- Author: Stuart Handley
- Published: March 2014 by Stuart Handley
- Category: Crime/Thriller/Suspense
Takfir wal-Hijra is one of the most extreme Islamist groups on the planet; they call for their followers to train in the use of arms, to blend in with their surrounds and to be sleepers within foreign communities ready to awaken and cause maximum mayhem.
Follow the path of a contagious virus as it is purposely extracted from one country to another before landing on American soil. When Homeland special agent, Matt Lilburn gets involved, terrorism has one heck of a fight on its hands.
I was provided with a copy by the author as part of Rosie Amber’s book review team.
A chillingly realistic scenario involving a group of terrorists sending a contagious virus over to the United States. Matt Lilburn, a special agent with Homeland Security, along with Dr Evangeline Crawston, a British scientist with a doctorate in bio-pharmaceuticals, are both assigned to the case and in a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the terrorists.
Both men were twenty four years old and American citizens, raised from birth in New York. Their parents were proud, hard working Syrians who had immigrated to the United States hoping for a better life. The parents had kept their Muslim faith and did their best to install the peaceful doctrines of Allah…..Their boys, Yusuf and Bashir, running together, found a darker, sinister path…
The terrorist cell in the United States, run by the menacing Bomani, had just found two new recruits and they were committed to causing as much damage and disruption as possible.
The Director of Counter Terrorism, Allan Hall, and the Director of Emergency Management, Suzanna Lopez, together with Matt and Evangeline, are under pressure to stop the terrorists but all is not as it seems in Homeland Security.
The action and intrigue, with an unexpected twist, is intense and increases the level of suspense. The concept of the story is fascinating, gripping from the start, bringing home the terrible and conceivable possibility of bio terrorism.
A very well written and researched novel, which has it all…murders, high-speed car and helicopter chases, a rather gruesome mutilation and passionate encounters. The switches in location from the United States to England and the Gaza Strip and back again is accomplished with ease, creating a continuously flowing narrative which is a pleasure to read.
I’m enjoying Stuart Handley’s dramatic and visually descriptive writing style very much. The characters are well-defined and authentic, even down to one-off appearances, such as Bonny, the neighbour of the two young Syrians. I look forward to more adventures with Matt Lilburn.
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