Since 9/11, authors have tried their hand at creating scenarios to
rival that of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Upon completion of AFTER
THE RAIN, I fervently hope that no would-be enemies of the United
States are fans of Chuck Logan's writing. In this book, he proposes
a chilling and all-too-simple plan, a plan that could result in
cataclysmic devastation. And that might be vastly understating the
A handful of Delta Force types uncovers a weak link in Rashid, a
jittery connection in a plot to wreak havoc in America's midlands.
What the informant tells Nina, Hollywood and Janey frightens them
so much that they decide to act immediately, without waiting for
sanction from their superiors. Trusting the government to get it
right this time doesn't sound like a good idea, particularly
considering that it might take days to mobilize an effective
operational response. And that could very well mean the difference
between life and death for hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
Unfortunately, without a well-thought-out plan, they find
themselves hanging out there with little backup and some bad
Sound familiar? Well, at least this trio does not give up. They
stubbornly pursue even the tiniest leads until they discover where
they went wrong the first go-round. They realize that they face
formidable --- and frighteningly insane --- opposition.
Meanwhile, Nina, a spirited woman with few soft spots --- and the
most dogged of the fearless team --- has domestic trouble brewing.
Her husband, equipped with a police/military background of his own,
breezes into the little town of Langdon, North Dakota in pursuit of
Nina --- and their daughter --- angry and hurt. While she purposely
lured him into this as part of their group strategy, she doesn't
like it one bit. And she's more than a little annoyed by the
ill-timed distraction. It sets her mind working overtime to figure
out what her heart wants, and she finds herself exhausted and
confused by these personal crises.
But she is unable to step back and deal with her problems. After
all, the welfare of fellow Americans is at stake. And as the
magnitude of the intended horror dawns on all of them, Nina and her
cohorts understand that, whatever the individual risk, these
terrorists must be stopped.
AFTER THE RAIN has good action, outstanding characters and a fine
plot, if a little improbable --- but, then, so was the idea of two
planes crashing into the Twin Towers that fateful morning of
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on December 22, 2010