Book Review: Kiloton Threat

20 Sep

Taken from what could be tomorrow’s headlines, Kiloton Threat is a novel that explores the frightening potential of nuclear weapons in the Middle East today. Out of the house churches of rural Iran, a Christian masquerading as a Muslim gains the confidence of a high-ranking leader in the Iranian nuclear program and opens his eyes to Christianity. The man’s newfound faith stirs his desire to flee to the West, taking with him intelligence that would allow Coalition forces to neutralize his nation’s devastating capabilities. But no one in such a position could ever escape unnoticed.

Enter Blake Kershaw, a highly trained U.S. Special Forces officer who has already made extraordinary sacrifices for his country that include faking death and losing his true identity. His mission to infiltrate Iran and extract the high-value defector strains the relationship with the woman he loves— one of the few people on earth who knows his real story. With even more intensity, it shows the price that must sometimes be paid when political correctness fails and a man has to stand up for what is right.

 

 

LTG (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin, author of Danger Close, spent thirty-six years in the United States Army, some of them as an original member of Delta Force, the worldÕs premier Special Operations unit. His life reads like an action-adventure film; Boykin helped capture Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, hunted notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, served in Vietnam, Iran, Mogadishu, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and worked with the CIA.

Tom Morrisey, coauthor of Danger Close, is an internationally known adventure-travel writer and all-around wordsmith. A rock climbing and backcountry ski instructor, certified cave diver, and NRA handgun competitor, he is also editor-at-large for Sport Divermagazine and author of the award-nominated novelsYucatan Deep and In High Places.

My Impressions: 

Kiloton Threat, the newest book by William Boykin and Tom Morrissey, is a fast paced suspense novel with the very real and frightening premise of a nuclear capable Iran.  The twist is the conversion of a key nuclear scientist to Christianity and his conviction that he must do what is necessary to stop the race to launch.

Blake Kershaw is a former Special Forces officer who is dead to all his family and friends, but very much alive in his role as a deep cover operative in the CIA.  He is given the mission to extract the nuclear scientist from Iran in order to stop Iran from firing on Israel.  Blake is a dedicated and patriotic character who sees the sacrifice he is called to make as necessary for the welfare of not only the U.S. but the world.  Willing sacrifice is the overall theme of this novel.  From loyal servants to assistant secretaries to top army officers in both America and Iran, sacrifice is shown to be not only the noble thing to do, but the only thing.

I am not really familiar with anything military, but the descriptions of procedures and equipment by the authors seem to be authentic.  That, along with breath-holding suspense, should appeal to those who like military fiction.  But don’t worry if you are like me, the details are not overwhelming to the story or too difficult to picture.  And it is refreshing to see American military forces and the CIA as the good guys!  Overall, I really liked Kiloton Threat and look forward to more stories featuring Blake Kershaw and his entourage of dedicated patriots.

Recommended.

(I received Kiloton Threat from Beverly Rykerd Public Relations in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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