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The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel (Jeremy Fisk Novels) Hardcover – December 26, 2012
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Author One-on-One: Dick Wolf and Chris Kyle
Chris Kyle is the author of the #1 bestselling memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Chris Kyle: Last summer I got a chance to work with Dick Wolf on NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes, which raised much-needed awareness of veteran’s charities. You know Dick from some of the best shows on TV—Law & Order and more—but it turns out he’s a helluva thriller writer, too. His first book, The Intercept, is a kickass story about an NYPD detective on the hunt for a group of terrorists who have sneaked into the U.S. without getting noticed. There’s an exciting sniper shootout in the middle of Times Square, a scene where they flush a suspect out of a small hotel in Manhattan, and a final chase through downtown right before a dedication ceremony at Ground Zero. This has ‘big hit’ written all over it.
Detective Jeremy Fisk is an effective hero, a street-smart New Yorker who can step back and see the whole picture – the threats others are overlooking. How did his character evolve? What kind of skills does he need to succeed in counter terrorism?
Dick Wolf: I had inspiration from specific detectives I have known over the years. The chief skill needed for counter-terrorism is the ability to think totally out of the box. Detectives have to look for solutions to problems that have never been encountered. And it is especially difficult fighting enemies who think that dying is a positive, not a negative.
CK: How do you think the fans of the Law & Order TV shows will react to The Intercept?
DW: I hope they’ll be pleased. I think they’re getting a book that shares Law & Order’s procedural “leanness” with an extra shot of character.
CK: I’m a Texan through and through, but I have to admit that your native New York City is a great setting. What’s unusual about tracking terrorists in American cities vs. other places in the world?
DW: It’s a lot more difficult to track foreigners in a country, like the US, that is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment as opposed to more insular foreign countries where foreigners stand out.
CK: Since I got out of the Navy, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of terrific law-enforcement snipers. The sniper scene in Times Square is very cinematic, yet also disturbingly real. How did you come up with that?
DW: One shot, one kill is not only a dramatically satisfying concept, it’s also cinematic. I’m thrilled by your reaction to the sequence, since it’s actually my favorite moment in the book.
CK: In Iraq we had very strict rules of engagement. Do you think a detective is ever justified in bending the law?
DW: Yes, I do. You don’t want cowboys in counter-terrorism, but you certainly want officers who think independently and sometimes cross lines to save others.
CK: Any chance we’ll get to see The Intercept on TV or the movie screen?
DW: I certainly hope so. That would be a great bonus to what’s already been an extremely pleasant experience.
CK: Do you have plans for more books?
DW: Absolutely. I'm already working on the next one with Jeremy Fisk!
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Overall, what this novel lacks is emotion in any form. If it has that spark it could have been great, but since it doesn't have emotional impact it's a solid 3 stars.
However, Wolf's inexperience as a novelist shows through in too many instances to make The Intercept, in my opinion, anything more than an okay read. One key reason for this is that his main character, Jermey Fisk, and most of his secondary characters never really came alive for me. A second major reason is that Wolf's writing style always made me feel that "I was an outsider looking in" regarding the plot rather than as a person "right there" in the middle of the action as it was taking place. And, the third main reason is that while the plot had its share of twists and turns, I found most of them to be predictable.
All in all, I consider The Intercept to have been enjoyable enough to keep my interest but there was little about it that separates it from the pack of thrillers in this genre to make it memorable and highly recommendable.
Jeremy and his partner, Kristen Gersten are in a race against time to solve a terrorist plot that somehow is clearly intended to mark the anniversary of 9/11 with a new outrage. The stage is set when Fisk discovers a fragment of a coded message taken when Osama bin Laden was assassinated that speaks to a new and devious plot to forever weaken the spirit of the secular western world.
Shortly after the message is found, a clueless jihadist attempts to hijack a plane bound for New York. His efforts are foiled by passengers on the plane, who become instant heroes. It's soon made clear that the would-be hijacker is not and was never a serious threat, but is part of a more complex plot. There was another passenger on the plane who disappears into the city and he becomes the subject of a manhunt. This passenger takes delivery of plastic explosive. He, too, is foiled, but this, too, appears to be a ploy. There is another jihadist, not so easily profiled, and his target is not made clear until almost the end.
All in all, this is an exciting thriller, filled with suspense. It reads a lot like a screenplay. This is no surprise coming as it does from the creator of the Law and Order series. The plot line is over-complex, but this is in keeping with the deviousness of the planned attack. The characterizations could have had more depth but I still had a good sense of who each person was. I hope Mr. Wolf continues to write novels.
One of the things that bothered me about the book was what was probably a bad editing error that I just couldn't shake. Here's a timeline that shows the problem:
Part 1, Pre-Chapter: date is given as September 2009
Part 1, Chapter 2: Fisk sustains an ankle injury playing basketball
Part 2, Pre-Chapter: date is given as October 2009
Part 3, Pre-Chapter: date is given as May 2011
Part 4, Pre-Chapter: date is given as "a few years later". I think 2014 would be the earliest "a few years later" would be, since I would think "a couple" would be 2013.
Part 4, Chapter 16: Fisk tells Jenssen that he injured his ankle a year ago when it was actually at least 5 years earlier
This error left me with the impression that maybe chapters were written out of sequence, which might have been why the whole book seemed disjointed to me.
I also was very frustrated by the murder of one of the "good guys". I remember a writing class from high school and being told it was a cheap cop out to kill off a character just for the drama, and that's what this felt like.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story. The twists and turns in the plot keep you guessing until the end. A great subject for the present timesPublished 13 days ago by Irish49
A real pleasure to come across such a top class Author and makes you realize why his work is seen so often on TV. ie. Law and Order etc.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A pretty good terrorism cop procedural. The book does remind me somewhat of the TV Show Law & Order. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doctoroe
I enjoyed reading this. Looking forward to reading book 2.
The main character was honest always thinking outside the box.
A page-turner par excellence. Not to be read at bedtime. Exciting and realistic. More from this author, please. A cop story, too and a terror story.Published 2 months ago by technolady
I read a lot of these types of books, and this one was great! I originally bought it because of the author (I like the Law & Order series on tv), and I enjoyed this book so much I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KathiK