David Isaak Shock & Awe

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Shock & Awe

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Shock and Awe is an incendiary action thriller from an audacious new voice. Ex-special forces operative Carla Smukowski is struggling to come to terms with her brother's murder by Islamic militants, but she's unwilling to make peace with a world which has betrayed her. Her collaborator - and sometimes lover - is Boyce Hammond, a down-at-heel FBI agent who's been undercover so long he's forgotten where his loyalties lie. Smukowski, Hammond and their squad of American terrorists - the so-called Ethan Allen Brigade - seize a shipment of Indonesian nuclear waste, intending to make a radiological `dirty bomb' for an attack that will inflame the Islamic world. But just as Hammond begins to fear the group he has infiltrated might pull off their insane scheme, the stolen shipment is snatched from them by a group of extremist every bit as dangerous - and now America itself is the target. Packed with breathtaking action scenes, political insight and unforgettable characters, Shock and Awe turns the terrorist novel on its head: a subversive action thriller for a new era.

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David Isaak holds a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Resource Systems, and has worked as an energy consultant in more than thirty countries, including many Middle Eastern nations. He lives in Huntington Beach, California.

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The goal is to fight terrorism with terrorism in Isaak's action-packed debut. Cashiered Special Forces operative Carla Smukowski, devastated by her brother's death at the hands of Iraqi terrorists, is lured into an anti-Arab conspiracy. Financed by a politically connected billionaire, Carla trains American militia members to hijack a nuke and divert it to Mecca. Undercover FBI agent Boyce Hammond must pretend support while secretly sabotaging the project, struggling with his relationship with another militia member, and flirting with Carla. Strong female characters, complex questions of loyalty and patriotism, moral gray areas, and an effective depiction of paramilitary psychological and interpersonal dynamics bring unusual depth, but the story's power is undermined by Bush-era politics (this U.K. import was first published in 2007, and it shows) and an unfortunate twist that leads to an anticlimactic ending. (Mar.)
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