For wild-card ex-FBI agent Xanadu Marx, the war on terror hits close to home—thanks to a remorseless enemy who’s all too familiar—in this explosive thriller.
“Joshua Corin is a master storyteller.”—Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling co-creator of the Pendergast novels
It begins on a beautiful day in Atlanta, with a mosque full of Muslim worshippers celebrating the end of Ramadan. The festivities are cut brutally short when a military drone appears in the sky—and launches a missile into the building. Then, at a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, another peaceful gathering is torn apart by the violent blast of a suicide bomber. The attacks set the entire nation on edge, with authorities scrambling to make sense of the situation and keep the populace calm while pundits and politicians of all stripes fight for time in the spotlight.
But for ex-FBI agent Xanadu Marx, her first instinct is revenge. Unwilling to let such savagery go unanswered, she plunges into the investigation the police have started—but only she can finish. Disregarding official warnings from the government and outright threats from others, she follows a trail of homegrown hatred and violence to uncover a conspiracy so cold-blooded that no one will believe her—even if she lives long enough to tell. . . .
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Plot twists galore
A drone flies into a Muslim community center at the end of Ramadan shortly before the start of morning services. People are killed and many are injured. They are taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment and the police are notified that a deadly virus is being released in the Hospital. Xanadu is there to see a friend who is dying of cancer and cannot get in because it is quarantined. The Governor gives a speech that suggests that maybe the WWII program of isolation of certain groups should be put into effect again to protect others. These are only a few of the complicated and extravagant plot twists in this novel. It is full of colorful characters and questions the reader wants answered. It was a solid 3.5 stars raised to a 4. Thanks to Net Galley and Alibi for an ARC for an honest review.