Saturday, July 17, 2010

Boykin and Morrisey's Danger Close ~ Reviewed



Danger Close: A Novel [Hardcover]
William G. Boykin, Tom Morrisey
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Fidelis (July 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805449558


Description:

Barely into his twenties and already a highly decorated military hero, Army Special Forces veteran Blake Kershaw is now going to college, studying while recuperating from wounds received in Afghanistan, and planning to re-enter the Army as an officer after graduation. But life tosses Blake a curve when his country approaches him about using his special skills to avert a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear device in a major eastern U.S. city. To do that, he would need to become an operative deep within Al-Qaeda’s innermost circles—changing his entire identity, even his face. A true patriot, Blake makes the journey into a shadow world that leaves friends, family and, seemingly, even God far behind. But when things go terribly wrong, and his country looks set to destroy him, it is God and God’s people who intervene.

Review:

This review is from reading an Advanced Reader Copy/Unedited Proof. A couple days ago I finished reading a thriller/action-adventure/suspense novel in the latest Time Scene Investigators series, The Influenza Bomb: A Novel from Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore MD and I was immediately in the mood for more. Thus I looked through my shelves to find similar authors and found two books that I read last year about the same genre one was Gold of Kings: A Novel from Davis Bunn and the other Pirate Hunter...more This review is from reading an Advanced Reader Copy/Unedited Proof. A couple days ago I finished reading a thriller/action-adventure/suspense novel in the latest Time Scene Investigators series, The Influenza Bomb: A Novel from Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore MD and I was immediately in the mood for more. Thus I looked through my shelves to find similar authors and found two books that I read last year about the same genre one was Gold of Kings: A Novel from Davis Bunn and the other Pirate Hunter by Tom Morrisey. So I looked up the authors and discovered that I had an ARC sitting on my shelf co-authored by Tom Morrisey at Lieutenant General (Retired) William G. Boykin. With some excitement I snatched it off my shelf and dove in.

When I read about this book I thought that it was going to be all military and more a "man's-novel" than something that I would enjoy, but it was both. There was tons of military jargon and descriptions, but for the most part I was able to keep up and catch on. This is a novel about a Army Special Forces veteran that turns Spook and works in some extremely dangerous double agent espionage in an Al-Qaeda cell. It was thrilling and suspenseful. I was nervous and excited. It was the same thrill as watching the television show 24 or reading/watching the Jason Borne stories. The characters were real and easy to follow.

My only issues were specific to it being an unedited proof and therefore hold no control over what the final press print will be like, but even in a draft this story was there and developed fully enough for extreme entertainment. I would not hesitate to recommend this story to anyone. Normally I try to stay out of the stories that deal with "current day scenarios" as it is true that anything in this book could be tomorrow's headline. But I felt that this novel was entertaining and if nothing more than that provides hope. Lt. Blake Kershaw is a good 'ole boy and a true patriot. I would gladly want to own a real copy of this novel for my keeper shelf.

Reviewed by: Margaret Chind