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The Fourth Perimeter Mass Market Paperback – Special Edition, April 1, 2005
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Wealthy, high-tech entrepreneur Kurt Ford, once a Secret Service agent, doesn't believe that his son, an active agent himself, committed suicide. Using his money and connections, his knowledge of the inner workings of the Secret Service charged with guarding the nation's chief executive, and the computer technology at his command, Ford uncovers a link between a mysterious midnight meeting held by the president and the untimely deaths of the other agents on duty with his son that night. Even worse, he finds evidence pointing to one chilling conclusion: that the president himself had a hand in his son's murder.
Vowing to make him pay, Ford uses his thorough knowledge of the Secret Service to undertake an attempt to kill the president and to live to enjoy his revenge, something no other presidential assassin has ever accomplished. And author Tim Green uses his own understanding of how the Secret Service goes about its mission to make the most of a riveting plot, which will give readers who've come to understand and empathize with Ford some extremely tense moments. It's hard not to cast this in one's mind as a movie; it's a juicy, action-packed story with a complex central character that has Harrison Ford written all over it. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
If Green was as obvious on the football field as he is in the writing of his latest thriller (after The Letter of the Law), his NFL career would have been a lot shorter. The first clue to what's going on in this story about a former Secret Service agent trying to investigate and avenge the death of his son comes early on, followed almost immediately by three more thuddingly obvious markers. Any chance they will prove to be red herrings quickly disappears: they are all exactly what they seem to be. Too bad, because the basic premise is sound and promising: Kurt Ford, former Secret Service agent and successful computer entrepreneur, knows his beloved son, Collin, better than anyone, and is ready to stake his life on the certainty that Collin an able and ambitious Secret Service agent himself would never commit suicide, as the Washington, D.C., police have concluded. So when a former rival within the Treasury Department, David Claiborne, contacts Kurt secretly and tells him that two other Secret Service agents have also died under mysterious circumstances, it's definitely possible that all three agents witnessed something they shouldn't have when they accompanied the president to a clandestine meeting at a Maryland farmhouse. As Kurt uses his own experience to plan a private vendetta, fans of Green's previous books might hope for and certainly deserve a few more plot twists and a much more interesting resolution. Instead, they are served up an all too predictable finale. 3-city author tour.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The scenario is that your son, a Secret Service agent has apparently committed suicide. You are a former SS agent who has become a very successful corporate type - worth a billlion or so. Your wife has died; you have fallen in love with a subordinate employee; and you have to deal with this suicide when you least are prepared to do so. However you recognize that it could not be such - a friend in the service confirms that and identifies the person behind the killing. i.e. the President of the United States. Your focus is to kill him and to do that you have to penetrate the Forth Perimenter of his security. You lay out a plan to do so and survive and after doing it things start to unravel. How they unravel and how that is delt with is the stength of the novel. It is a fine read.
It could have been a great read but the grammar, syntax, and murky dialog kept getting in the way, and left it badly flawed.
However, my ire is reserved for Jill, better known as Mary Sue. Stunning, lovely, brilliant, with a tragic past making her fear she would never find love, professional, desperate for a baby, athletic, gracious, kind . . . . . with flaming auburn hair, a perfect athlete's body and, omg, she loves the hero with all the passion her heart can muster . . .
I sincerely hoped she would die and die badly as a message to the hero. I mean die badly. I had hope with the bike accident, but it was such a farce. She was ejected over a railing and shattered her helmet against a freaking tree, but only needed a hot bath to recover. And, of course, the kindly combo farmer-state trooper thought he had rescued a "fallen angel."
And the plan to thwart the really bad thing that the hero is planning? Yes! A kidnapping! Oh, please please please help me Mr. State Trooper, oh please! "Well of course I will Little Missy, and no, I won't honor my oath and report his nefarious scheme!"
Storming into Bruce Wayne's office while he is plotting his nefarious deed, her upper lip all aquiver as she demands to know if he still loves her because she is so lonely in that palace by the lake. Then he pets and reassures her and tells her he'd see her in bed. And let's not forget her stamping her dainty hoof and flouncing when she discovered Chang wasn't staying for dinner.
I could go on, but won't. In general, 4 stars for premise and 0 stars for execution, leaving an average of 2 stars. If you want to fantasize about snagging a billionaire who doesn't have a red room of pain, this might amuse for a bit. I mainly finished it to see if Jill would be killed, thus fulfilling the tragedy of the hero's life.
I'd say the author has good ideas and he tries to add depth to his characters, but his writing style is not very good. I admit I like Jane Austen, so my demands are high, but his prose is often bland and occasionally clunky. For example: "With a razor, he slashed them open one by one to reveal an ensemble of underwater equipment, all of which was midnight blue and smelling of fresh paint. He had known exactly what he needed and ordered everything over the Internet in a matter of a few hours. Even though he could have any number of people who worked for him around the house unpack the gear, Kurt had given every one of them including Clara the day off." Clunk.
I'm notoriously bad at figuring out mysteries and thrillers, but I got this one right away. There weren't many surprises, though there were good ideas. My impression is that this would be a great second draft, but it is not a novel yet. Maybe Green needs a different editor.
It's the first novel I've read by Tim Green. I don't feel a great urge to read another, though other reviewers suggest his other books are better, and I might pick up one based on the author's interest in his characters and his ideas, but I'd rank this effort as only average.