Another action-packed thriller from Stephen Hunter, this time starring Ray Cruz, the son of ex-Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, who was introduced in Hunter’s previous bestseller, Dead Zero.
Ten thousand people jam the aisles, the corridors, the elevators, and the escalators of America, the Mall—a giant Rubik’s Cube of a structure with its own amusement park located in the spacious center atrium. Of those people, 9,988 have come to shop. The other twelve have come to kill.
Ray Cruz, one of the heroes of Hunter’s last bestseller, Dead Zero, is in the mall with his fiancée and her family. The retired Marine sniper thought he was done with stalking and killing—but among the trapped thousands, he’s the only one with a plan and the guts to confront the self-proclaimed “Brigade Mumbai.” Now all he needs is a gun.
Former Marine sniper Ray Cruz, the 42-year-old half-Asian son of Bob Lee Swagger, who was introduced in 2010's Dead Zero, plays a central role in Hunter's fast-paced thriller. The Friday after Thanksgiving, terrorists begin their attack on America, the Mall, a huge shopping complex outside Minneapolis, by shooting dead the man playing Santa Claus. The terrorists manage to lock down the mall using sophisticated technology and drive more than 1,000 frenzied shoppers into a central holding area. Among those trapped on upper levels are Cruz and Lavelva Oates, a child care worker. Douglas Obobo, the head of the Minnesota State Police, who was born the "son of a Kenyan graduate student at Harvard and a Radcliffe anthropology major," wants to avoid violence, while Mike Jefferson, the "rogue state police commander" who leads the SWAT team, pushes an aggressive assault plan. As this straightforward adventure tale builds to its fearsome climax, it's the actions of Cruz and Oates to thwart the terrorists that captivate.
Good read to continue intro on developing Ray's character. Nice take on presenting a story line in America. Look forward to the next Stephen Hunter novel.
Unfortunately the worst book Mr. Hunter has written. If it didn't have his name on the cover and characters from his other novels I wouldn't believe it was his work. I sincerely hope future works are comparable to his earlier novels that were top notch.
Administrator unwarranted reward
Reward for being a bad administrator. Poor ending.