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After the two commercial airlines crashed into the World Trade Center buildings on the morning of September 11, 2001, and deadly debris rained down came raining down on the people below, the only question for the people in New York City and its environs was,
Captain Lopez of the Special Forces was seated at her post in the Urban Command Post (UCP) behind bullet-proof windows on that morning. Hostile Intent: Game On by W. M. Allen, a military-action novel published by Hopeful Media Solutions LLC on August 31, 2017, begins just before the 9/11.Where were you when it happened?
The issue that seems to be on my mind is whether there was any intelligence that predicted the coordinated attacks before they happened. Another pressing question is if there was, why was not used to stop the attack before it happened?
There is no time for such questions at the moment, there is only time for quick reactions and countermeasures. Under the eyes of her boss and traveling at full military power, Captain Lopez soon hits the road with the Mobile Command Team (MCT) for the terror groups behind the attacks. Even amidst the struggle within the military and the nation, life still goes on as the lives of army personnel are explored and relationships and secrets uncovered as nothing is left to chance.
The stakes are getting higher as the waves of assault and espionage begin to hit. In just a few days after the 9/11, Brigadier General O’Malley and his team have to stop a terror plot that could see the ghastly demise of thousands of children, an onslaught that could be even worse than the September 11 attacks.
Themes of deception, terrorism, and war play a greater part in this action-packed fiction with a complex plot as O’Malley comes up as the strongest character and a witty boss outwitting all odds. The author has considerably fleshed out the characters and expertly crafted the dialogue to fit perfectly into the narrative. He obviously did his research well with the ranks and the hierarchy within the military that are well exploited and placed in the narrative. There were a couple of twists that caught me by surprise and made me appreciate the author’s story-spinning skills.
A couple of the 328 standard pages of this book were taken up by military terms, procedures, and reasons behind the procedures. Navigating through the jargon and explanations would have been enjoyable and fun if they would have been weaved in a striking or interesting way. Even though W. M. Allen steered through this in a slightly above average manner, it did not help me much in not getting distracted from the story at certain points.
There were a few editing issues like; the tense problem, “O’Malley notice[d] the VP’s negative reaction,” inclusion of words that should not have been in the sentence, “…slid across [the] Sara’s legs,” and some minor errors. I give this novel a rating of 3 out of 4 stars because of the aforementioned flaws. I recommend it to readers that like thick plots and military action and suspense.
I would also recommend it to those that were directly or indirectly affected by the September 11 attacks as a means of closure, and to appreciate the hard work and lives lost by the United States firefighters and law enforcement officers.
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