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Nuclear Revenge [Kindle Edition]

William Beecher
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Book Description


I’d thought I’d seen it all, done it all, during a lifetime as a risk-taking correspondent.

I’d interviewed princes and pimps, prime ministers and police detectives, politicians and polygamists in pursuing a story, any number of stories,

I’d had a helicopter gunship shot out from under me during the Vietnam War and somehow also survived a forced landing of a two-seat Cessna when its single engine was struck by a steel-jacketed bullet over the Sinai desert on the eve of a war between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors.

I’d been beaten by company goons who thought I’d written pro-labor stories during a bitter strike in Detroit, and gashed in the head by a rock during a vest pocket revolution in Panama.

No question I was lucky to be alive. Kind of made you believe in fate. I was simply not fated to fall, just yet.

Truth to tell, I would not for a moment have traded my life, with all its perils, for a nine-to-five job in a Midwestern insurance office.

But there was absolutely nothing in my experience to compare with the story I encountered after I’d taken early retirement and started teaching on a quiet campus in the shadow of the nation’s capital.

Involved were an achingly beautiful blonde college sexpot, a brilliant but treasonous university professor, two unusually intelligent and determined Al Qaeda operatives who were masters of disguise and hand-to-hand combat and who thought nothing of killing anyone who stood in the way of their mission, a Harvard-educated FBI man who was a veteran of covert Special Forces operations before he joined the feds, and the counter-intelligence agencies of five countries.

And then there was the matter of the angry copperhead snakes.

It was the story of a lifetime.

But the FBI warned me not to tell it, hinting that I might be prosecuted under some obscure national security law.

They contended that the details would scare the hell out of the American public if they discovered how, a decade after 9/11 and after billions had been spent on supposedly sophisticated detection devices, the United States was alarmingly vulnerable to nuclear and radiation weapons being slipped across our borders.

Now I’m as law abiding as the next guy. But I believe, with every fiber in my body, that the public has a right to know what they’re facing. Perhaps they’ll be moved to demand that the White House and the Congress get off their duffs and shore up our protections against terrorists.

Therefore, I’ve decided to risk possible jail time and tell the story.

So fasten your seatbelt, and let me start at the beginning…

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Leslie Gelb, former New York Times columnist and president of the Council of Foreign Relations, described this as the best book on the subject he's ever read, fiction or non-fiction. Check out the review on Amazon books.

From the Back Cover

"Beecher knows Washington, and he knows the intelligence community.  He also knows a lot about nuclear issues, including how threatened the US is because of the potential of rogue factions gaining access to the materials to make a dirty bomb." James Roche, former Secretary of the Air Force.  
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The best Pentagon correspondent ever (for the New York Times) has written the best book yet about a nuclear attack on the United States. And I mean best book, fiction or non-fiction. Beecher tells the story of a dirty nuclear bomb attack on America by Al Qaeda with all the knowledge of a full-fledged expert in both nuclear matters and homeland security. His command of the details is riveting and not academic at all. His story carries you through the process of the terrorists obtaining the nuclear material, setting up front companies for its delivery onto American soil, U.S. intelligence getting wind of the dangers, and well, I won't spoil the rest. It is a tale told by a professional writer and a professional in the field with frightening exhilaration.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fasten your seatbelt August 25, 2010
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Nuclear Revenge, a suspense novel, is to date, my favorite, Beecher novel. This Pulitzer Prize winning author and former Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times knows his subject, how to write and what to write. Beecher's career spans 30+ years, with a portion of it spent as a top official in the Defense Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This guy has been there, seen it all, and now he's telling what he saw. I'm betting that a good bit of this book is based on real experience. Read the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beecher is a master storyteller. October 13, 2010
By secAF20
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Beecher knows Washington, and he knows it's intelligence community. He also knows a lot about nuclear issues, including how threatened the US is because of the potential of rogue factions gaining access to nuclear weapons or the materials to make a "dirty bomb." He manages to educate the reader without boring the reader. "Nuclear Revenge" entertains the brain and emotions, all the while trying to sensitize the reader on serious nuclear issues facing the West. His periodic, subtle humor makes it clear that, while the issues are serious, the author is very human.
His language is economic, and I especially enjoyed the rapid unfolding of the plot though short chapters. It was like a movie for my imagination, and it never dragged. Rather it entertained and held my attention. Read this novel! It is a great yarn, it will make you think, and possibly make your palms sweat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting! September 2, 2010
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Beecher knows this subject better than any novelist writing today and this is a real page turner. I downloaded it yesterday and read it straight through the night. You will do the same thing. Guaranteed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First thriller I ever read January 5, 2011
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This was the first thrillerl I have ever read and I must say, I may have been converted. It was both enthralling and profoundly frightening. The details were totally aligned with what was happening in the news while I was reading about the shipping of nuclear materials. Too true to be ignored, and I would have preferred this to be only fiction. It was elucidating as well as entertaining.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Subject Matter, Eye-Rolling Execution February 8, 2013
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No question that the author knows his subject matter, and it's very thought-provoking, scary stuff.
That said, I was really suprised to see that he was a Pulitzer Prize winner and authored 3 previous novels.

