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Power duo Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason team up in Kill Zone, a perilous disaster thriller for the modern age.
Deep within a mountain in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Cold War-era nuclear weapons storage facility is being used to covertly receive more than 100,000 tons of nuclear waste stored across the US. Only Department of Energy employee, Adonia, and a few others including a war hero, a senator, and an environmental activist, are allowed access to perform a high-level security review of the facilities. But Hydra Mountain was never meant to securely hold this much hazardous waste, and it has the potential to explode, taking with it all of Albuquerque and spreading radioactivity across the nation.
This disaster situation proves all too possible when a small plane crashes at a nearby military base, setting off Hydra’s lockdown and trapping Adonia and her team in the heart of the hazardous, waste-filled mountain. Now, the only direction for them to go is deeper into the mountain, through the tear gas and into a secretive area no one was ever supposed to know about.
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Anderson and Beason (Lifeline) fail to do justice to the intriguing setup of this muddled action thriller. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Stanley van Dyckman, a sycophantic Washington, D.C., bureaucrat, organizes a review of the nation's newest nuclear waste facility, Hydra Mountain, outside Albuquerque, N.Mex. The team van Dyckman assembles includes attractive Adonia Rojas, the nuclear site manager, who serves as the group's brains and moral compass; Col. Shawn Whalen, Adonia's former boyfriend and the U.S. president's military aide, who supplies the brawn; and U.S. Senator Pulaski, the total fool who's in charge of the Hydra project's purse strings. Soon after Adonia and company start their tour, a small plane has a problem that causes it to land just inside the facility fence. The protocols for dealing with the breach lead inadvertently to a lockdown. Adonia and the others face increasing peril as they seek to escape the mountain. Stock characters make it difficult for readers to care much about their fate. Other writers have done a better job of dramatizing the risks of a potential nuclear disaster on American soil.