Sunday, December 13, 2009

Foolproof- Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, Mark Richard Zubro

Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, Mark Richard Zubro
Forge, Dec 22 2009, $24.99
ISBN: 9780765322661

During the 9/11 assaults on the Twin Towers, Brenda Grant and Daniel Henderson, who worked in the World Trade Center, were in the Brew-Ha-Ha coffee shop. Their contemporaries at a software firm including Brenda’s fiancé Jeremy die in the terrorist attack.

As the 2008 presidential election winds down, in Manhattan someone pushes thirtyish computer engineer Sarah Swettenham into traffic. Swettenham was to meet with Grant who along with Henderson opened up AllTech, a software security firm. When Grant learns Swettenham’s computers are missing, she concludes an assailant deliberately killed her and stole her computers. National Security Agency’s Allen Cooper already hired them to look into polling machine fraud; now their two inquiries converge in Cairo and DC.

This is an exciting over the top of the Washington Monument, the Pyramids and football nation as the conspiracy tied to elections never quite gets grounded. Still this is a fun tale that uses real American election dirty tactics and fraud (thankfully ignoring the phony issue of an individual at the poll voting as someone else) committed by both parties as the base for an enjoyable steal the presidential election conspiracy thriller.

Harriet Klausner