Retribution: Anderson Harp
One man’s family is obliterated on a flight that would take more than just their lives. Terrorists often feel that they win when they blow up a plane. All too often the other side looks to retaliate and the war is waged and the final body count rises. A lone pilot flying over the Atlantic loses control of the plane and dies for her cause. A huge white ship came out of nowhere. The “rust of the ship and its dark ore cargo had been camouflaged by snow and ice, making the vessel nearly invisible.” The lone pilot prayed to Allah but in the end her words be heard.
United States Embassy, Doha, Qatar, where Maggie O’Donald has just received an email from Riyadh. Tired and weary she and her partner Pat Stuart would face something they never expected. Information in e-mails coming through that were being sent she thought to present her with information for some reason but what? Something odd struck her and then her whole world would change as she removed her Glock from her draw and along with Pat remained at the window where she saw a lone figure and then everything turned black.
Colonel William Parker is a dangerous man. His family killed in Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland. A bomb tore through it and everyone was killed. William Parker would seek justice for his parents but someone else would change the tide first. A simple phone call would bring him out of retirement and back into the fold of the CIA as Agent James Ford Scott enlists his help. Parker’s team, the ANGLICO team had been awarded two bronze stars and a purples heart for service in Iraq. This next mission would change not only his perspective but the end result could bring death and devastation.
One bomb that would change it all the composition is Semtex according to Scott. As the victims are counted one in particular is of interest because somewhere in the recesses of Maggie’s mind is the name of a person who was her contact and whom she cannot remember. Questioned and asked many times Maggie’s mind is devoid of her recent memories and the Brain Traumatic Injury just might be permanent.
A successful mission in Korea and millions of dollars paid to Parker, Scott was going to enlist his aid and the budget and resources were unlimited. Wanting to know why the target was, who was involved and why would they want a retired operative to come out of retirement were the questions of the day. Except: the important one is WHY! Maggie O’Donald is more than just a friend and the link to an operation called Intekam was the clincher. One Saudi named Yousef al-Qadi was his target. His purpose a Jihad that would take millions of lives if not stopped.
What is planned will make you shudder and the end result could not only kill those involved in the mission along with the target but if not handled the right way many innocent victims too. As the plot unfolds and we learn more about the mission Scott reveals information about a reporter named Sadik Zabara. A powerful journalist who was offered a position with Al-Quds who now has a meeting with Yousef. As the plan unfolds we learn more about each player and Parker begins to formulate his plan and his team. Take a black cargo hole of Pakistani airline freighter and place something within a weaving machine. But, there is something else within this object that if not controlled will take out an American city and much more. Learning more about the Muslim’s we find out that Yousef’s niece was killed in a retaliation bombing sending him on his path of revenge. What could the Center for Disease Control do in order to stop this man? What was Parker’s plan? Retribution: punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved. But, just how far will Parker and the CIA go to get this? Intekam: “Farsi for an equal and just revenge.” Iran Air Flight 655 went down killing 290 innocent victims one of whom was Yousef-al-Qadi’s niece.
There is much more as the author relates information of previous mission referred to as Lockerbie and names those involved and where the Semtex came from and who the person’s relation to Yousef. Hear his voice and know that he will stop at nothing to create this jihad, killing Americans and sacrificing his own.
When this reporter was taken and placed in a safe place, his wife and young infant niece stowed away with Parker the dye is set and Parker is going to become Zabara and the rest remains to be unfolded as we learn his plan. Wanting the best infectious disease doctor was the start as the author takes readers inside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and we learn about a deadly virus and its implications called: Neisseria Meningitidis. The research into this disease was extensive and the deadly virus would infect victims causing either brain damage that was permanent or those that were lucky not to succumb to this might lose limbs. Some, if lucky might become deaf but most would need treatment that would be so aggressive from powerful drugs that would have to be on hand and readily available. To learn more about this virus, what it does and how it is spread you need to read Chapter 12 to understand the seriousness of what Parker has planned if this virus is unleashed.
