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The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.
San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.
But Madriani has been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as "the Mexicutioner"—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying star-crossed vendetta, and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that the Old Weatherman and this madman have joined forces and intend to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is "the rule of nine."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003M69KZK
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (May 14, 2010)
- Publication date : May 14, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 653 KB
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 404 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #198,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I used to love his courtroom novels. This...there was a decent plot, but I found myself checking if there was a co-author listed, looking for some explanation of the irritating writing style. Mixed metaphors all over the place, descriptions of women that were cliched and sexist ("all her curves were in the right places"? Really? Even for 2011, this is hackneyed). The women are just not well-characterized at all, their dialogue and actions annoyingly unrealistic. If I find myself asking "Why did she do that? Who does that??" over and over, there's a problem. And who needs a play by play description about how a character looks up a name online (excuse me--on the World Wide Web)? Complete with thumb-scrolling? The beginning was a nice, tight, suspenseful read and I loved that the initial character was fleshed out so completely. Even used that as an example of thoughtful characterization of a minor figure. The first part was the Steve Martini I remembered. Then it just took a nose dive and became unreadable.
The plot unfolded at a fast pace and really kept my attention. Through most of the story, Madriani works with Herman (his private investigator) in the search and Herman's knowledge makes up for what Madriani doesn't know about the more action-oriented side of things. He's also working with Joselyn Cole, another attorney who's involved in a nuclear watchdog organization. He's got information she needs and vice versa. The subplot of a relationship between them is interesting but I'm not sure it's going to be a long-term thing.
I have to give Martini credit for trying to devise new plot lines for his characters but I think I'd prefer it if he'd return to what he excels at which is courtroom drama. Also, one of the things I really like about the Madriani series is the banter between Madriani and his partner Harry Hinds and there just wasn't enough of it in this book.
The end is a real cliff-hanger so I guess I'll be waiting for the next book to see what happens!
Now, if Martini was as good at this genre as he was with his legal efforts, that would be fine. Unfortunately, I found this one to be a bit of a slog, as was Guardian of Lies.
Madriani and his two side kicks in this story are trying to prevent an attack on the US by terrorists as well as avoid being killed themselves with precious little help from the authorities who are sceptical of their concerns. It simply seemed quite far fetched in the manner it was described and I wish that Martini would return to what he knows best and let Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy and Brad Thor write the thrillers.