THE UNEXPECTED PATRIOT by Shannen Rossmiller


How an Ordinary American Mother Is Bringing Terrorists to Justice
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A crusading, modern-day vigilante goes online to flesh out unsuspecting terrorists.

Born on a ranch in bucolic Conrad, Mont., to a wheat farmer and a schoolteacher, Rossmiller blossomed from a plucky, determined “Little Scrapper” to a young woman fascinated with current events, news and history, relating more to her father’s brooding interest in the psychology of serial killers rather than her mother’s feminine pursuits. After college, she returned to Montana, married childhood friend Randy and began paralegal work, which led to her appointment, at 29, as the youngest female municipal judge in American history, trying mostly drug-offense cases. In 2002, still incensed by the atrocities of 9/11, Rossmiller became desperate for “a way to channel my outrage” and launched a personal War on Terror campaign. She learned Arabic, studied the Koran, educated herself on Middle Eastern geographies and interacted within the same Internet forums and chat rooms that had become communication portals for the stealth terrorists responsible for 9/11. From there, her story speeds off in a dizzying array of events as a result of Rossmiller’s creation of 40 false Muslim-radical identities and the tracking of jihadist activity with a spreadsheet. Additionally, the author furtively became an FBI-reporting cyber-sleuth and organized the Seven Seas Global Intelligence Group. She would eventually feel the heat of retribution, betrayal and life-threatening peril alongside the satisfaction of executing successful sting operations busting traitorous National Guardsman Ryan G. Anderson and Alaska pipeline terrorist Michael Reynolds. The author’s somewhat stiffly written, steely narrative darkens further once the author reconciles the toll her valiant, fearless career in cyber counterintelligence and the many media-scrutinized court testimonies had taken on her well-being and her family’s safety, spurring health woes and the collapse of her marriage.

The prose is workmanlike, but Rossmiller’s patriotic, risky involvement in righting the wrongs of 9/11 resonates on every page.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-230-10255-2
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2011


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