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Assault on Saint Agnes Paperback – April 18, 2016
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Bobby Kurtz "happened to be" visiting a Catholic church when all hell broke loose. He was messily extracted from the scene and plunged into something he didn't expect. Coerced into assuming a task that used his linguist skills and called on for his previous covert understanding, there's something going down during this snowy Christmas season in Minneapolis, and it can't be good.
Time pressures his new bosses and co-workers to stress Bobby's preparation. They realize terrorists are plotting something big, and they desperately need a lead. Bobby uses his past battle-worthy contacts and brings them in to help zero in on what it is all their overload of information is failing to capture. An off-hand comment from one of them about an in-law gives them that coveted hope for a break.
This thriller allows the reader to observe the vile and psychopathic makeup of terrorists motivated by demonic hatred and perversion while staying patient to make sure they can execute their grand plans of destruction upon the United States of America and its infidel inhabitants. The intense scrutiny of information studied and re-studied by those who secretly disseminate huge volumes of data in various languages reminds us how daunting it is to keep America safe.
Assault on St. Agnes gives us a unique hero with a brilliant brain, an obnoxious personality, a tender heart, but a savvy outlook on the natures of terrorists. High-intensity action, sharp dialogue, and tragic occurrences combine to make this thriller both realistic and meaningful. Highly recommend Joseph Courtemanche's Assault on St. Agnes.
In my mind, one of the best aspects of Assault on Saint Agnes is that its hero is an underdog. Personally, I have always had a soft spot for the underdog and Bobby Kurtz certainly fits that description. In spite of Bobby's military background, his physical appearance, which resembles Santa Claus, would certainly not inspire terror in anyone. However, underneath that exterior lies the heart of a warrior and that's where the story really takes place. Bobby's dedication to his nation, his family, and his fellow man is admirable and he is perfectly willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect others. The events in the novel are current and quite appropriate for today's world. I also believe that many will enjoy Bobby's sense of humor which targets himself as well as those around him regardless of their rank!
I highly recommend Assault on Saint Agnes to anyone who enjoys a believable military/terrorist thriller. I am already looking forward to the sequel!
The book actually reads like a non fiction since the author is very knowledgeable about counter terrorism having been employed in this field and it truly shows in the details. Obviously the author walked the walk and being a gifted writer he writes in a way that makes you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action.
This book reads fast and you will find it hard to put down once you start.
I highly recommend this book and was blessed to have had this book recommended to me by my pastor Larry Timm and having been blessed I purchased additional copies as gifts for other members of our congregation. I pray other Christians show their love and support for our brother Joe Courtemanche and purchase this book and read it! Truly, you will be glad you did!
The protagonist was atypical, which was appealing, Someone you can root for.
While it may have lacked polish, I definitely would be willing to read any subsequent novels the author may publish.
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The ending was one I didn't expect.
I await the next read by this author