Thursday, June 3, 2010

Intelligence-Susan Hasler

Susan Hasler
Dunne, Jun 22 2010, $24.99
ISBN: 9780312576035

All that matters in the global war on terrorism is for the Administration to win the upcoming election. With that in mind the politicians only are concerned with victories that they can trumpet through the media to the frightened masses who devour the keeping your loved ones safe pabulum. In other words 9/11 is a political tool to get reelected or diaper your butt.

Counterterrorism expert Madeline James and her motley crew believe a 9/11 like attack is coming. As they struggle to prove their assertion by mining through warehouses of slag, the agency’s brass rejects the notion; scorning the “alchemists” trying to make gold from lead. Instead her leaders demand Maddie and her cell turn to what is important, which is to make the cherry picking case for war with Iran as directed by the Administration whose political wing believes a war president denotes reelection.

This intelligent one sitting thriller may be the espionage tale of the year as Susan Hasler uses recent history to paint a picture of political opportunism superseding honest assessments (think of Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz dunking of Shinseki). All the president’s men and women must only support his reelection. With a strong underlying warning to watch out for the politicos in charge willingly sacrificing those brave individuals who actually try to place the safety of Americans above the media-political-business complex. This environment is what the heroine and her alchemists face as they try to separate the chafe by connecting the dots of too much intel.

Harriet Klausner

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