Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review # 93: The Breath of Allah by Steven W. Ritcheson

      Charles Rayson runs a branch of the Central Intelligence Agency - TAG - Technology Applications Group, and their current mission is to help rescue the daughter of an oil tycoon from a group of terrorist kidnappers known as the "Spear of Muhammad". But during the mission, they discover another of the terrorists' plots, referred to as the "Breath of Allah". Spear of Muhammad members will be releasing anthrax at a crowded bazaar in Turkey, and it is up to TAG team to stop them. So, they track the phone conversations of the terrorists and come up with a plan to eliminate the threats, but what happens when Charlie and the his team find out that one of their own could be in on the plot? Can they still stop the attack and save thousands of lives, including their own?
      Breath of Allah is a fast-paced, action-packed, intense spy thriller that will have readers riveted. I was impressed by the dynamic characters, the tight-knit plot, and the amount of geographical/technological detail that filled each of its 331 pages. The chapters were short, the characters were believable, and the dialogue was anything but boring and "scripted". I love books that I can get lost in, and this book definitely applies; I sympathized with the characters, experienced the Parisian and Turkish scenery, and felt like I was part of TAG for every twist and turn. I even enjoyed the ending, which is rare since I usually don't want books like this one to end! The only drawback was the amount of technical jargon involved, but it was easy enough to look up and get the gist. I cannot believe that this is Steven W. Ritcheson's first book! I will definitely be looking for more in years to come! This book is recommended for both men and women who like intense and realistic espionage thrillers.

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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