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Gauntlet by Richard Aaron

February 4th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I would give this book 3.5-4 out of 5 stars.  Thanks to Lisa at Online Publicist for the chance to review this book!

Description: A terrorist threat is looming; an attack that would dwarf any other. This time, the government knows it’s coming, but doesn’t know where… or how.

From a stunning new voice in international intrigue comes a dramatic story of high-stakes missions, treachery, honor, an unlikely hero, and the ultimate terrorist attack…

Six hundred sixty tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya – the last of a deadly stockpile. The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive was hijacked en route to the destruction point. Days later, a glory-seeking “Emir” broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a major U.S. landmark. And he gives a timeline of one month.

Now a desperate chase covers four continents, as the men bent on attacking the United States use every weapon at their disposal to evade the American authorities. Time and again they prove willing to destroy anything – and anyone – standing in their way. But Hamilton Turbee, an autistic computer mastermind at the secretive and newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to follow their tracks. His flawed genius gives the nation its only chance at stopping the attack… if the American leadership will listen. As the enemies near their destination, and an attack becomes imminent, it is up to the TTIC team, still without a true leader, to stop the massive explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.

As the world watches in horror, the President asks TTIC two questions…

Where will the attack be?

And can it be stopped…

I really enjoyed this book and waffled between 3.5 and 4 stars just because there were two story lines going on that eventually come together at the end and I found one of them rather slow and had a hard time getting through it.   Following the story line about Youssef, TTIC and the CIA agents was exciting and I could not wait to find out what happened next.  I had to stay up late to finish the book and was slightly disappointed that you were left hanging.  I can’t wait for the next book.

Most of the characters were great.  You can’t help but root for Turbee, the autistic but brilliant computer geek working for TTIC, and I was practically biting my nails waiting to find out what happens Richard’s brother, Zak.  It was also an interesting twist to see what happened in Youssef’s past that brought him to the point in life where he is ready to help the Emir enact this terrorist attack.  He’s not your typical one track mind fanatic portrayed in most terrorist attack novels, his character shows the internal  moral debate and in fact you can almost come to like his character.

Like I mention above there is a second story line following two cops in Canada, Indy and Catherine, trying to find the hole used by drug traffickers between the US and Canada.  While I liked Indy the story line was a little too slow for me and took to long to show how it connected with the terrorist attack plans.

Overall this was a great page turning suspense and I for one can’t wait for the sequel.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Thriller/Suspense

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  1. lilly

    I have this one on my pile waiting to be reviewed as well. Can’t wait to read it, I like good action novels.

  2. dsuzuki

    I actually think my husband might read this one too. He normally only reads military-ish books although he doesn’t like a lot of build up. LOL. He mostly likes things getting blown up.

  3. Richard Aaron

    Hi! Just wanted to send out another thank you for the wonderful review. Can’t wait to hear what else you think, and hear comments on the pitches for the new book!


  4. dsuzuki

    A pleasure Richard. Cannot wait for the sequel!

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