"...THE STRATEGY in this novel (is) based upon a disturbing blueprint designed to assist in and
encourage the destruction of America. This blueprint, entitled 'Unrestricted Warfare,' is real...Many of the vulnerabilities depicted in this novel continue to exist."
So writes thriller author Brad Thor in introducing his new Pocket Books paperback, "Full Black," which is on newstands even in places like Walmart. (Well, that's where I bought mine for about $8.)
In reality it seems that a lone gunman killed a dozen people and wounded many more. In the book, Islamic terrorists set off a series of murders and bombings in U.S. theaters across the nation. This novel offers a conservative conspiracy view which was meant to launch one terrible scene of chaos and destruction after another, over the nation. (The author offers that Islamic terrorists have stolen a Chinese plan for total warfare and are operating behind the scenes funded by a crazy super wealthy tycoon who eats at places like Le Bernardin in Manhattan. And he has operatives in Great Britain who will do anything for money. Of course, the CIA and FBI and a socialist government aren't doing a thing about this and it's up to Black Op veterans to solve everything.)
There are subplots about a Hollywood producer and attempts at various love affairs, Russian hitmen, the insertion of agents into terrorist groups, and all the rest of it. In spite of its over-written details of torture and listening devices and heroes continuing to fight after overwhelming odds is the unusual stuff of such mystery thrillers. I can't criticize them too much since I'm an addict.
And, still, this book is a nail-biting exciting read. My only justification for spending so much time on it (it's long) is the juxtaposition of current events. I read it at the same time,something somewhat like a tiny part of it, is also happening.
No doubt, for all their kind words, the two presidential candidates won't or can't do anything about the control of guns -- not while the National Rifle Association has such a powerful hold on politicans.
It will be interesting, if not important in the larger sense, to see how the Colorado event colors the fortunes of Warner's latest "Batman." Who can possibly take Batman seriously except as an entertainment? I wish it well. And wish Warner's well. (Maybe when I finally see it, I will like it as much as I enjoyed the recent Spiderman movie.)
Conservatives have a plus in the book "Full Black," with its criminal outside-the-law heroes operating as if the end justifies the means.
Recently, Tippi appeared before Congress, to try to help pass legislation about the breeding and raising of exotic felines for personal possession or financial gain. She must have been pretty impressive. No, she didn't get the legislation passed, but she apparently angered enough breeders and owners to find herself on the scary end of numerous death threats! Her family is terribly concerned, but Miss Hedren says she has no intention of backing down, and will speak out and appear before Congress as often as it takes. If she could get through hours and hours (literally!) of having live, panicked birds thrown at her in "The Birds," she's not gonna let a few nuts who want to walk a leopard down the street on a leash stop her.