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Plenty Of Action But More Science Fiction Than Straight Ahead Thriller
on December 9, 2009
This is my third book by the author. Previously I had read Ice Station, which I very much liked, and Area 7. I like super hero's such as Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp and David Hagberg's Kirk McGarvey. But I prefer that their exploits seem reasonable. They can be somewhat over the top. But not totally. That's the problem I have with Matt Reilly's Shane Schofield. He's,for my taste, just too far over the top. The plot of this is basically about a group of 12 extremely wealthy industrialists who want to remake the world to their preference. They plan on doing this by exploding nuclear devices in key cities around the world. Of course they will make it seem that others have launched the missiles. For example Israel against Mecca. They also have hired groups of well trained well armed mercernaries to eliminate fifteen top notch men who might be able to stop the attack. Naturally Schofield is the only one of the fifteen to survive. And yes, he does abort the attacks. The highlight is Schofield flying in an X-15 next to a missile in trajectory and managing to disarm it while an AMRAAM is launched at him. A new character is introduced The Black Night who is a former marine turned mercernary who was hired by a wealthy french woman to protect Schofield from the bounty hunters after his head which was valued at some $18.6 million. Perhaps the Black Night will surface in a future book. So, there was plenty of nonstop action. But.....