A raid on a Pakistan Al-Qaeda cell recovers two laptops. When the computers' booby-traps are defused and the computers decrypted and translated, they indicate that Al-Qaeda has planned a series of simultaneous attacks in five U.S. cities involving potential dirty bombs, biological weapons and maybe even a nuclear weapon-on Election Day. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security, is assigned to a multi-jurisdictional Special Terrorism Activity Response Team (START) to locate the weapon and terrorists in Los Angeles and prevent the attack. They have two days. But as they close in on their targets, Derek begins to think that the intelligence they gathered is a sideshow to distract them from the real target-one of the two candidates for President of the United States.
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The Valley of the Shadows is one of the best and most realistic page turning terrorist thrillers I have read this year with rapid fire action from start to finish. The scary part is that this terrorist scenario could so easily happen.
There are no fantasy scenarios or super heroes so common in other anti terrorism novels. The characters are realistic and believable. All of the major players on both sides have their flaws and make serious mistakes.
A raid on an Al Queda safe house in Pakistan discovers a plan for a series of simultaneous suicide bombings in major cities throughout the US. Dr. Derek Stillwater, an agent with homeland security, joins one of several teams of anti-terrorist specialists across the US who are assigned to make urgent needle in a haystack searches to find the explosives and stop the terrorists.
The team that Stillwater joins is a dsyfunctional mix of agents, most of whom have never worked together before. Stillwater is not a...
Review:The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry 4 STARS This was a good thriller book. A little too much swearing is the one thing I could have changed. Intell from a raid on a terrorist cell where they came across a computer that the bomb did not go off said they were planning attack on voting day in 5 US cities. A group of agents from FBI, Homeland security and office of the Director of National Intelligence counterterrorism will go to each of the 5 cities to try and stop it. Derek Stillwater is not known as a team player. He is assigned to LA. Derek has quite a rep. for getting things done. people around him dying and breaking rules. Derek gets into trouble from everyone it seems and thats on the good guys side. He is very smart and does not take everything at face value. This is the first Derek Stillwater book that I have read and I have enjoyed it. I would love to go and read the earlier...
The book moves fast. Perhaps this is due to the shorter length. the sequences are logical, the process believable and the conclusion realistic. BUT the injuries sustained by the white hats are well overboard. Really, a hundred foot fall down a cliff, bad guys that are preoccupied making far better handgun shots than our heros. That was a huge stretch
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