When Na’il Miraj arrives at an al Qaeda recruiting station in Paris, he is seen by the organization’s leaders as a gift from Allah. Their hope is that the former U.S. Army missile repair technician could turn their horde of out-of-date Stinger missiles into functioning weapons.
The discovery of Stinger missiles that failed to fire in a farmer’s field in North Texas in the fall of 2016 should have set off alarm bells within the last few months of a lame duck administration. But they didn’t.
There were those in the CIA who thought differently. Derek Almer is encouraged to start a small think tank by a friend in the CIA to research the threat of man portable, shoulder mounted surface-to-air missiles known by the acronym MANPADS. Helped by a little luck and intelligence from his contacts within the Mossad, Derek’s firms learns that the terrorist group has smuggled Russian-made Igla-S’s, as well as Stingers, into the U.S. Miraj’s plan—shoot down enough airliners to kill thousands and shut down the world’s air transportation system.
The question Derek Almer has to answer is when and where will the missiles be used?
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A solid thriller in the grand tradition of Robert Ludlum or Tom Clancy, which means a narrative that has next to no character development but with a plot structure so strong and propulsive that you don't really care. I must, however, point out two significant flaws in the version I read. First, it Is littered with typos, missing words, and other obvious errors. That's a shame. This is too good a book to be marred by slopping editing. Second, there is a kinky sex subplot that is so silly and gratuitous that it is both stupid and embarrassing. Those chapters could simply be cut out and thrown away since they have so little to do with the main narrative line and it would improve the novel considerably. Overall, highly recommended. Get rid of the dumb subplot, fix the editing, and it's five stars all the way.