Thursday, April 01, 2010

Mystery Book Review: The Fallen by Mark Terry

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A Derek Stillwater Mystery

Oceanview Publishing (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1-933515-75-9 (1933515759)
ISBN-13: 978-1-933515-75-5 (9781933515755)
Publication Date: April 2010
List Price: $25.95

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The Fallen by Mark Terry
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Review: Homeland Security troubleshooter Derek Stillwater faces one of his most daunting tasks yet -- securing the release of twenty of the world's leaders -- in The Fallen, the third mystery in this series by Mark Terry.

An international economic summit is taking place at the picturesque Cheyenne Hills Resort in Colorado Springs. Twenty of the world's leaders have gathered and security is tight. But not tight enough. A terrorist group known as "The Fallen Angels", led by Richard Coffee, has quietly infiltrated the site and brazenly takes the twenty hostage. Derek Stillwater, who had been posing as a maintenance man at the resort as part of the pre-summit security planning, is furious. He knows Coffee from their service days together and knows what he's capable of. There had to have been inside help, but as an insider himself -- both officially and unofficially -- who can he trust?

Coffee's demand is simple. Release twenty prisoners from Guantanamo Bay immediately. For each hour that passes without his demand being met, one leader will be killed. But Stillwater has his own counter-agenda. Intimately familiar with the resort layout, he plans on taking advantage of this knowledge by neutralizing the threat one man at a time -- until there is only one left to face: Coffee himself.

The action in The Fallen starts almost immediately with little letup through to the final pages. Short chapters, relentless pacing, a cat-and-mouse strategy on the part of both Stillwater and Coffee, and a ticking clock keep the suspense level high. Stillwater is an exciting character to follow, methodical and inventive, yet daring and courageous -- but his nemesis is as well. They're a good match. And the situation at the summit, unthinkable years ago, seems far too real of a possibility today.

The Fallen is a dramatic, well-structured thriller that will keep readers enthralled.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of The Fallen and to Oceanview Publishing for providing a copy of the book for this review.

Review Copyright © 2010 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved

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Synopsis (from the publisher): Twenty world leaders meet for the G8 Summit at the beautiful Cheyenne Resort in Colorado Springs. But an ugly plot lurks beneath the surface: a terrorist group, The Fallen Angels, plans to wreak havoc on the Summit.

With the Secret Service, the FBI, Homeland Security, the military, and security from twenty different governments on-hand, shouldn't the resort be the safest place in the world?

It seems impossible that a terrorist group could infiltrate the Summit. And yet they do. Within minutes, twenty world leaders are taken hostage, and Richard Coffee, the group's leader, makes his first demand: release twenty detainees from Guantanamo Bay, or he'll execute one leader each hour until his demands are met.

Only one man can disrupt this plot. Derek Stillwater is that man.

Working undercover as a maintenance man at the resort, Stillwater will wage war on the world's deadliest, most sophisticated terrorist organization, picking off the terrorists one by one-until he comes face-to-face with an evil force from his past, Richard Coffee, The Fallen Angel himself.

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