2022 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner—Action/Adventure
2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards Grand Prize Winner—Global Thriller
2021 Best Indie Book Award Winner—Suspense/Thriller/Espionage
2021 Publisher's Weekly BookLife Editor's Choice
"...a thriller that will keep readers turning the pages to a satisfying—and unexpected—wind-up. Spy thriller aficionados will revel in the lively fight scenes, engaging cast, and vivid settings." —BookLife
"Exhilarating...a fast-paced, absorbing terrorist tale.” —Kirkus Reviews
“…an international action and adventure thriller, masterfully researched and crafted for an exhilarating ride.” —Readers’ Favorite
“... a fast-paced, action/adventure thriller that will ultimately give every international top ten bestselling thrillers a run for its money!” —Readers’ Favorite
Jake Palmer, investigative consultant and former US Navy SEAL, has signed on as a contractor with a top-secret US Joint Special Operations Command team in Islamabad, Pakistan. Palmer and his JSOC partner work to uncover a suspected mole and gather intelligence regarding the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon arsenal as the country prepares for war with India over control of the disputed region of Kashmir. Fears regarding security of the weapons escalate when Pakistan decides to deploy its arsenal and rumors surface that a shadowy figure, the Chameleon, will attempt to divert a nuclear warhead during the deployment. With a nuclear war countdown clock at a minute ’til midnight, Palmer and his partner risk everything to prevent the Chameleon from carrying out a plan for the world’s first act of nuclear terrorism.
The hostility between Pakistan and India, both nuclear armed and on the verge of war, provides the backdrop for McManus's solid fourth Jake Palmer novel (after Libido's Twist). After rotating through the CIA and the NSA, Jake joins the Joint Special Operations Command as an independent contractor committed to a two-year hitch as a member of a secret group known as Task Force Orange. He's assigned to the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, where he and partner Alona Green have the job of keeping watch on the security of Pakistan's nukes. An asset tells Jake and Alona a legendary terrorist known as the Chameleon is going to try and steal one of the weapons, and eventually nuclear weapons do go missing. Meanwhile, back in London, Jake's love interest, Fiona Collins, who works for MI6, stumbles onto a situation that will prove instrumental to the resolution of the stolen nuclear weapon mystery. The plot of this by-the-numbers, stolen nuke procedural marches steadily forward amid plenty of action. Military espionage fans will want to check out Jake Palmer if they haven't already. (Self-published)
Great suspense novel. Easy reading!