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Science fiction not crime fiction
on March 3, 2016
First the good. The author is obviously a legal expert as evidenced by the specifics in the book about anything in the realm of law firms and court proceedings. The premise of the story was also good, a plausible advancement in aviation technology turned to terrorist purposes. Now the bad. Alas I personally fought to finish the book based on the utter fantasy that is our heroine, Sasha. As a 6 foot 3 inch 240 pound 33 year veteran law enforcement officer who is like ALL professional law enforcement officers well trained in defensive tactics of several variations, firearms, and weapon retention to name just the things pertinent to this story, virtually everything the 5 foot 100 pound Sasha does in the book when confronted by a potential threat (every single one of which is bigger than her; some over twice her size) is so far removed from reality that it makes Alice in Wonderland seem realistic by comparison. The old saying "It ain't the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog" has gotten a lot of fools hurt or killed! That is why there are weight classes in every form of sport fighting!
Spoiler alerts here. First, officers never stand close enough to subjects to have their pistols taken as described. In fact they train specifically to deny/defeat the exact move Sasha uses in the book yet she breaks his nose, his trigger finger (which is by the way the minimum of what happens when this disarming technique is used successfully; it can actually remove the finger). Yet this highly trained Federal Officer is utterly defenseless against her. Second it is ludicrous to believe that given Sasha's admitted training in the latest "pet" martial art Krav Maga, with no actual experience in a life threatening fight she is able to simultaneously defeat not one but two huge former Russian mafia men now turned professional enforcers/hit men to the point of nearly beating one to death. Yet when struck squarely in the face by one of these "pros" of vastly superior size and presumably strength her only reaction is to flinch and proceed to beat the man up! Not a broken bone just a split lip.
Towards the end of the story when confronted by a female who is described as obviously not familiar with guns and who DID place herself and her pistol too close to our heroine on at least two occasions practically begging to be disarmed, we are given every excuse why she can't disarm this novice given at least two excellent opportunities. When she finally does use the exact same technique used earlier on the Federal officer to disarm the woman she does almost no physical damage to her. What? Lastly while holding a pistol on two terrorists/mass murderers this genius attorney leaves a cutting block full of knives within reach of them and when confronted by one of them with a deadly weapon she throws her gun away to disarm the man bare handed!! It begs the question why even hold a gun you admit you have no intention of using. Finally after disarming the man and breaking his wrist (of course) she places this weapon on the counter where guess what? It is grabbed by a civilian while Sasha looks on and used to murder someone in their custody.
I will not waste my time on another book by this author; although I wanted to like it it was so ridiculous from a real world standpoint of fighting and firearms use/retention I found it cartoonish and an affront to anyone with any semblance of common sense. What you do is up to you.