Gauntlet

by Richard Aaron | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780981676883 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 2/22/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, February 22, 2009
Amazon Editorial Review:

660 tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya. The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive has been hijacked. Days later, a glory-seeking 'Emir' broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a U.S. landmark. And he gives a time line of one month. Now a desperate chase is on, as the men bent on attacking the U.S. use every weapon at their disposal to evade 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 newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to track them. 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, it is up to the TTIC team to stop the massive explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Gauntlet is a scary thriller. A terrorist threat is imminent. The government has been warned but doesn't know how or where.

A bunch of Semtex, plastic explosive, has been purposely blown up in the desert of Libya as Libya is now friendly with the United States. However, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers some of the Semtex was hijacked en route. Is this part of the terrorist threat or will the terrorists release a dirty bomb?

The newly formed anti-terrorist agency, TTIC is charged with finding out what is going to happen. One of the members of the TTIC, Hamilton Turbee is a autistic computer genius who untangles all the webs to try to follow the trail of the Semtex. His boss dislikes his mannerisms and does not allow Turbee to do his job properly. Will anyone listen to Turbee?

The Emir has entrusted his terrorist plot to Yousseff. Yousseff is a self-made arrogant international drug lord without a compassionate bone in his body. His network of thiefs are hand-picked and very good at their jobs. Will their loyalty be tested?

Also involved are two RCMP officers who are trying to find out how drugs are entering and leaving Canada. How is it possible with the border being so tightly patrolled?

From Africa to Pakistan to British Columbia and the United States, this book covers a lot of territory. This book was difficult to follow at first because of the multitude of characters and stories around the main plot. A word of advice: stick with it as the reward is immense. A very thrilling suspense that has the reader on the edge of her seat. I couldn't read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. I hope never to see this scenario in real life.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 07, 2009
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 22, 2009
There are many threads in this thriller about an inclement terrorist attack that eventually find a way to weave themselves together.

There is the government intelligence centre TTIC where Hamilton Turbee works, a computer genius that is autistic. His boss is a jerk who only cares to climb to the top, pushing anything out of his way. When he's put on the case of stolen explosives (Semtex), Turbee does his best to track it down.

There is also Yoseff, an Afghani drug lord who's planning his next way to make millions of dollars. This includes stealing a few tonnes of Semtex plotting a way to destroy something in America. The amount of planning and thought that needs to be put into this is incredible.

Finally, we have Indy and Catherine, two RCMP officers from British Columbia that are chasing pot and heroin that somehow keeps going through the border, down into the USA. They end up way over their heads when they finally find the transfer point and see what exactly is being transferred.

This book carefully plots out each move in an elaborate scheme. You learn about the characters in present and past. However, even when you're 1/2 way through the book, you're learning of how the characters grew up to be like they are. I felt like we should have had enough information at this time to know about the characters, rather than continuing to learn about their past.

Gauntlet ends with quite a page turner, however I was left feeling a little cheated because the book sort of stopped, rather than ended.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, July 05, 2009
This book is back with me

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, September 13, 2009
mailed today to Kiri who won this in a YBS swap

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