It was the perfect night, and the perfect setting, for the American Civil Liberties Union’s annual fundraiser in San Francisco. The plan was to raise forty-five million dollars from the dot.com billionaires and celebrities in attendance.
Partygoers were into their third drinks, getting ready to write big checks when the unthinkable happened.
It was described as a sophisticated nuclear weapon; however, for the five hundred who were vaporized into commingling cremains, it was an incinerating blast from hell.
Tom Owens, United States Attorney General, leads the investigation of the explosion. He asks his best friend, Blake Elliott, to conduct a high level, top-down review of the ACLU, its staff, its enemies, threats, domestic terrorist groups, anything to aid the investigation. Helping Blake is a beautiful Asian woman, Samantha Anne Rhodes, an expert in Applied Mathematics (Game Theory).
As soon as Blake becomes involved in the investigation, people close to him are murdered, assaulted or disappear. Assassins try to kill Samantha and Blake on the Caribbean island of Anguilla where they are chasing a promising lead.
Blake’s famous trial lawyer father, Carson Elliott, was killed three years ago, the victim of a random mugging on the streets of Washington, DC. Or was it random?
Blake does not know there is a secret war between the Catholic Church and the ACLU. Which one is to blame? Which one is blameless? Misinformation leads one way; disinformation another. “In God We Trust” hangs in the balance.
The book grabbed me from the beginning and spent the next few hours taking me across the globe, laying out puzzle pieces, and ultimately bringing it all together into focus. The ending was pretty wild, but I liked it wasn’t just one grand reveal at the end – you’re let in on little secrets along the way.
Dolezal gives you the right amount of context, but doesn’t bury you with unnecessary details. He keeps the story moving fast. His characters are interesting, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing many of them in future books.
Dolezal pushes the plot to a speedy march, crammed with plentiful action.
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