by A.J. Tata
Review by Steve Sawicki
Variance Publishing Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781935142096
Date: 26 October 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Rogue Threat plays off of the fears that have arisen since 9/11 and pushes the envelope just a bit into the near future to make the threat even more menacing and less detectable. A fleet of unmanned drones disappears and the Vice President contacts Matt Garrett to go find them. As Garrett begins to dig and begins to uncover who might be behind the situation the jet he is traveling on is commandeered.
Soon after an Iraqi General with ties to Garrett's brother appears and informs Garrett that the foremost expert on nanotechnology has been kidnapped by the terrorists. He is being forced to modify the predator drones so that they can locate, track and swarm targets at will.
At the same time America is under terrorist attack as sleeper cells awaken and begin to implement their destructive plan. As Garrett works on getting to the bottom, the trail begins to lead back to America and to people that are less connected to terrorism than they are to their own political gain.
Tata has put together a thriller for the modern age where technology is just complicated enough so that it can be used against us almost as often as it can be used for us. Think of email and spam. The same holds true for many of our weapons which are fired and forgotten until they take out the target. Fine if we are the ones selecting the targets and not so fine if we, ourselves, are the targets. Tata has pushed the envelope just a tiny bit into the future so that the threats are just as real but a bit more effective. Could we lose a bunch of predator drones? Just ask the Russians who had a number of nuclear missiles go missing in the early nineties. Could terrorists be behind such a theft? It would be wrong to think of the terrorists as primitives capable only of the crudest gestures.
Rogue Threat is very well written and well paced. Tata knows his stuff and he weaves the known into the unknown in such a way as to make both unrecognizable from the reader's perspective. This lends credibility to the warnings inherent in the writing and to the need for action on the part of the characters. This book is a page turner from beginning to end with no few twists in between. You might see the ending coming but not enough to fully deaden the surprise. Definitely a book worth reading and definitely recommended.