The author reminds us now of Maggie O’Donald as we enter her hospital room, hear the many questions she is asked and learn more about the injuries to her mind. Yousef-al-Qadi was responsible for the death of Parker’s parents and would kill many more if Parker does not stop him first. His cover in place, the phones needed and two articles planted as if written by Zabara, Parker is about to go into deep cover with no backup, endless resources and hopefully a team that would come through.
But, the reader begins to wonder who can be trusted even within his own organization as we learn more about James Ford Scott a CIA agent who has enlisted Parker’s talents to foil the operation that Yousef has already set into motion. Contacting Clark Ashby a court reporter and someone close to Parker was his lead to getting his attention and the message he sent even more. But, just what are his real motives and will he really protect him? Questions asked and some answers not given as Parker hesitates before agreeing. A jihad that would make all others look like a sunny day in May and an end result that would kill millions. We continue as we learn more about Sadik Zabara as Parker assumed his identity, is writing for the Al-Quds newpaper and hopefully will get that face to face with Yousef.
Meet his team: Kevin Moncrief, Enrico Hernandez and Army Captain Mark Furlong as they discuss the mission. But, no one realizes that their movements are being tracked and someone is following them. A terrorist who has stolen an Islamabad nuclear weapon but Parker has to come up with a way to stop him and using a highly dangerous and contagious strain of a communicable disease is his method of choice. Ripped right out the headlines you might say when we had that Anthrax scare, Retribution is a sober reminder that we need to stay alert and even more vigilant.
Within the novel there is much violence and other forms of retribution as our main antagonist takes readers to the House of Saud and has the Prince kidnapped, tortured and buried alive to prove to his father what happens when he is crossed. CIA Deputy Director Robert Tranthan wants answers from Maggie and although warned not to push her too far he disregards the nurses orders and proceeds. Information lodged within the deep recesses of her brain would help them when dealing with the House of Saud and the upcoming elections. But, the Secretary, as he is referred to is smart, has his own network called the Black Swans as the author reminds us of the lone pilot at the start of the novel and her fate is about to be sealed.
One Chechen named Umarov, Yousef and the secretary, so powerful and so diabolical their actions will make you cringe. But, all the questioning in the world by Tranthan cannot restore her memory as yet and the information she had imparted to a nurse when she was lucid was passed off as ramblings.
The plan is carefully outlined by the author as we learn just what Yousef has planned in order to create what he envisions is as new Muslim state. Entering the hospital room of the King of the House of Saudi, we hear the voice of the secretary. One side he shows allegiance to the King and on the other to Yousef. Torn between both which way will he go as readers learn that someone hiding in plain sight is more than just a traitor and lives that are supposed to prevent what this man has planned are in danger by someone they are supposed to trust. A death within the hospital is about to be hidden and the safety of many in more than just danger as Yousef plans to take down the communication system and computers in the US and Canada hoping that no one will notice where the real bomb is going to explode and what now that he stole the two nuclear cores will be in it as one young girl with a limb comes flies her last flight.
Parker’s life is in danger if his team fails. The team’s rules apply, Parker’s friend Gunny on board, no special treatment given just what the end result will be remains to be seen as the author although shares what happens to Zabara’s family, the bomb that took out so many and those behind it.
Terrorist attacks are the norm not the unusual and the intricate planning and the nature of how these terrorists are able to inflict the devastation on so many innocent people is blood curdling to say the least. Two nuclear cores that if released would wipe out Chicago in a heartbeat. A plan so diabolical and one man who would risk it all to save so many. With the plan in place and meeting with Yousef what Parker does will stupefy readers as he takes on piece of gum, chews it and infects himself with a deadly virus that takes immediate hold of him. But, just what he does to Yousef and those with him will allow readers to know to what lengths he would go to in order to save lives. With his team in place, the virus overtaking him and his life in danger will he manage to escape? An ending so riveting and a story so terrifying you won’t be able to put it down until you learn the final fate of each member of the team and whether what Yousef has planned is stopped. Anderson Harp gives new meaning to the word: Retribution: Which side gets theirs? Read it to find out!