Book Review: Gauntlet by Richard Aaron
Posted June 19, 2009on:
Publisher: Glass House Press
Released March 2, 2009
From Richard’s website:
Six hundred sixty tons of Semtex is detonated in a massive explosion in Libya – the last of a deadly stockpile. The operation seems to have gone smoothly, but within minutes of the explosion, CIA agent Richard Lawrence discovers that one shipment of the explosive was hijacked en route to the destruction point. Days later, a glory-seeking “Emir” broadcasts to the world that he is planning a massive terrorist strike against a major U.S. landmark. And he gives a timeline of one month.
Now a desperate chase covers four continents, as the men bent on attacking the United States use every weapon at their disposal to evade the 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 secretive and newly created TTIC agency, discovers a way to follow their tracks. 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, and an attack becomes imminent, it is up to the TTIC team, still without a true leader, to stop the massion explosion that could destroy the lives of millions.
As the world watches in horror, the President asks TTIC two questions…
Where will the attack be?
And can it be stopped…
Gauntlet is all about international intrigue. The reader follows the lives of several different characters throughout the book. We follow Richard, a CIA field agent; Zak, Richard’s friend who is working undercover with the enemy; Indy, a Canadian who is oblivious to the SEMTEX issue while trying to keep drugs out of his country; Leon, the drug smuggler alluding Indy; Turbee, an autistic genius who works for TTIC (TTIC is the intelligence group that tries to thwart terrorist activities); and Yousseff, the villain of Gauntlet.
All of Aaron’s characters are in-depth, which is pretty awesome because there are so many of them to follow. The character I was most intrigued with was Yousseff. He’s so much more than the bad guy. Yes, he may be ruthless, but he makes sure his employees and their families are well taken care of. With so many characters and details to write about, this book still amazingly has a good flow, without everything becoming too confusing or hard to follow.
Can’t wait for any upcoming works by Aaron!
All in all, a great read of 2009.
Buy it here: Gauntlet: A Novel of International Intrigue