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Balefire [Mass Market Paperback]

KEN GODDARD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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March 29 1996
A series of police killings in a quiet Southern California suburb threatens to upset the entire nation and brings together the commander of a homicide unit, a dedicated investigator, a crime lab supervisor, and a forensic scientist. Reprint.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A near-prefect thriller Nov. 14 1996
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
What can one terrorist do against an entire police force? You'd be amazed...

"Balefire" is a cuningly crafted look at what a well-planned, patient terrorist assault can do to the average American town. Predictably, the town circles the wagons -- but The Terrorist simply attacks from the middle and watches as the citizens turn and fire upon themselves.

This novel is as well-crafted and well-paced as any I've ever read. It fixes itself on the mind and bores itself into that danger zone that says "My God, this could really happen..."

Notably, this book was brought to my attention by a manual on terrorism prevention I was assigned to read while in the U.S. Navy. It was the only fiction book on the list, but it was included alongside the scholarly journals on terrorism for its unflinching look at the havoc a well-trained insurgent could wreak upon an unsuspecting city.

This novel quickly transformed me into a page-turning automaton. Ignoring the car that needed to be washed and the lawn that needed to be mowed, I read "Balefire" from start to finish on a Saturday afternoon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Story, Still A Great Read! Aug. 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the reviews for Balefire (here on Amazon) after reading First Evidence. When I started reading the book, I had doubts that I would lose interest, given the fact that Balefire was written back in the 1980's. However, Mr. Goddard wrote Balefire in a way that it felt like the book was written regarding the current 2000 olympics!
The story line takes a few pages to get established, but the author does not spend time presenting information to you that you would never reflect on again. (example: the key being placed in the radio.)
Even the ending is unpredictable...so it's well worth the 400 pages in the paperback you will go through to reach the ending!
I totally recommend this book to readers of mystery and action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book holds up over time July 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was written before the 1984 Olympics. Today - one month before the 2004 Olympics - I found the story just as plausible and terrifying now as it was 20 years ago. I think the most disturbing part of the book is how successfully a single (yet well-financed) terrorist could disrupt, distract and divert the focus of law enforcement by knowing how they think and using it against them. Perhaps the greatest feat in Balefire is not the physical action (there's plenty - it's not all psychological), but the ability of the protagonists to think outside the box they let themselves get herded into. I don't know why this never got made into a movie. Maybe it's too real. Read the book - with the lights on.
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