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A terrorist with a most personal grudge, an FBI analyst challenged to be three steps ahead of the intel, a Coast Guard captain assigned to keep watch on that most American of symbols from the water, an astronaut who takes her job very seriously - the paths of all of these people converge on one clear morning in Florida. NASA is preparing to launch the space shuttle, this time with a high-paying visitor on board as a guest, and the FBI and the Coast Guard are doing everything they can to make sure the launch goes off without a hitch. But one Pakistani man with a bottomless personal grudge is determined to strike back at the most visible target he can find.

Fresh off of her most successful Kate Shugak novel to date, Edgar Award-winner and New York Times best-selling thriller writer Stabenow delivers a nail-biting, all-too-real novel of international suspense.

©2008 Dana Stabenow (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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  • Charlie
  • 29-09-09

Should be X rated for violence

I love Dana Stabenow's Alaskan stories, but I was completely unable to listen to this. The opening scene is frankly disgusting and horrifying. I was unwilling to continue.

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  • Rusty
  • 01-08-18

Engrossing Thriller with Graphic Violence

The good news: this was an excellent, engrossing thriller about terrorism and the US Coast Guard. Loved the smart, confident female astronaut and hunky male USCG commander, as well as an interesting cast of supporting characters.

The bad news: the violence was graphic and depressing, more than in her Kate Shugak series, where there were lighter moments to balance the murder and mayhem. The terrorist characters and their crimes were described in great detail while the other characters were not as developed or expanded. Sorry, but I don't want to know why sociopaths kill.

Since this book written a few years after 911, it is not surprising that Muslims are overwhelming portrayed as heartless killers with no redeeming qualities. Considering how well the author's Kate series illustrates the horrible racism suffered by Native Americans, I was disappointed that she stereotyped another ethic group in such a negative way.