Blink of an Eye

William S. Cohen, Author
William S. Cohen. Forge, $24.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7653-2764-2
Reviewed on: 09/05/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
Hardcover - 651 pages - 978-1-4104-4540-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 435 pages - 978-0-7653-6608-5
Ebook - 400 pages - 978-1-4299-8617-5
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Former defense secretary Cohen (Dragon Fire) brings his insider experience to this exciting, acronym-filled thriller about a nuclear attack on Savannah, Ga. National security adviser Sean Falcone must get to the bottom of this horrific act, apparently perpetrated by Iranian-backed terrorists. Complicating the picture is the upcoming presidential election whose candidates are moderate incumbent Blake Oxley, who’s perceived as soft on terrorism, and Texas senator Mark Stanfield. Stanfield’s running mate, Rep. Gregory Nolan, has murky ties to a fundamentalist sect—and to Gen. George William Parker, who leads the charge against the president for not authorizing an all-out attack on Iran. Needless to say, not all things are as they appear. Even though Savannah is a major port supplier to Afghanistan, why, of all cities, was it a target? While Cohen knows his way around D.C., he’s less surefooted in painting an on-the-ground picture or rendering a larger-world sense of pandemonium. Some readers may wonder, for example, what impact the Savannah attack had on the stock market. (Nov.)
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