Tuesday, August 18, 2009
If you like 24, you’ll like Meltdown by Chuck Holton. Meltdown is the third book in the Task Force Valor series. This is a story of terrorism and the men and women who battle against it. It also is the story of soldier Bobby Sweeney's inner battles against God.
In Meltdown, a pretty CIA agent leads a military unit task force to try to stop a radioactive threat by terrorists in the Ukraine, and the threat could -- and does -- spread to the U.S. Although I thought the terrorism story was intersting, what I really enjoyed was the character relationships, especially Master Seargeant Bobby Sweeney. Sweeney grew up in a ultra conservative, religious right household that turned him off to God and religion entirely. Much to Sweeney's dismay, his brother and some of his military friends have come to know and love a more "grace-filled" God from his fire-and-brimstone childhood. Sweeney's battle against his loved ones' attempts to introduce him to this "kinder, gentler" God is as interesting as the task force's battle against terrorists.
Although I didn't always agree with the political agenda advanced by this author, I did enjoy Meltdown on the whole.
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Below are the links to buy this book and the summary from the publisher:
TASK FORCE VALOR
Explosive Ordnance Disposal — The Bomb Squad
The global war on terror has reached catastrophic proportions, leading the U.S. Special Operations EOD team—Task Force Valor—to Chernobyl, where ghosts of past disasters are nothing compared to the nuclear nightmare about to unfold.
With CIA Agent Mary “Phoenix” Walker heading her first Special Ops mission and Master Sergeant Bobby Sweeney fighting demons on and off the battlefield, Task Force Valor races to stop a terrorist threat in the Ukraine before Europe is turned into a radioactive wasteland.
But when the terror reaches American shores, the team is powerless to help until they can save themselves. And when they finally track down the source of the chaos, what they find is worse than anything they could have imagined.
Chuck Holton has traveled the world, experienced combat, served in the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment, and is the author of six books, including Allah’s Fire, Island Inferno, Bulletproof, Stories From a Soldier’s Heart, and A More Elite Soldier. His journeys have taken him from the depths of the Atlantic, to the mountains of Burma, from the dogsleds of Alaska, to skies of Iraq. Chuck lives in Appalachia with his wife, Connie, and their five children.