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The Valley of Shadows: A Derek Stillwater Thriller Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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The plot, well read the blurb. But Derek is a more human character in this, the fourth installment, than super hero, showing traits of say the great hardboiled detectives. A loner, a tough guy who is also fallible. Think James Bond meets Phillip Marlowe. The Pace: Relentless. Mark Terry, with a master story tellers hand, drops details by the dozen, personal and real, but never to the point of bogging the story down. How he manages to get so much detail into the story without slowing the pace is amazing. Think of the details as the paint job on a race car, it just makes it easier to "feel" for the players and tell them apart but it doesn't slow them in the least. Structure: Perfect. Mark's research must have been exhaustive. His knowledge of everything from technology to strategy and tactics of that Shadow World of the American alphabet soup; CIA, NSA, ODNI, FBI down to the traditional dress of Muslims, the gray area of arms dealers, international banking, and even traffic at different times of day on L.A. city streets and freeways is amazing when you think about it. The story follows logically a race against time and tries to solve a mystery - why, where and who will be the target. This man is a master story teller, and a first rate craftsman at getting it down. I'm going to be talking about, and thinking about this book for a long time, so get used to it. Go buy it and I may leave you alone. Or talk your ear off as we discuss it, because it is that kind of book.
I was captured by the plot of this book from the opening pages. Derek and a team of people that run the gamut from FBI to HLS. This team called START is trying to protect the United States from the terrorist attacks that are discovered when an apartment is taken down in Pakistan.The real clincher of the book for me is how real the plot it. The terrorist could actually do what is written without much trouble. We like to think we are protecting ourselves but we are we?
I will be reading more from Mark Terry, language and all.
There are no fantasy scenarios or super heroes so common in other anti terrorism novels. The characters are realistic and believable. All of the major players on both sides have their flaws and make serious mistakes.
A raid on an Al Queda safe house in Pakistan discovers a plan for a series of simultaneous suicide bombings in major cities throughout the US. Dr. Derek Stillwater, an agent with homeland security, joins one of several teams of anti-terrorist specialists across the US who are assigned to make urgent needle in a haystack searches to find the explosives and stop the terrorists.
The team that Stillwater joins is a dsyfunctional mix of agents, most of whom have never worked together before. Stillwater is not a good team player and a really loose cannon who likes to work on his own. His team participation is even harder because he once had a personal relationship with the female agent assigned to head the team.
Stillwater's team soon discover that they have more than one plot to stop because the terrorist leader has his own agenda which could have a more serious impact on the US than the planned bombings. The chase turns into a roller coaster ride of action on a par to some of the earlier Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy thrillers - so sit back and enjoy the ride.
My only criticism was the extra line breaks at the end of each paragraph which left large gaps between paragraphs on my Kindle which made it harder to read. A small amount of editing could remedy this.
This was a good thriller book. A little too much swearing is
the one thing I could have changed.
Intell from a raid on a terrorist cell where they came across a
computer that the bomb did not go off said they were
planning attack on voting day in 5 US cities.
A group of agents from FBI, Homeland security and
office of the Director of National Intelligence counterterrorism
will go to each of the 5 cities to try and stop it.
Derek Stillwater is not known as a team player. He is
assigned to LA. Derek has quite a rep. for getting things
done. people around him dying and breaking rules.
Derek gets into trouble from everyone it seems and
thats on the good guys side. He is very smart and
does not take everything at face value.
This is the first Derek Stillwater book that I have
read and I have enjoyed it. I would love to go and
read the earlier books.
I have messed up and not sure where I got this
ebook from. I know that I did not buy it and the
file I put it under says Librarything but don't show
getting it from thier or Netgalley. I do get emails
straight from Oceanview saying some books are
free at amazon right now. I did get it free and not
paid anything for my honest review.
06/07/2011 Oceanview Publishing 308 pages
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I read mostly traveling. I starts this book and could not put it down until finished. Very exciting and action packed.Published 9 months ago by Denise
Always looking for a new thriller-writer Mark Terry and Derek Stillwater were recommended.
I was not disappointed. This one is about security in the homeland. Read more
Mark Terry is a really Good Author.. He takes you on a journey to where the Action is happening.. Derek Stillwater is a Man's Man...Published 20 months ago by Terry Wilkerson
Derek Stillwater steps headlong into trouble again fighting a terrorist cell whose destructive plans aren't as clear as they want everyone to think.Published 21 months ago by D. K. Gaston
While this was a work of fiction there is a lot of truth to it. We have the worst
Security the world has ever seen. Read more
loved the books few tipos but that ok, loved it mucho, thanks for easy access. Make my life of reading easier.Published on January 30, 2014 by ValerieB5526