4 out of 4 stars
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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Wait! Kelly and Tom, the honeymooners, are not taking a space shuttle to someplace far, far away. The setting is not even in Florida at the Kennedy Space Flight Center. The story begins in Honduras; runs through Washington, DC; Homeland/Korea and a few other places. Dorothy May Mercer, the author of EMP Honeymoon: Kelly and Tom , has crafted a fast-paced action novel about terrorism.
The action begins with the Prelude when Kelly calls her brother, Senator Michael McBride to try to tell him that something is afoot on the idyllic Caribbean island she has chosen for her honeymoon with Carson City Police Sargent Tom Turbulo. She doesn't have time to describe how she uses her self-defense skills to get away from someone who means to harm her for stumbling into a concealed high-tech lab.
The author weaves the theme of feminism throughout this novel by including other female characters who demonstrate highly-developed skills, critical intelligence, and self-reliance. The group of terrorists is led by a woman who must master, not only the English language but the culture and mannerisms, as well. Kelly's brother, the senator, has a female personal assistant who is his bodyguard and chief of his investigating unit. She sends two female bodyguards to Honduras to protect Kelly and Tom. Homeland has women who work on Operation Nuclear Winter.
Chapter Two contains an extended interview with a professor of advanced nuclear physics. While the inclusion of this piece breaks up the physical action, it serves as an explanation of EMP (Electro-magnetic pulse) and the importance, as well as, the vulnerability of the North American power grid. Kelly and Tom listen to this broadcast which leaves Tom a little worried.
These terrorists have been sent by DL aka Dear Leader of Homeland who holds no love in his heart for President Bigelow of the United States. DL wants to conquer the US. He uses enticements, threats, torture, starvation, and death to further his goals. However, President Bigelow has an ace up his sleeve in the form of the newly minted branch of the US military, the Space Force. Author Mercer gives a futuristic sneak peek into its capabilities.
Could a smaller nation pose a real nuclear threat to a larger nation? Are present computer systems so powerful and ubiquitous that complacency about security could bring about downfall? What about nuclear weaponry that can be easily transported on routes that are not monitored routinely? Though this book is a quick read, it raises questions about national security against terrorism that need to be addressed and answered. Therefore, I would rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
The book was well edited. I would place it in the young adult section of a bookstore or public library due to mild sexual innuendo and situations.
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