that left a lingering effect on me,
Overall I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars for being a fairly simple novel to pass time.
I have read most all of DuBois Lewis Cole's mysteries, so I was optimistic when I picked up this book. I liked the nail-biting excitement when the pilots are doing daring flying feats. And the characters the DuBois has created are interested. And the action is fast-paced. However, as a military veteran I strongly believe that most military veterans who have received the anthrax shots before going into Iraq would know that airborne distribution is THE BEST WAY to deliver weaponized anthrax and NOT the way to spread an protective antidote. So the book's proposition that a senior military leader would be duped by the plot that has resulted in a nationwide anthrax attack is woefully disappointing. The author should have talked to a military veteran or an infectious disease physician to suggest a better plot device.
The men meet in a back room to discuss the best way to approach the terrorist assault on America just days after 9/11. The CIA suit mentions NASA as the prototype of what they can do with the nation including the president and Congress in shock and thirsting for vengeance. In the late 1950s, NASA was formed because the Soviets were kicking our butt in space. He suggests the atmosphere is similar in the USA to create a top secret Tiger Team to take out the terrorists preferably over there instead of here.
However, the mission planners like that of NASA failed to think beyond the short term goal as the only enemy in their minds is radical Islamists from the Middle East. However, Tiger Team draftee NYPD Detective Brian Doyle has proof that an American is planning a pandemic anthrax attack that could kill millions. In spite of Oklahoma City, Brian finds official obstacles and soon betrayal at the highest levels of government in his way to prevent the horrific tragedy that will make 9/11 look insignificant.
The Tiger team concept seems genuine with all that the Feds secretly did just after 9/11 that has come out in the last couple of years. However, having for the most part one man on each side of the war plan and execute/oversee executions seems impossible as the anthrax plan is extremely complex. Still this is an entreating cautionary thriller (after a rather slow first few chapters that establish the teams) in which those with oversight authority fail to keep vigilance on those with power over DOD, espionage agencies and HSD. Making the concept even more plausible is to think of the motive to visit Ashcroft in the hospital.
This pacy novel reflects a scenario not a million miles away from the movie 'Speed.' In this case, we have a fleet of airborne airliners that will unleash havoc on the world if they descend below 3000 feet. The action is fast and well-written and it's just the kind of escapism that will make an ideal vacation read. But there's one vast flaw with the plot. You'll find some real nailbiting stuff as they try to solve the problem of getting the jets safely down to earth. Seems nobody thought to simply land them at airports over 3000 feet high, however! Oh well, that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a zippy read.