Amazon Digital Services
January 10, 2012/ ASIN: B006W2Q0HM
by Dennis Collins
When an airplane crashes, the accident is investigated by the National
Transportation Safety Board. When a second airplane crashes, it
begins to raise eyebrows. Then when a passenger train carrying a
high ranking politician mysteriously goes over the side of a railroad
bridge, it's time to call on a higher level investigating agency.
Lon Schrader of Homeland Security leads a team comprised of several
government groups including the FBI and CIA. The group is being
overseen by cabinet level officials in order to prevent the release
of false or unsubstantiated information that could cause the public
to panic. Budget concerns rate higher than public safety and the
oversight smells of political correctness. As you might expect,
involving politicians in the investigation presents more obstacles
The investigators find that all three incidents show evidence
of a catastrophic explosion just prior to the crashes. And then
something new and sinister surfaces. An automobile crash not far
from the first air disaster produces a used launching tube for a
"Stinger" surface-to-air missile. The politicians still
want more proof before endorsing an increase in the threat level.
Then another airplane goes down and the President becomes involved
giving Lon Schrader and his group "full and free rein."
There's no way to keep the lid on four major transportation disasters
in the span of a few days. By now everybody in the country knows
we're enduring a new terrorist attack.
This book moves at a measured and rapid pace, jumping seamlessly
from scene to scene without losing momentum. Although large numbers
of people are involved in the investigation, the author keeps it
simple by focusing on Lon Schrader of Homeland Security and Agent
Cassie Spicer of the FBI. I really liked the logical progression
and steady pace of this book, but I must say I found the ending