Wednesday 13 December 2017

Review: The Devil's Light by Richard North Patterson

Quercus, £12.99

Just months before the 10th anniversary of the devastating al-Qa'ida attack on September 11, one of that organisation's most ruthless operatives masterminds the theft of a Pakistani nuclear warhead and manages to subvert a military technician to provide him with the code to arm the weapon.

Then a chilling message is broadcast by the Renewer, Osama bin Laden. Recorded before his death at the hands of US special forces, Bin Laden promises a devastating attack on a major American city on the anniversary of the attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon.

There is panic amongst the US intelligence agencies, and America goes into lockdown. But Brooke Chandler, an ace CIA undercover operative in the Lebanon before his cover was blown by an incompetent colleague, is sure that the prime target is not America, but in fact Israel, and he somehow has to convince his sceptical superiors that he is right and get them to help him neutralise a major threat to world peace.

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