I give major credit to anyone who goes through the effort of writing and completing a book. Also, since getting my first Kindle 3.5 years ago, I've read at least 150 books by new authors, many of them self-published. This book struck me as being written by someone who was very new to writing.

***Semi-Spoilers Below***

The characters were mostly 2-dimensional and some of their motivations paper-thin. For example:

Professor Grumbach - His father was an American GI who knocked up and abandoned a French farm girl. Grumbach spent his childhood being hounded and harassed as a bastard in his French village(really??). So, he grows up hating the entire United States and is OK with helping to create dirty bombs to take out New York and Washington. Bullied as child, so he'll blow the world. Bwahahahaha.

Arabella - Pouty beautiful co-ed who wants to seduce the professor and play spy.

Homer Goodbody - A shy geeky unattractive Physics department teaching assistant who apparently has no friends spills his random suspicions about dastardly doings to a pretty girl just because she looks at him crosseyed. Does it get any more stereotyped?

Tim O'Reilly - Needs money for his sick wife, so he agrees to endanger his job (and family's future) by stealing radioactive materials that he knows will be used to hurt a large number of people. If he quietly reported these guys to the government, maybe they would have helped him financially for stopping a major terrorist attack. Never hurts to ask...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear Revenge hits the spot August 27, 2010
By amie
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I always look forward to the Beecher novels -- creative but believable plots, interesting characters and fun reads. His broad experience in the defense world shows -- he knows the people who inhabit that world and what their concerns are and the pressures that they feel and live with every day. His novels are always timely in terms of real world problems, and they give hope that these problems can be addressed and solved by well-meaning folk.

I'd recommend this book to anyone in the "defense" and "homeland security" scenes, and while he says this may be his last novel, I hope he never stops writing!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
Made me want to keep reading even though I knew the who, the why , the where , the when since the begining
Published 13 months ago by mk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot
I really liked the plot, and I can see why William Beecher is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist. The fast, racy style appeals to me. A good read.
Published 17 months ago by J K Eriksen
5.0 out of 5 stars will not disappoint. could definitely happen now
Well written. Holds you in it's grip from the very beginning. I started it and could not stop until I had finished it
Published 20 months ago by Paul Natale
2.0 out of 5 stars Reporting vs Writing
I fully agree with Michael B's 2-star review. He's identified most of the problems I had with this book. It seems like the author understands reporting more so than writing. Read more
Published on April 12, 2013 by kdttaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read, well researched, but no proofreading
Very believable story, but Moslem and other incorrect words and usage are irritating.
Please format and edit and the story would flow better.
Published on January 19, 2013 by Graham Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover put you off
Well written, meticulously researched, not nearly as over the top fear mongering as the cover would suggest. I found it hard to put down and will look for more from this author. Read more
Published on January 6, 2013 by H. S. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Yup. Buy it.
I read my Kindle daily and I read a lot of books every year. Being a writer myself, I'm a stickler for quality editing. I also like a compelling story. Read more
Published on December 11, 2012 by R. Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read But Nothing New
Kept my interest, but too much repetition and no really new ways to smuggle WMD's developed. OK at the price.
Published on December 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good thriller
not as good as I had hoped but very readable and a good story quite well written. Interesting subject and good interaction.
Published on November 30, 2012 by Susan L. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Fast paced, suspenseful, very believable plot, but funny and entertaining too! I did not want to put this down. I will look for more books by author Wm Beecher in the future.
Published on October 28, 2012 by KC
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More About the Author

My career includes more than 25 years as a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Writing awards include a Pulitzer Prize. I served two years in the Defense Department, rising to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (acting), and ten years as public affairs director for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I received prestigious medals from DOD and the White House for my work in government. Now retired, I'm an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, teaching two intepretive writing seminars amd a history course titled "Probing Wars.".

I worked my way through college and grad school, earning a BA from Harvard and an MS from Columbia University. I also served as a lieutenant in the Field Artillery. As a correspondent I broke a number of significant stories, including one, on page one of the NY Times on the Secret Bombing of Cambodia. While based in Washington for more than 25 years, each year I spent 2-3 months on reporting assignments in the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia, including five trips to Vietnam during that war. On one of those trips, I was in a helicopter that was shot down over the Mekong Delta. On a reporting trip to the Middle East, I was in a single engine Cessna whose engine was disabled by a rifle shot over the Sinai desert.

My fourth novel, Nuclear Revenge, is an e-book on It has about 18 5-star reviews. It is also published as a paperback. The Acorn Dossier (2009) was my third novel. Earlier thrillers were Mayday Man (1990) and Submerged Rage:The Hidden Grievance(2005). In 2003 I was honored by being made a knight in the ancient order of St.John of Medina. My blog can be accessed at

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