This is the first book by this author that I have read. The basic premise was o.k., but boy, does this guy's wife make some totally dumb actions. Example: Her husband, CIA Director, is wandering around a small cruise ship which has been hi jacked by terrorists, while she and her husband, plus ex Sec. of Defense and his wife are taking a short vacation aboard. The terrorists know the Sec. Def is aboard, but have no knowledge of the CIA Director or his wife, as they are travelling under an assumed name. However, while the terrorists are holding the passengers in the Grand Salon, and note "an empty chair" and ask who was using it, the wife later actually pipes up and tells the terrorists that she is the wife of the CIA Dir. and he is loose on the ship and has probably killed some of the terrorists. She does this, knowing that these guys have already killed many in the Grand Salon for no cause. Maybe she though if she gave them a good hostage (herself) they would not kidnap the Sec. Def., which was their goal all along. Then, she kindly points out to the terrorist, while they are talking to each other on their radios, that her husband also can hear their plans because he also has a radio, taken from one of the dead terrorists that he killed. She is really good about giving these guys more ammo for their murderous takeover. Later on, they also toss a woman and her baby over the side, so we know how merciless they are.
Later in the book, this same woman and her daughter figure out where the head terrorist is basing his operation in D.C., and actually has her daughter drive her to this location "just to park in front of the headquarters to put some fear in the terrorists". Oh sure, she knows they have video cameras trained on the street and that they will recognize her. She is also very familiar with this particular house, as it used to be a CIA place, thus she is aware that it is located on a cul de sac dead end street. Of course, they come out, drag her out of the car, but let her daugher go, as they don't know the young woman is the daugter of the CIA Director. What kind of dumb move is that?? Oh wait, turns out she is pregnant with her daughter's and husband baby, as the daughter is unable to carry a baby. Now she is being abused by the lead terrorist in this house, has seen him murder casually, not to mention throwing a mother and baby overboard from the cruise ship. So, of course, she tells him she is pregnant, sure that this info will cause him to ease up on his beating of her. Oh sure!! Oh wait, the terrorist is also not too bright, as he let the daughter who was driving the car go, so of course she could let the authorities know exactly where her mother was being help captive.
All this might seem minor, but it strike a very false note for people who are supposedly bright enough to make it through a terrorist assault. Unbelievable. It really ruined this story for me, just waiting for the next dumb move/statement by one of the main protagonosts.
It was an o.k. thriller type of story, but many of the hero's actions and statements were hard to swallow.
I might read another of his books, perhaps one of the earlier ones, just to make sure this book was just an anomoly.