The Raid: A Novel of Nuclear Terrorism
by Irv Eachus
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Renaissance eBooks Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781615082964
Date: 09 September 2010 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Raid: A Novel of Nuclear Terrorism by Irv Eachus is a great terrorism story with some very crafty terrorists. The USS Bremerton, a fictional US Navy cruiser, is in port at Long Beach, California Naval Base in the 1980s. The terrorist group wants to take over control of the ship's reactor, explode it, and launch a radiological mess into nearby Los Angeles. The terrorists are smart enough to take out a transformer that provides power to the base, moving all ships from the pier except the USS Bremerton since she has her reactor online and can generate her own power. They have several accomplices in the ship's crew which enable them to gain access. It's fun and suspenseful.
The plot has some dark and mysterious characters, including a woman terrorist that is smart as can be, but also realizes that she can use sex to persuade people to follow her cause. A few of the other terrorists are idiots, and hence easily persuaded, but that is part of the traditional terrorist story.
The Long Beach Naval Base Facilities Officer senses something is wrong when the transformer is disabled. He realizes, based on the type of failure that it must have been deliberate and he seeks to find out why. That is part of the chase story. Suspense is amazing as the terrorists try to work their way on board the USS Bremerton while the Naval Base police are trying to sense their next movements and stop them.
My favorite part of the story is the glimpse into the Navy in the 1980s. I am a Cold War Veteran and served aboard ship during that time. I felt like I was standing there when the characters were having conversations. The author hits the vernacular right on! It is great. The average reader will still enjoy the conversations, but it was a special treat for me. The US Navy no longer has any nuclear cruisers in service (but still has nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers), and the Long Beach Naval Base is also closed, so a bit of nostalgia is present too.
The Raid: A Novel of Nuclear Terrorism is a re-release of a novel written in the 1980s. The story is timeless, and for a fan of nuclear thrillers, it is a great read.