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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars...A Team That's Hard to Beat April 3 2004
Does Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? With that question still lurking, "The Jericho Sanction" is a pertinent thriller. Through the eyes of Peter Newman, Marine, we see once again the subterfuge and lies of Middle East politics--not to mention the politics of western capitalism and moral relativity.
Although the book stands alone, it will be particularly gratifying for those who have read the first novel, "Mission Compromised." We witness the events of the Newman family's survival, and the subsequent troubles they face when Mrs. Newman is kidnapped from a street in Jerusalem. The attack is more than a personal vendetta; it is a ploy to sell nuclear weapons and track down embedded double agents. Once again, a renegade Russian diplomat is at the helm, steering the story toward a conclusion that is realistic, but without any real surprises.
For readable, yet credible military thrillers, North and Musser form a team that's hard to beat. North's background lends eye-opening insights into the political and military process, while Musser's prose brings the story to life. With the loose ends left at the end of this book, I have no doubt that we'll be seeing a third book soon. I can't wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, Useful and Realistic: A Solid Novel Jan. 28 2004
By Newt Gingrich THE
This is an interesting and useful novel about weapons of mass destruction, an international arms market in illegal weapons, the potential for rogue regimes to acquire extraordinarily dangerous weapons and the absolute requirement for both covert operations and preemptive actions.
As an Army brat I think North is a little too Marine centric but then, as a Marine, he has to be.
Additionally, North's understanding of the slow, ponderous and clumsy nature of Washington bureaucratic politics, the requirement for allies both overt and covert and the need for leaders to follow their instincts is all too accurate. (In a sense that is what a lifetime of leadership training and experience is all about--creating leaders who can determine which hunches they have to follow and which they should avoid.)

America can project a lot of power because countries like Turkey, Britain, Israel and individual people in many of other countries are willing to work with us. The morning this is not true, we will be a dramatically weaker and more vulnerable nation.

As you read in the daily papers about the level of surprise in the 17 years that Iranians have been lying about their nuclear program or the revelation that Libya was much closer to building a nuclear bomb than experts had projected, you will find the Jericho Sanction reads a little more like daily events and a little less like fiction
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jericho Sanction Jan. 7 2004
By Trish
The first book I had read by this author 'Mission Compromised', was so interesting, and such an adventure, that when 'The Jericho Sanction' came out, I who rarely buys a hardcover book (usually paperback), had to purchase this book immediately. Once I brought it home and started reading, I could not put it down. This story is fast paced, very descriptive without slowing the story line. The thrills, close calls, and adventure were absolutely spellbinding. I highly recommend this book to any one interested in military service related fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing details Jan. 2 2004
I didn't read "Mission Compromised," however; I don't believe it would make much of a difference in understanding the plot details of this book.
"The Jericho Sanction," starts out with the character Mitch Vecchio being interviewed by the FBI over a wanted poster. He apparently went to the FBI because he recognized the face on the poster and realized the name was wrong and that he knew who the real person was and wanted to let the FBI know. The person in question happens to be the main character in the story; Peter Newman. The strange part comes in when Mitch Vecchio is reflecting in though while waiting to be interviewed by the FBI. The story goes on to tell that Mitch had an affair with Peter's wife Rachel and that he wondered if Peter ever found out about that or not, a series of questions ran through his mind wondering what could of happen to Rachel since the last time he saw her. When the FBI finally interviews Mitch, they apparently had on file that they knew Mitch was having and affair with Rachel, which in turn made Mitch tell the FBI everything he knew about Peter Newman. Ok - So after this whole little bit, the book changes gears completely, going over the secret life of Rachel and Peter, then eventually to the kidnapping, the nukes, saving the world, etc.
Not at ONE point does the book ever foreshadow the beginning part on the secret affair of Rachel and Mitch, which I find extremely lacking since Rachel and Peter were very significant characters in the book and held the glue together.
Another point, which I found odd, was the fact that in the book a FBI mole gave out secrets to the Russian General Komulakov, who's the main villain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, intriguing, and reality-based Nov. 13 2003
The Jericho Sanction is the second novel written by North and Musser. It follows the New York Times' Bestseller Mission Compromised as the second book in a three-book series. (If you haven't read Mission Compromised yet, it is now out in paperback.) In The Jericho Sanction, North continues the action-packed story of Peter Newman, a Marine lieutenant colonel whose covert operation against terrorists and Saddam Hussein was betrayed by United Nations' and U.S. government bureaucrats.
Newman and his wife Rachel go into hiding following an assassination attempt orchestrated by a renegade UN Deputy Secretary General with KGB ties. Although, he has been framed as an international terrorist, Newman is called out of hiding to help the US military find three soviet-era nuclear weapons that may have fallen into the hands of Saddam Hussein.
When his wife is kidnapped in Israel, along with an Israeli woman, Newman teams up with the Israeli military to find them and the nuclear weapons. The events that follow bring the middle-east to the brink of nuclear war, as Israel considers a proactive nuclear strike as its necessary action of defense.
Like Mission Compromised, this book is a gripping story of international intrigue, conflict, violence, betrayal and faith. It is an entertaining and intelligently written page-turner that the reader is sure to appreciate.
As President Reagan's coordinator of US counter-terrorism efforts in the mid-1980's, North was involved in highly-classified covert operations, including the 1985 interception of the Achille Laura cruise ship hijackers and the bombing of Libyan terrorists' bases.
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