On what should be the happiest day of her life, Major Brooke Grant’s world is shattered when a terrorist sets off a car bomb just seconds before she walks down the aisle. Seems that Brooke has ticked off the terrorist leader, the Falcon, who has declared a jihad on Brooke for events in a previous installment of this series. And while a fluke saves Brooke from destruction, the Falcon’s bomb is able to wipe out her friends, family and the president of the United States all in one fell swoop.
The Falcon then decides to make sure the United States knows what it’s like to feel terror and uses a high-profile Arab reporter to issue a threat to wipe out three U.S. cities with nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, several U.S. citizens are seized for possible connections to the plot, putting an Islamic Congressman in a precarious position and the newly installed U.S. president wanting to make sure that the U.S. hits back and hits back hard.
Grieving and trying to piece back together not only her life, but the life of her step-daughter, Brooke is offered the chance to join the team that will hunt down and take out the Falcon. But are there forces lurking that will prevent her and the team from accomplishing that goal?
Written like an old-school Tom Clancy novel, Vengeance starts off with a bang and rarely lets up the page-turning intensity. Newt Gingrich and Pete Early juggle multiple plot threads and characters without creating confusion on which character we’re following in each chapter. They also get a lot of drama and suspense in situations that require it, making the pages turn quickly.
Going into Vengeance, I was unaware that it was the third novel to focus on Brooke Grant. And while I probably missed some of the nuances, Gingrich and Early do a nice job of bringing new readers up to speed on what’s unfolded until now.
The novel features some great action, some great moments of espionage and a race against time towards the end as multiple nuclear weapons could be headed to multiple United States cities. The pace rarely falters and while most of the story is wrapped up by the final page, there is still a cliffhanger to make you want to spend a couple of hundred more pages with Major Grant.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received an ARC of this book as part of the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.