An adventure that once again compels a reluctant hero to fight terrorists who, in this case, hope to destroy landmarks that include the White House and the Eiffel Tower.
This latest thriller from Wulff (The Umber Cube, 2012, etc.) is the third installment in a series about Frank O’Brien, a federal agent who finds himself dragged into new dangers. Frank is still reeling from the success of his most recent triumph, for which he received a medal for his bravery and his success in foiling and—he believes—killing an evil mastermind who wanted to destroy much of South America. A number of victims, though still alive thanks to him, now suffer the aftermath of the attack, and he feels haunted by that unfinished business. When Frank learns that a suspicious-sounding charitable group intends to care for those victims, his agent’s antennae rise and he insists on following the group. With his beautiful wife, Esmeralda, and their baby in tow, he unknowingly walks back into the same ring of terrorists, angry madmen who not only survived Frank’s retaliation, but have resolved to finish the job they started. This time, the terrorists have outlined an intricate plan of destruction that targets 20 iconic landmarks around the globe, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. Posing as a victim of their earlier plot, Frank attempts to work with the terrorists to undermine their nefarious schemes and is soon in over his head as they grow suspicious of him and plan to stop at nothing to win this round. Deftly crafted with exciting twists, this action thriller has not only a compelling plot, but a likable hero whose boyish charm and humility add irony and humor to the story. The excellent pacing lends urgency to the novel, and the threat of danger remains until the last page. Cleverly devised and executed, this intriguing glimpse into the minds of killers resonates in a chilling way.
A relentless ride of mystery and suspense as good battles evil for global stakes.