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Foolproof by Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, & Mark Richard Zubro
Cover Artist: Getty Images
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Forge Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322661
Date: 22 December 2009 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Brenda Grant and Daniel Henderson worked together at CGI's corporate security offices in the World Trade Center; they barely escaped dying in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Using the money they inherited, they have built DB Security. Companies hire them to ensure their internet systems are foolproof, i.e., no one can hack into them. Secretly, they monitor cyberspace and alert authorities of potential terrorist activity.

Allen Cooper of the National Security Analysis Agency (NSAA) hires DB Security to determine if a vote tallying program is foolproof. The creator of the program, Sarah Swettenham, a computer engineer, is thrown beneath a bus. Bombs begin exploding at DB Security offices located throughout the world. Brenda and Daniel's lives are jeopardized upon learning a terrorist organization wishes to sabotage America's upcoming presidential election. Who is the evil man who controls this organization and what does he hope to gain?

Foolproof is a provocative political thriller that is seamlessly written by three bestselling mystery authors, Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, and Mark Zubro. The plot moves quickly and fluidly with a single writing style. One author's contribution was indistinguishable from another. They labored together with one mindset and that was to terrorize the reader with the possibility that voting polls are not foolproof. Our elections can be rigged!

The novel's main characters, Brenda Grant and Daniel Henderson, are well developed and likeable. Both are very strong, mentally and physically. They have extensive training to detect terrorist activity via the internet and to physically defend themselves against terrorists who target them. For example, Daniel must wear many disguises and engage in hand-to-hand combat as he literally fights his way from Cairo to Istanbul. He is homosexual but his actions are anything but effeminate; he compares himself to James Bond but I thought of him more as a computer toting Rambo. He is forced to kill many terrorists.

Brenda provides most of the romance in Foolproof. She lost her fiancÚ when the World Trade Center collapsed. Ever since then, she's been afraid to commit herself. Now, she has met the handsome, debonair Allen Cooper who has given her company millions of dollars worth of business. Afraid of falling in love with him, she must investigate whether he is "foolproof". Could the modern day Romeo be too good to be true?

This political thriller kept me up late at night. Each chapter was a countdown to the election. I was eager to learn who would become the next president of the United States. While reading the last few chapters, I felt the tension and stress of watching the returns of an actual election. The outcome was rather shocking. Millions of viewers witnessed a debacle that would guarantee this election became the most infamous in our country's history.

Foolproof is excellent literature and highly recommended. Chiefly a political thriller, it has strong elements of action adventure, mystery and romance. However, die hard Republicans should be warned that their party is not favorably portrayed. Furthermore, homophobics will not appreciate that a major character is a gay man who is portrayed as successful, courageous and monogamous. After my careful review and analysis of Foolproof, I find it quite foolproof.

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