Sunday, May 12, 2013

State of Emergency-Marc Cameron

State of Emergency

Marc Cameron

Pinnacle, Apr 30 2013, $9.99

ISBN: 9780786031801

Someone viciously murders agents, Russian Mikhail Polzin and American Riley Cooper in Uzbekistan. In Seattle, college student Taylor Bancroft dies at a hospital from radiation poisoning that she carried inside her when she agreed in Helsinki to deliver drugs back to the States to make some easy money. Less than two minutes apart, bombs explode almost simultaneously at the Embarcadero BART station in San Francisco and at Vikebsk Station in St. Petersburg, Russia; both sites leave many dead and panic of terrorism goes stratospheric. Espionage agencies fear that a cold killer has control of the dreaded mythical Baba Yoga which means cold war nuclear bombs are next.

Air Force OSI agent Jericho Quinn and his unit search for the sinister genius who has gained control of at least two nukes; their mission is to eliminate the threat by retrieving the bombs and killing the adversaries. Aleksandra the Russian operative joins the team who end up in South America where as part of his mission, Quinn rides in the 6,000 mile Dakar Rally motorcycle race.

The latest Jericho Quinn thriller (see Act of Terror and National Security) is an exhilarating over the top of Nevado Sajama tale as time is running out even before the hero, his squad and the Russian begin countermeasures. Fast-paced, readers will enjoy Quinn’s sprint to prevent a calamity from two ice-cold terrorists who early on watch the sunset together while Cooper slowly dies at their feet.

Harriet Klausner

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