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.
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
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.
As this novel was going through the finishing touches prior to publication, North was embedded with US Marines as they stormed Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Read more ›