Monday, March 10, 2014

Fictional Heroes Battle Terrorism

If you’re a fan of 24, the television show, you already know that Jack and Chloe will be coming back to Fox in May 2014.  I was thrilled when I learned the show was returning to television for a special season.  I enjoy “one man versus the enemy” thrillers and I enjoy reading books like that as well.  There are several series featuring heroes who are keeping America safe from terrorism.  If you enjoy 24, you may enjoy reading these as well.  Each title is the first in the series with a publisher description.

Power Down  by Ben Coes (Dewey Andreas)

Power DownA major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack. When terrorists strike the Capitana platform off the coast of Colombia, crew chief Dewey Andreas, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. While the intelligence and law enforcement agencies scramble to untangle these events and find the people responsible, an agent embedded into the highest levels of American society and business sets into play the second stage of these long-planned attacks. Meanwhile, Dewey Andreas is using all his long-dormant skills to fight his way off the platform, then out of Colombia and back to the U.S., following the trail of terrorists and operatives sent to stop him.

One Rough Man  by Brad Taylor (Pike Logan)

One Rough ManCommissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government, the fighting team known as Taskforce operates outside the law. Pike Logan was the most successful operator on the Taskforce until tragedy permanently altered his outlook on the world. Pike knows what the rest of the country might not want to admit: The real threat isn't from any nation, any government, any terrorist group. The real threat is one or two men, controlled by ideology, operating independently, in possession of a powerful weapon. Buried in a stack of intercepted chatter is evidence of two such men. The transcripts are scheduled for analysis in three months. The attack is mere days away. It is their bad luck that they're about to cross paths with Pike Logan. And Pike Logan has nothing left to lose.

Alpha  by Greg Rucka (Jad Bell)

AlphaFor the visitors to Wilsonville, the largest theme park in the world, the day began with a smile. By the end, they wonder-will they be able to escape with their lives? Retired Delta Force operator, Master Sergeant Jonathan "Jad" Bell, is Wilsonville's lead undercover security officer. The threat begins with the announcement of a hidden dirty bomb, but quickly becomes something far, far worse. Trained since the age of seventeen to save innocent victims from impossible hostage situations, Jad scrambles to assess the threat and protect the visitors. He will come face to face with a villain whose training matches his in every way-and presents a threat Jad may not be able to stop.

American Assassin  by Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp)

American AssassinTwo decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives--men who do not exist--to meet this burgeoning threat abroad, before it reaches America's shores. Stansfield's protege, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Among the thousands grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepare him to devastate the enemy with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.

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