Flash of Emerald
By J M Taylor
Blue Eagle Press - Nov.2001
ISBN: 18709043084 - Paperback
Contemporary / Military Thriller

Reviewed by: Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.Com
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Harry Stoner at his desk at the Defense Intelligence Agency finds mention of arms transfers in NSA overseas summaries. After telephone intercepts he notifies the FBI and accompanies the agents on a surveillance of a National Guard armory where guns and a nuclear device are stolen.

Before Stoner has an opportunity to probe further to find the inside man, he receives a desperate call from his daughter in Tampa, Florida. Her husband is innocently caught up in a drug smuggling operation at the Lastero Shipping Company. Stoner doesn't know that his involvement in the arms affair has caused those involved to put out a contract on him. An attempt on his life causes the death of his wife.

After an aborted terrorist incident on the plane to Florida, Harry goes undercover at the Lastero Shipping Company and finds connections to drug and arms smuggling, and the sale of a nuclear device to the terrorists who plan to cause a nuclear incident at MacDill Base. His life and that of his daughter are threatened, as he gets closer to the upper echelon and the terrorists.

As timely as today's newspaper headlines, this is a gripping story of one man's efforts to thwart a fanatical terrorist's desire to devastate an area. The story holds the reader's attention throughout; is fast-paced and well-written. The characters are well-developed, especially Harry who becomes again the man he was before his wife's murder. The Florida scene is realistically portrayed.

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