One step behind a chameleon Islamic terrorist known only as Omar, Laura Atwood, a beautiful CIA agent, teams up with journalist Chris Clayborne. Together they race across three continents in this page-turning novel that is guaranteed to have you sitting on the edge of your seat.
An all-powerful Mexican drug cartel, threatened by the newly elected US President’s promised initiative to wage a real war on drugs as soon as he takes the oath of office, finances a radical Islamist group to assassinate the President of the United States. The Islamists, with the help of Iran, place their deadliest agent, Omar, on a hands-free track with plans to strike on Inauguration Day at the height of the swearing in ceremony. Racing desperately to catch up to Omar, Laura and Chris struggle to apply knowledge only they can slowly acquire and risk their lives countless times to thwart the pending attack. Meanwhile, Omar is already deep undercover in Washington, ready to unleash his for-hire jihad in early January . . . but where exactly will he strike from and how?
Inauguration Day, written by a journalist with years of experience in some of the deadliest conflicts in recent memory, is a gripping novel about terrorism, espionage, romance, and the terror-tinged world we live in.
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Journalist Salhani's first novel, about a terrorist attempt on the U.S. president's life, has little to set it apart from others in this very crowded subgenre. Even timing the attack to inauguration day has become something of a clich . Omar, a Mideast-born terrorist who has all the usual backstory, blames the Americans for the death of his parents and vows revenge. Omar will be employing a new biological weapon, which he plans on loading into mortar rounds to be launched into the upcoming presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. The operation is being financed by the leaders of six Mexican drug cartels who hope to capitalize on the ensuing chaos after the terrorist strike. Meanwhile, CIA agent Laura Atwood is assigned to investigate the death of Paul Hines, the CIA station chief in Beirut, where she stumbles onto the plan to kill the president. The story meanders along well-worn terror-thriller routes with stopovers for suspense-killing swaths of Middle East history until all the characters end up in Washington for the unsurprising conclusion.