The Intercept by Dick Wolf
(Jeremy Fisk #1)
December 26, 2012 – Willian Morrow (HarperCollins )
387 pages – Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Terrorism
Source: HarperCollins for review
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic New York Police detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer: that this is just the work of another lone terrorist.
Fisk—from the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded anti-terror unit modeled upon the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.
Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weakness and anticipate Fisk’s every move. And time is running out
First I have to say thanks to HarperCollins for sending this along with the second book. Then, I want to say it was quite refreshing to pick up a book and immediately get pulled into the story. In case you don’t know or haven’t put it together, Dick Wolf is the creator of Law & Order. ( I didn’t.)
I really like Fisk and Gersten, mainly because they were competent at their job and as a couple. The action of the story pulls you in immediately. It’s a race to uncover who the threat is and what the plan is. As a reader, you’re only given enough to know that something is wrong. Soon, I found myself thinking like Fisk- “there’s something else going on”.
Terrorists are only scary when people fear them. But, they’re willing to do anything, including suicide. I truly hope that the real terrorists in the world are not as clever as the terrorists in this book. I am not surprised that the face of terrorism is changing. No one should be.
I loved the character development in the story. I grew to get to know them all well, it was almost as if I had met them. The action zigged when you thought it was going to zag, always keeping you on your toes. There are casualties that I didn’t want to happen. But there is also the rise of the human spirit, confirming that each of us plays a vital role in overcoming fear.
5 stars *****