What would happen if all the major bridges in the U.S. were bombed, all commerce came to a dead stop, and the nation's natural resources, such as our water supply, were cut off?
The importance of protecting America's critical infrastructure has rarely been depicted so powerfully as in Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman's new fast-paced thriller, "Red Deception," the follow-up to 2019's Red Hotel." And it's a timely read, considering President Biden's current emphasis on improving the nation's infrastructure.
Fuller and Grossman's novel posits a scenario that could potentially destroy much of it.
Blending career insight with first-hand knowledge of global politics, Fuller, a global executive and crisis management expert, and Grossman, a TV producer and author, have once again drawn a chilling portrait of the fragile fault lines in Europe and the players poised to seize power.
A DISTRACTION PLOY
Our hero, former U.S. Army intelligence officer Dan Reilly, predicted terrorist attacks on our infrastructure in a report written for the State Department years earlier. It was supposed to be top secret. And it was - until it was somehow exposed to unsavory characters who put it in the hands of foreign operatives. Now it's the basis of plans for destruction.
When the plans are set into motion, Washington scrambles to address several domestic crises at once, and with attention diverted away from international affairs, Russian President Nicolai Gorshkov takes the opportunity to send troops into Latvia and Ukraine to reclaim some of Russia's former territory.
To end the chaos, Dan Reilly has to maneuver within a vast Russian spy network, and some of those closest to him may actually be working for the Russian president. He's also got reporters on his tail, but he may be the only thing standing between the nation's safety and a determined effort to create an even bigger cataclysm.
ACTION, ESPIONAGE AND GEOPOLITICAL FALLOUT
Packed with action scenes and brimming with spies, sexpionage, counter-spies and unlikely heroes, this riveting geopolitical thriller will have you guessing until the very last page, and you will be continuously surprised by every turn of events.
And as for the viability of such events? Edward Bradstreet, a Special Agent with the Department of Homeland Security, calls the novel a "worst-case scenario" that "provides an in-depth and realistic ground-level view of the type of asymmetric Nation-state-sponsored threats faced by the agencies tasked with protecting the United States both domestically and abroad." If that doesn't give you cause for alarm, we're not sure what will.
Says USA Today bestselling author Jon Land of "Red Deception," "It's everything a great thriller is supposed to be. A relentlessly riveting tale that hones in on our greatest fears and takes us right to the brink in breathless fashion."
Barry Kilbrick, host of PBS series Between the Lines, calls it "so prescient, filled with deep insights into the real worlds of espionage and politics, while giving us a window that sheds light onto the darkest aspects of political intrigue and human nature."
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