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Audio Book Review: Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille

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What would the U.S. Government do if a Muslim terrorist group some how smuggled a couple of suitcase bombs into the United States and managed to detonate them in heavily populated cities? That’s where project Wild Fire comes in.

The central thesis of the novel is that if there is an attack on U.S. soil by Muslim terrorists with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. will respond to pre-selected Middle Eastern cities, hitting them with nuclear warheads.

John Corey of the A.T.T.F (Anti Terrorist Task Force) a post 9-11 government agency, and his wife/boss Kate Mayfield of the F.B.I. are lured into a maze of deception, danger, and corruption of government officials at the highest level. While investigating the disappearance of one of their co-workers while he was on a covert assignment at a right-wing compound, they stumble onto a plot by a private oil baron and top government officials to wipe out Muslim countries via nuclear attack.

Corey and his wife are on the run from their respective agencies so they can dig to the bottom of what’s going on at the Custer Hill Club. When they figure out what the future holds, they are pitted against the clock and nuclear destruction of two major U.S. cities and the Middle East.

Being a kid of the Cold War I found this book to kind of spooky. With the fall of the Soviet Union bringing an end to the Cold War, it also opened the door to a new type of war with an invisible enemy. The idea is plausible that a terrorist group could get hold of a suitcase bomb and smuggle it across our borders. Where would they get it? Information from an interview from Nelson DeMille at the end of the book said that there are around 40 of these bombs missing from the former Soviet inventory. This scares the crap out of me.

Since I’m in outside sales I get to listen to books instead of read them on occasion. This one turned out to be a great one too. It is read by Scott Brick, who brings complex dimensions to Corey’s character. At 18 hours – 46 minutes on 15 compact disks, it is a marathon listen.

Great job DeMille!

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