Abuse of Power
Macmillan Audio, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ack Hatfield, the protagonist of Michael Savage's debut thriller
Abuse of Power
, is a former war correspondent and (like the author) a well-known radio talk-show host. He's been discredited by leftist enemies who accused him of extreme prejudice against Muslims, and has been reduced to working as a freelance news producer in San Francisco.
ride-along with a close friend in the SFPD bomb squad takes Jack to the scene of a gang wannabe carjacking that uncovered a bomb. After it explodes and kills Jack's friend as he tries to defuse the bomb, the FBI execute a rather crude cover-up, that only makes Jack more determined to discover the truth.
s another old friend dies, and he himself is targeted, Jack finds links to a terrorist organization, the
Hand of Allah
. His quest takes him to Tel Aviv, London (despite his being banned from entering Britain), Paris, and back again to San Francisco. Along the way he teams up with a lovely agent working with a private anti-terrorist group.
t's all rather improbable (especially the involvement of high levels of British officials in a plot against the U.S.) but exciting. There are the anticipated captures and escapes, betrayals from on high, and a race against time - and the authorities - to stop a horrific attack on San Francisco.
listened to the audiobook version (unabridged, 9 CDs, 11 hours) of the story read by Peter Larkin. His voice seemed old for some of the characters, but he did well with the range of personalities. And though I found the ongoing political commentary detracted from the plot, it is one that will be enjoyed by thriller fans and conspiracy theorists alike.
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