submitted by Uncle Will on August 13, 2013, 10:29 am
What if 12 terrorists, armed to the hilt, commandeer the world's most popular shopping mall, with the intent to just kill and maim? Such is the plot of Hunter's new novel.
Minnesota's Mall of America is the target; and the thousands of hostages one hope is inactive, veteran Marine sniper, Ray Cruz, who unfortunately is in the wrong place and the right time. To make things worse, the entire rescue operation is commanded by a political power-monger whose only concern is his public image and personal political growth.
Stephen Hunter was the Washington Post film critic before he retired. His series of "sniper" novels have been extremely popular and one was adapted to film starring Mark Wahlberg. This book is concise and compelling.
The scenario is not that farfetched. The United States has always supported a "no negotiation policy" regarding hostage situations. Terrorism has taken place within our shores. The FBI has not had great success when breeching heavily guarded compounds. Politicians do not always have their constituent’s best interests in mind when making decisions.
All of these facts come rushing to the inevitable conclusion: innocent lives will once again be sacrificed, but at what price glory?