A. J. Tata
Variance Publishing, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
. J. Tata's
, the sequel to
, is an extreme rollercoaster ride of high octane action, with rifles shooting and rockets exploding from ambush at every twist and turn. Since there are many references to the first adventure, I recommend reading
before opening this one.
Prologue takes readers to a 1991 Desert Storm battle in Iraq, in which Zachary Garrett captured Iraqi General Jacques Ballantine and shot his brother Henri, earning Jacques' lifelong enmity. Ballantine had an insurance policy, a get-out-of-jail-free card, that he used to good effect. Now, twelve years later, with access to the infamous WMDs and the support of various rogue nations, Ballantine executes his revenge.
he primary lead in this military thriller is CIA agent Matt Garrett, injured in the Philippines (where his beloved brother Zachary died while saving his life) in
. Matt had been investigating a high level U.S. conspiracy by a group who called themselves the
- and still wonders what happened to missing
weapons and what risk they might pose to his country.
att is recovering at his Virginia home, when a mysterious visitor shows up. Peyton O'Hara tells Matt that Vice President Hellerman (Matt's ex-fiancée Meredith works for him and supports his
program) requires his services on a special anti-terrorist task force. When they meet, Hellerman reveals that Ballantine is operating a fishing company from Canada, using a Sherpa to smuggle chemicals and biological agents into the U.S.. Hellerman orders them to Fort Bragg.
nfortunately, their jet is rerouted. It goes down. There are captures and escapes, and an amnesiac commando is dropped in solo to take out Ballantine, his identity a suprise to both the General and to Matt. There's an expert on nanotechnology, who applied bee swarming to weapons design. And Ballantine orchestrates a bunch of attacks on America's heartland, that kill thousands. But there's much worse to come - unless Matt and Peyton can track down their adversary and stop him before it's too late. To make their job harder, Ballantine has support at high levels in the U.S. military command structure - who can they trust?
ike its predecessor,
is an exciting and suspenseful read. It's worthy of note that A. J. Tata (a retired Brigadier General with an impressive military resumé) donates 100% of series royalties to the
USO Metro DC Hospital fund for Wounded Warriors
. Don't miss
and watch out for the next in the series,
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