ISBN: 0515136573
NLB Call No.: HAR – [TH] (Classifed as “Thriller”)

The plot: It’s September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda launches its surprise attacks on US home grounds. Soon after, the US military approves a bold plan — the brainchild of Major Spangler (a has-been career officer given a second chance) — to launch counter strikes against Al-Qaeda. Delta Force officer Conner Tyler is put in training and shortlisting Delta Force soldiers. A substantial part of the novel deals with the training the volunteers go though, and how it forces them to change the way they’ve originally been trained, i.e. essentially they have to unlearn the rules of war and become terrorists themselves. Conner himself goes through some personal crisis. In the end, a mission goes underway to destroy the base of Osama Bin Laden himself.

It’s not quite Tom Clancy, that is, its not as full of the Military-techno stuff, or describes in minute details the technological marvels and specs of military hardware and tactics. On the bright side, the hardware and military tactics don’t overshadow the plot.

But on the downside, somehow along the way there are lapses in the plot that falls short of believable. Like the ultra-secret group of high-powered X-group that approves secret military projects; a Delta Force officer who gets his brains bashed and arms broken, and then he volunteers for a secret mission to assassinate Osama Bin Laden; Conner Tyler the Delta Force officer whom women just find him irresistible.

Still, I finished the book in two days.

It’s not that bad, but it’s not the best I’ve read. On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being Best), I’d rate this 6. If I was in a bad mood, I might give this a 5 only. Maybe the only reason I finished this was to find out how the story really ended, so that I get some closure of sorts. Heh.