Reviewed by Rel Mollet
Strike the Dragon
by Charles Dyer & Mark Tobey
"...has all the elements of a great political thriller, including interesting characters and a believable plot line."
A loving mother looks longingly at her little boy in his slumber then steals herself to leave him behind. Loss, grief and bitterness push her towards her goal of destroying some of the enemies of her faith.
An ocean away, an observant college professor, Greg Hanson, stumbles across just the photo he requires for his students, one of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Closer scrutiny of the photo sets of warning bells in his mind, but who should he tell?
Losing her brother in the September 11 attacks spurred Jillian Foster to join the FBI. She finds herself frustrated by her newbie status and the subsequent overload of paperwork rather than field assignments. When her boss appoints her to collate and examine all the security agencies’ terrorist information, Jillian hopes this assignment will be different.
Recruited to serve his country after the murder of his wife, Israeli Moshe Zachar hopes revenge will assuage his pain and protect his people.
Zachar, Foster and Hanson cross paths when whispers of another terrorist attack on US soil become a dull roar. Intelligence gathered from Mossad, the FBI and Greg Hanson's tentative theory all point to a new Middle Eastern threat, able to strike at the heart of America. Together they hope to save America from disaster.
Strike the Dragon has all the elements of a great political thriller, including interesting characters and a believable plot line. Yet it falters when it comes to realistic storytelling. Having stumbled on a sensitive Internet site, Greg Hanson remains the man responsible for monitoring the site and reporting back to the FBI. A highly unlikely situation. Similarly, Julie maintains control of the major investigation of terrorists threatening to destroy America, despite being a junior operative. The romance angle seems an afterthought and is somewhat stilted. Despite this, Dyer and Tobey do an excellent job providing a detailed backdrop to some of the terrorists, establishing them as people with life experiences that made them susceptible to men calculating destruction. If you are willing to suspend disbelief from time to time, Strike the Dragon is an easy read, suitable for men and women.
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".