Time of Attack
Not all threats to our great nation will come overtly head-on like those that occurred on 9/11. As the United States and their allies have installed preventive and counter measures to thwart terrorist acts, the enemies to freedom keep coming up with new tactics to bring us down.
In author Marc Cameron's latest novel, TIME OF ATTACK, the threat is a viral one --- not a computer virus but rather a traditional strain that is easily passed on from host to host. This super-bug is created in an internment camp in North Korea and tested on prisoners there. The villains behind this deadly strain are a combined group of Korean and Muslim extremist forces. The most frightening thing is that these groups have help from within U.S. borders, making this attack hard to defend.
"With the recent losses of [Tom] Clancy and Vince Flynn, there is a gaping hole in the American political thriller genre. I'm sure Cameron will continue to do his part to fill some of that void."
The strain is given to U.S. troops returning from service in Afghanistan. Unbeknownst to them, these brave patriots are now ticking time bombs ready to explode by passing the super-bug around the population. When the breakout of mysterious boils begins, the CDC does not know what to make of it. Once they recognize its potential, it may be too late already.
Enter Special Agent Jericho Quinn. For whatever reason, Quinn is not universally loved or respected by his own government --- unlike, say, Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy’s series. This notwithstanding, Quinn may be the only hope for the U.S. against this clandestine attack.
As the strain spreads and a nationwide quarantine is enacted, Quinn is seeking out the culprits behind it all. The answer may lie in a sniper attack that victimizes Quinn's ex-wife. The shooter was a deadly Asian female assassin. Making matters worse, she may be the daughter of a masseuse with whom Quinn is acquainted.
What takes place next is a race against time that has Quinn and a small group of colleagues traversing the globe as well as the U.S. to take down the villains and find the antidote before millions of innocent lives are claimed. To accomplish this will require Quinn to pull out all stops and play well beyond the standard rules of engagement.
TIME OF ATTACK is a bargain as a paperback original, and Cameron has received some nice praise from other authors and readers alike. With the recent losses of the aforementioned Clancy and Vince Flynn, there is a gaping hole in the American political thriller genre. I'm sure Cameron will continue to do his part to fill some of that void.
Reviewed by Ray Palen on February 21, 2014