Islamic and Christian fundamentalists unleash a well-coordinated series of attacks all across the American heartland. Stolen radioactive material, a high-level spy, a mysterious break into top-secret data-encryption technology, twisting plots and spiraling conspiracies are all linked with fast-paced, cinematic crosscutting.
In this thriller, FBI agent Jeremy Waller returns, as does tough-as-nails Elizabeth Beechum, now vice president, and the enigmatic billionaire Jordan Mitchell.
The hero of Black (2004) returns to star in a thriller plot that's pretty familiar, but which becomes steadily more absorbing through understated treatment and well-done incidentals. Jeremy Waller, a dedicated family man and FBI special agent, is on his way back from Indonesia, where he was rooting out terrorists with a lethal sidekick known as G.I. Jane, when a fleet of terrorist planes attacks not only Washington but a handful of other American cities. Could American fundamentalists be in league with Islamic terrorists? Such speculation is only the tip of the cabalistic iceberg as Waller infiltrates a shadow arm of the Christian Identity movement called the Phineas Priesthood. Black's Senator Elizabeth Beechum is back, a political veteran with questionable ties to big business, as vice president; she and na ve, skittish new President David Ray Venable clash repeatedly. Whitcomb, a 15-year veteran of the FBI, is dead-on with the tech talk and introduces a slew of tight plot lines and characters (time line location headings help) before bringing everything together complexly and believably.
Cold Zero was fabulous, but both BLACK & WHITE were very hard to follow. Constantly changing scenes which mislead and are never fully explained made both books exhausting to follow. We really appreciate all the author has done for our country and wish him well in sorting through his writing career. He could shoot for Tom Clancey's gift with dialogue and less complex plotting.
Frighteningly realistic and thought-provoking. A fast-paced page turner that will keep you hooked to the very end!