Monday, July 27, 2015

"Day of Reckoning" by Stephen England - The Adventures of CIA Operative Harry Nichols Continue

When I had finished reading Stephen England's "Pandora's Grave," I knew I had to read the sequel to find out what adventures Harry Nichols would encounter upon his return from Jerusalem.

Blog Review of "Pandora's Grave"

I was not disappointed.  In "Day of Reckoning," CIA operative Harry Nichols is forced to go rogue in following private instructions after the attempted assassination of the CIA Director.  He is told to save the life of the Director's daughter, Carol Chambers, and to trust no one. As the narrative unfolds, it becomes clear that treachery and betrayal are afoot at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

The action of the book cartwheels among locations in and around D.C., Las Vegas, Appalachia, Guantanamo and Los Angeles.  Nichols and the handful of men and women he can still trust find themselves fighting enemies both foreign and domestic.  As was the case with the first book in this trilogy, the author has done meticulous research into operational procedures within the CIA, FBI and other branches of government.  The story is well written, with compelling characters and non-stop action that kept me turning the pages long after by body told me it was time for sleep.

One of the things I enjoy about the storytelling of Mr. England is that some of the characters he has created have a solid Christian faith that drives their commitment to their patriotic mission.  Unlike much "Christian fiction" that paints everything in stark black and white, this author provides nuance and does not settle for simplistic dilemmas and solutions.

I look forward to reading the third installment in this series - "Embrace The Fire."



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