High above the mountains of the North West Frontier, a Global Predator circles waiting to unleash its Hellfire missiles. The trail of Osama Bin Laden’s deputy, the elusive Egyptian terror master, Ayman al-Zawahiri has gone cold until a chance recording identified by a translator at the National Security Agency offers new clues. A special intelligence team assembles and plots to catch at him at a meeting with other high ranking al Qaeda leaders. In Pakistan’s beautiful Swat Valley, the local Taliban have been stepping up their attacks on anyone educating girls. English aid worker Sally is taken hostage while visiting one of her schools. When Wilkins, escaping his reckless trading mistakes at his London bank, is forced to rescue her, he finds himself trapped in a world of blind fear and terror. Only one person can now make sense of what is happening and stop a massacre of innocent schoolgirls.
Global Predator is a fast paced, detailed political thriller, exploring contemporary terrorism in a remote, hard to reach region of Pakistan. Interwoven with themes currently popular in the media; the inequality girls’ face to receive even basic education; the vulnerability of aid workers, the lack of regulation in investment banking and the use of drones to launch missile attacks on suspected terrorists.
It doesn’t contain overly graphic violent scenes, which is unusual in a thriller of this type, but the story is still vivid and keeps you guessing. The multi points of view used to tell the story are well written and keep the pacing tight, removing the need for unnecessary narrative. The characters appear stereotypical at times, especially the terrorists. Even so, the story is easy to read and suspenseful enough to keep you turning the pages.
I received a copy of this book from Author Buzz Legend Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars