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Balefire [Mass Market Paperback]

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars This book holds up over time July 16 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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a made into a movie March 1 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book immediately after the 1984 Olympics, and now reading it again. Having been in Law Enforcement for 26 years now, the accuracy of tactics and how the police would respond to the scenarios in the book were amazing and made the book very chilling to read. The author did a great job in developing a story about a lone terrorist causing chaos in a west coast community just prior to the 1984 Olympics. It was a very easy and fun read.
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