by Peter Kirsanow fills in the gap left behind by the late
Vince Flynn regarding stories of political correctness. As
with Mitch Rapp, this latest character, Mike Garin leaves
no prisoners behind. This action-packed tale will be enjoyable
for those who want America to win and not succumb to caring
about the bad guy's feelings.
author wrote the book out of frustration, wanting to return
to the days when leaders put America first, "which will
also favor the world. Many American politicians believe today
that they were elected by the world. We need to be more concerned
about keeping our children safe than for concern about radical
elements. I wrote the quote in the book to reflect this, ‘How
many terrorists he's killed, captured or defeated. Legal subpoenas
could be deadly, but not to the terrorists.' I wish our politicians
had the sensibilities of the Israelis. Israel has actually
kept the world safe when it destroyed the Iraq and Syria reactors.
In the past America has its hands over its ears and hopes
things work out."
first in a series opens in Pakistan where a quick reaction
force is sent in to destroy a weapon of mass destruction.
The sole purpose of Omega, an elite force, is to interdict,
recover, or eliminate rogue weapons that can abolish mankind.
But, after they return home someone is methodically finding
and executing team members, including an attempt on Garin.
He seeks to find out who is murdering his team and why, enlisting
the help of his former business partner, a retired SEAL, Dan
Dwyer, and an assistant to the National Security Advisor,
Olivia Perry. This plot might remind readers of Nelson DeMille's
The Lion's Game where a Libyan terrorist also killed
members of a team that bombed Muammar Gaddafi's' palace.
learn that Garin was a sickly child, born with a heart defect
that he eventually overcame to become a Special Forces living
legend for his heroic missions. He can best be described as
a 1950s western cowboy who believes in right over wrong and
will stop at nothing to win on behalf of justice. His determination
and skills are put to the test when he finds that two of America's
adversaries, Russia and Iran, are part of a horrific plot.
Realizing he must destroy these conspirators before they murder
him and millions of Americans, Garin leaves a path of bodies
in his wake, landing him on the FBI's radar and pursued by
multiple countries, local law enforcement, and one of the
world's most elite snipers, Congo Knox.
noted, “I wanted this book to be a warning of sorts,
for Americans to understand we never left the Cold War. Putin
thinks it was a catastrophe that the Soviet Union collapsed
and he now wants a greater Russia with most of the Soviet
satellites. The Russian President in the book and Putin’s
outlooks are identical. This is why I put in the quote, ‘Not
everything wrong in the world is America’s fault. There
are some real bad guys out there and we can’t pretend
they don’t exist.’” Although this plot is
foiled the wide-open ending will be the beginning of the next
book where Garin must match wits with his Russian counterpart,
For a debut thriller, Kirsanow delivers a very suspenseful
story with hard-hitting action and larger-than-life characters.
The ending and twist will leave readers wishing the next book
would come out sooner than later.
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