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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432734822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432734824
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,551,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dedication
In all ages, returning war veterans face the difficult task of reentering the society for which they have risked their lives.  At one extreme, they are emotionally damaged, sometimes beyond repair.  At the other, they have embraced the excitement of battle and the camaraderie of the unit, and find a return to civilian pursuits to be unappealing.  Most fall in between, having experienced both the horror and compassion of war with an increased appreciation for the good fortune of their place of birth and for their survival.
The Target is dedicated to these ordinary citizens who have sacrificed, and to those who continue to do so.

More About the Author

Bill Bowen holds degrees in foreign affairs from the United States Air Force Academy and Georgetown University. He has served in military intelligence and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs ... at the intersection of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the President's National Security Advisor.

"The Target" reflects Bowen's concern about the combination of terrorism and nuclear weapons and the missing element of deterrence in that equation. It is his hope that the leaders of Iran, Pakistan, and other countries will understand the danger of uncontrolled proliferation.

Bowen lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sue, where he enjoys the political theater of local and state government and shares his thoughts at www.RightinSanFrancisco.com.

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"The Target" is a riveting read of action and adventure, highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review
This book is a little bit unbelievable, a little irrational, a little improbable, and somewhat disturbing.
David A. Mccrae
His characters are unique and imaginative and his story telling is intoxicating and riveting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daimion on December 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've read my fair share of thrillers over the last few years. As we have moved into the new millennium, terrorists have taken the place of communists as the focus of most books on the subject (although Nazi's still remain at the top of the "world's greatest evil" pile...). As the shift from nation-state to terrorist cell has taken place, many of the old rules of conflict have changed dramatically. In his debut novel, "The Target", Bill Bowen asks a question that I haven't come across before - would the policy of deterrence, Mutually Assured Destruction, work when dealing with terrorists? It's an interesting question.

After a dirty bomb attack in Chicago, the husband of one of the victims, an Iraq war vet name Mike Curran, struggles with the pointlessness of it all. In talking with one of his old squad mates, he falls in with a group that is set on orchestrating a strike back at the heart of the Muslim world. At first reluctant, he moves forward with the hope of deterring future acts of terrorism and sparing others the grief that he himself has had to face.

While Mike is the main focus of the story, there are two other voices that play prominently in the narrative - the sister of the Chicago dirty bomber, Aisha al Rashid, and "Barbara from Berkley", a liberal blogger from San Francisco. Through both women you see different perspectives of the story that unfolds around Mike. Aisha is a moderate Muslim torn between the traditions of her faith and the desire to help modernize her home in Saudi Arabia by supporting the advancement of women.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Target by Bill Bowen was a very unique read for me. I don't read many political thrillers and I found this book to be very revelant for today's society. I found The Target to be informative and intelligent. It took me approximately one hundred pages to get used to the writing style which is very straight forward and exact. No flowery prose here. The book began to pick up steam very quickly after that and I found myself being fascinated by the circumstances of the novel.

The book amazed me because it showed how simple in today's society with military presence all over the universe at how easy connections can be made, deals discussed and actions carried out. This was a rather brazen book. There is a lot of military history and current political and universal conditions explained and demystified, for me anyway.

The main character Mike Curran has a wife who is killed along with many others in a terrorist bombing of a busy train station in Chicago. He is ex military (Irag) and has a friend who he met in the military. This friend knows a few other people across the globe who may help send a message to Islam regarding terrorists attacks. Each person who becomes involved with Mike and this small group has a special talent and this is how something so simple can become so dangerous.

In essence we tread a fine line between doing what is right and doing what is very dangerous and doing what could perhaps obliterate the universe as we know it. I found this book to be a very engaging, thought provoking book that explores both sides of the coin in a way that for me, made the universe a little smaller and a little more interconnected.

I enjoyed reading The Target. When you wake up in the morning and the headline reads, "Terrorist Plot Thwarted at Christmas Ceremony," this book really hits a note with reality. I recommend this current, thought provoking book by Bill Bowen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Gramlich VINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mike Curran has suffered the worst loss in anyone's life with the death of his beloved wife, the love of his life. This was an calculated act at the hands of a terrorist who attacked in Chicago without a care for who was going to be a victim. Mike can't move on, he can't let go, he won't be consoled with kind words and he can't forget what was done to his life, his city and his country. Mike wants more than retribution for this act he wants revenge and having both received a stellar education and having served in the military he has the working knowledge and military connections to take his plan from thought to reality and make those who keep getting past our government pay.

What happens when the first initial step is completed changes Mike forever and makes him hungry for more. He involves more people in the next phase and realizes a bigger target and larger destruction. Too many people have been touched by what the terrorists have done and a warning shot has to be sent to jolt everyone and Mike has the men and the plan to make that happen. But is Mike up for this and does he have the right people in place? Mike wants the country to wake up and see what is going on and generate more interest than a few nights of viewing on the national news before the country gets bored with another negative news night.

Mike assembles his group, draws up the plans, organizes the operation and moves forward with something as terrorizing as any other group has done. Once the objective had been set there was no going back because too many people knew about the plan and the timeline had been set with the clock ticking. The final question always is "when this is done is the deed worth the risk"?
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