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The Intercept - Book Review

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Published June 3rd 2013
It looks like Law and Order creator Dick Wolf needs to be questioned by Homeland Security over his latest creation.

That is none other than The Intercept, Wolf's debut novel and a gripping page-turner about a terrorist strike on New York during the dedication of the new Freedom Tower, located at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Most of the story takes place in 2013/14 but about one-third of the book is dedicated as back-story.

The story centres around NYPD Intelligence detective Jeremy Fisk and his involvement in the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. When a plane hijacking is foiled by five passengers and one crew member four days before the dedication of the Freedom Tower on Independence Day, the heroes become instant celebrities and are feted by the American media.

The Six", as these diverse group of individuals have become known, are holed up in a hotel in downtown New York for their own safety and placed under police guard in the run-up to 4 July. To Fisk and his colleagues, something feels wrong about this seemingly open-and-shut case. What then begins is a hunt to locate an unseen enemy before they get a chance to create a major disaster and take innocent lives with them. Unbeknownst to the authorities, the real threat lies from deep within and everyone has actually been baited. Fisk must stop the terrorist from carrying out Al-Qaeda's diabolic plan before it is too late.

Wolf has cleverly melded both crime and spy genres to create this masterful thriller, drawing from the traditions of Stieg Larsson and Mark T. Sullivan. The Intercept is a little slow in the beginning, but the story picks up pace rapidly when the main plot kicks in.

Ironically, Wolf also pays homage to Swedish crime literature while being inspired by it. He also introduces the readers to the deadly explosive Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), known to jihadists as Mother of Satan for its destructive powers. What is worrying about TATP is the ease of obtaining ingredients for its manufacture.

Well-scripted terror plot: The Intercept by Dick Wolf, known for the Law and Order TV series.

In The Intercept, Wolf places the spotlight on radicalised Western Muslims, the type who were responsible for the Boston Marathon attacks. This makes the novel highly relevant in today's highly-terrorised atmosphere, as well as a potential silver-screen blockbuster.

So grab a Not Orange can of V and prepare yourself for a possible all-nighter with this book.
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