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5.0 out of 5 stars An Awe-Inspiring Account of Courage
I must confess that when I first saw this book, I thought that it was novel, and not an actual account. I had never heard of the plot when, in July 1997, two Palestinian suicide bombers intended on blowing themselves up on a subway train in Brooklyn. This story should have been on the front page of every newspaper in America, but instead it was wiped under the rug for...
Published on January 15, 2005 by D. E.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Two suicide bombers in Brooklyn
Katz writes a story about his friend and his friend's colleagues who bravely stormed the apartment of two suicide bombers in Brooklyn the night before the bombers planned to self-destruct and in the process murder innumerable innocent commuters on a New York subway. The event took place after the successfully thwarted terrorist attack in lower Manhattan and several years...
Published on June 30, 2005 by Bookworm


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awe-Inspiring Account of Courage, January 15, 2005
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D. E. (New Jersey) - See all my reviews
I must confess that when I first saw this book, I thought that it was novel, and not an actual account. I had never heard of the plot when, in July 1997, two Palestinian suicide bombers intended on blowing themselves up on a subway train in Brooklyn. This story should have been on the front page of every newspaper in America, but instead it was wiped under the rug for reasons, inexplicable reasons of ego, that are, in the wake of 9/11, unimaganible.

Most importantly, this is a book about courage and of some brave New York City cops who put their lives on the line to keep others safe. Reading about the bravery the men from the Emergency Services Unit exhibited in stopping the bombers, was inspirational. The author does a remarkable job in bringing us into the world of the Palestinian bombers as well as into the world of the cops. It all comes together in an explosive confrontation that could have been tragic.

This is a great book.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian immigrant saves New York, January 30, 2005
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Mountain Climber (Anchorage, Alaska, USA) - See all my reviews
For those who think all Middle Eastern immigrants are terrorists, this book has some sobering lessons. The only reason NYPD figured out this plot in advance --and saved New York-- was because a newly arrived Egyptian immigrant decided to put his life and future on the line for America by telling police about the plot. This guy didn't even speak English very well, and coming from Egypt, was terrified of police. The Palestinian bombers told him about their plot, thinking he would never dare to tell anyone, but he immediately went to the nearest police officer and persisted in telling the story, despite the initial skepticism with which the cops greeted him. This story affirms that "intel" is the way to disrupt terrorist plots, not blind antagonism towards immigrants. Without this immigrant from Egypt, NYPD would never have known about the plot. The next time Colorado Representative Tom Tancredo starts ranting about how all the immigrants are terrorists, you can counter with this story. This immigrant really saved the day.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!, February 22, 2005
This book was very good. It depicts the step by step process of how the middle east (mainly palestine and israel) is peaceless. It explains the entire process that the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit, or ESU, took to thwart the terrorist attack that would have occurred in Brooklyn. They portrayed the bravery of the NYPD and all Police officers within the United States. Not only does the ESU do there job well, but they do it with professionalism. This is a Must Read for anyone who would like to join any elite police units such as SWAT or even the NYPD's ESU.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two suicide bombers in Brooklyn, June 30, 2005
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Katz writes a story about his friend and his friend's colleagues who bravely stormed the apartment of two suicide bombers in Brooklyn the night before the bombers planned to self-destruct and in the process murder innumerable innocent commuters on a New York subway. The event took place after the successfully thwarted terrorist attack in lower Manhattan and several years before 9/11. That Katz has decided to tell the general public about this incident is admirable, however, a better writer would have related this story in a much more concise, objective and gripping manner. Katz does not allow the facts to speak for themselves but insists on adding his critical and at times cynical opinion. He also uses his book to vent about his friend's superiors and parts of the police administration. A better book would have tried to present the facts as objectively as possible and allowed the reader to form his or her own opinion.

For example: there is no doubt that the general public is indebted to the officers who selflessly and with immense courage prevented the terrorist bombers from realizing their heinous plan. The fact that these courageous men were subsequently only given one day off after their close encounter with death is deplorable. We do not need Katz to tell us this.

Another shortcoming: on the one hand Katz criticizes the administration and politicians for sharing the names of the brave officers with the media and thus drawing the wrath of the Jihad to these men. On the other hand, Katz makes no attempts to prevent further publication of the officers' names. The author could have covered up their identities with false names in this book.

I get the impression that Katz stretches the meager amount of material that was made available to him to the utmost. A better writer would have delivered a more comprehensive story. We know little of the evolution of the terrorists once they entered the United States. Where is the link with Jihad? The story leaves the reader with the impression that these two nutcases operated independently. Once the more fanatic of the two terrorists is taken to hospital, we are left to wonder what he told authorities subsequent to his interview with the intelligence officer. Katz' story is disjointed. He seems to tell us what he knows, even if not directly relevant, and leaves us guessing about the rest.

In summary, while this story needed to be told it could have been told more subtlety, with more finesse, and with fewer gaps.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on our early successes in counter terrorism, June 2, 2011
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The book shows the inner workings of NYPD ESU, the politics involved in big city police departments, and how they all interconnect in the success of the ESU mission to stop the suicide bombers from striking New York.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, August 7, 2008
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Adam Stein (Scottsdale, AZ USA) - See all my reviews
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A truly great book. NYPD is an amazing agency and after reading this book, you get to see just how amazing they really are. A true eye opening book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great transaction, March 19, 2010
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item came in perfect condition and fast. great price as well. will do business with again!
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