From Publishers Weekly
Coonts's latest gripping espionage thriller (after America, Hong Kong and Cuba) continues the adventures of Adm. Jack Grafton as he pursues major malefactors. This time, a rogue Russian general has sold nuclear warheads to a Mideastern anti-American terrorist best known for "hacking some tourists to death with a machete" in Egypt. Grafton must identify and locate the terrorist and his cronies before he detonates the weapons in the U.S. The action moves from central Russia and Suez to the American east coast. Readers familiar with the series know that while Grafton's methods trample on the law, the FBI and, especially, the CIA, he will be supported by persons at the highest level of government. Coonts's naval background and his legal education bring considerable authority to the story, and the narrative is loaded with detailed information about terrorist networks, modern weaponry and international intrigue. The plot is so intricate and involves so many characters that readers might lose track of who's who, though Coonts delineates the major players skillfully. The best character is a computer hacker whom Grafton gets released from prison so that she can invade the databases of law enforcement agencies in Washington. The action is slam-bang, and shifts in point of view accelerate the tension. The climax, played out in the recently renovated interior of the Statue of Liberty, is made for the movies. By the novel's end, Grafton is so detested by law enforcement that the only thing for him to do is retire. Readers will hope it's only temporary.
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In Coonts' eleventh novel, the hero is Rear Admiral Jake Grafton, and his assignment--big surprise!--is to stop the unthinkable before it's too late. Written after the September 11 attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the plot involves a terrorist network that possesses nuclear weapons that may be used against the U.S. Grafton, who works for the FBI/CIA Joint Antiterrorism Task Force, discovers that a Russian general who "doesn't hate America, but loves money" has sold four missile warheads to a group called the Sword of Islam for $2 million. The plot continues through a series of mostly violent encounters in such varied places as Cairo, Florida, and New York City, and on a mysterious freighter, Olympic Voyager
. The book's title suggests its conclusion: two men spotted on the balcony of the Statue of Liberty's torch. By the time readers get to that point, they will have enjoyed an exciting romp. Librarians beware. This latest Coonts yarn undoubtedly will make the best-seller lists. George CohenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved