Author – Richard Lowry
Genre – Military, Action/ Adventure
336 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 12/18/16
There are many characters in Code Name Scarlet. Military units from the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy are in locations from the US to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Add in CIA personnel, government employees, politicians and foreign officials and the cast is humongous. Some of the character's names are similar and makes it difficult to keep track of groups, ranks, and locations.
The plot begins with the attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001 and ends October 2007. A plan is hatched to find and eliminate Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al Zawahiri, and if possible Mohammed Omar.
The story is very detailed and full of action and foreign intrigue. As the story progresses the reader is drawn to the characters as individual details develop. Personalities and romances evolve giving the characters warmth and feelings. When a favorite character dies it's as if a real friend had passed on.
Half way through the plot changes. Add in two nuclear weapons given to radical terrorist to involve the US in a world war after a major US port is destroyed. The story becomes intense as the intelligence officers gather information to learn the locations of the bombs and the ultimate targets. With that information the field operations forces take over and confront the terrorist.
The editing and sentence structure are good with few errors.
Main characters are well developed to the point of becoming the reader's friends.
Details are well described and research is apparent as the story unfolds and builds.
The plot is complex and transitions through many scene and location changes.
A few plot details stretched the limits of plausibility but were easy to pass over and accept.
This war story was thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to more works by this author.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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