From the executive producer of 24 and co-creator of Homeland, this exciting follow-up to Gideon’s War involves a harrowing attempt to stop a homegrown terrorist plot to destroy the U.S. government.
THE RIVETING SEQUEL TO GIDEON ’S WAR, HOWARD GORDON’S “AHEAD -OF -THE -CURVE THRILLER” (Alex Berenson) WITH A HERO WHO “TAKES SAVING THE WORLD TO THE NEXT LEVEL” (Vince Flynn). . . .
“Move over, Jack Bauer,” raved Vince Flynn when international peacemaker Gideon Davis burst onto the literary scene in a blockbuster debut novel from Howard Gordon, the executive producer of 24.
Now, the action and suspense intensify in his harrowing new thriller. Settled into academic life and weeks away from being married, Gideon gets wind of a homegrown terrorist plot—a high-value, mass-casualty attack targeting the top tier of the U.S. government. His ex-girlfriend, FBI agent Nancy Clement, believes Gideon’s suspicions are valid, but no one will trust his source: a meth-head informant affiliated with a white supremacist group. When the informant is murdered, Gideon enlists his brother, Tillman—newly sprung from prison—as an undercover operative to infiltrate the real conspirators. With only Nancy’s support, Gideon and Tillman go rogue to stop a powerful titan’s audacious plan as the seconds tick closer to mass destruction.
Gordon's second Gideon Davis foil-the-terrorists thriller (after 2011's Gideon's War) lacks the nail-biting tension that was the hallmark of the TV series 24, of which he was executive producer. Having earned the nickname "Man of Peace" for his work as a diplomatic envoy, Davis is quite capable of violence when necessary, as shown by the double-digit body count in his first outing. This time out, an informant tips Davis off to a West Virginia militia that's plotting a major attack somewhere on U.S. soil targeting the federal government. Familiar plot elements include the FBI bureaucrat who throws obstacles in the paths of the maverick operatives racing the clock, hairbreadth escapes, and a down-to-the-wire climax. Notable among the stick figure characters is Shanelle Greenfield Klotz, "the only biracial, half-black, half-Jew in the Secret Service." Nothing distinguishes this from the pack of Clancyesque suspense novels.
Great read. Compelling story from beginning to end. Howard Gordon has done it again.
Save your money and just watch re-runs of the TV show 24
Gordon's first book was very good, however he seems to have taken the easy way out with Hard Target by re-using script lines from his hit TV show 24.