Friday, June 05, 2015
"Pandora's Grave" by Stephen England - A fast-paced and exhilarating novel about the War on Terror and a plan to use biological warfare to start WW III
In "Pandora's Grave,"author Stephen England has written a very compelling tale of complex geo-political intrigue involving Iran's plan to shock the world with an attack using a weaponized plague bacterium. The story is told in a fast-moving episodic fashion - the action quickly veering from Iran to Kurdistan to Jerusalem to Washington, D.C. to CIA HQ in Langley, Virginia.
Clandestine Services field operator Harry Nichols is at the center of a vortex of crises that involve double agents, triple crosses and governments working at cross purposes with themselves. The current U.S. President is not a fan of the CIA, so he has to swallow hard to approve a risky mission that could save the world from WW III or kill his chances of re-election.
Clearly Mr. England knows his stuff, including in his writing just enough detail about weaponry and military and a paramilitary procedures and communications protocol to add a touch of verisimilitude to the narrative without compromising ongoing initiatives.
I cannot wait to read the next in the series of Harry Nichols novels, "Day of Reckoning."