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WAYLAND SMITH is the pen name for a native Texan who has lived in Massachusetts, New York, Washington DC, and presently makes his home in Virginia. His rather unlikely list of jobs includes private investigator, comic book shop owner, ring crew for a circus (then he ran away from the circus and joined home), deputy sheriff, and freelance stagehand. Wayland is a four time participant in, and survivor of, NaNoWriMo, having made the 50,000 word goal each time. A black belt in shao lin kung fu, he is also a fan of comic books, reading, writing, and various computer games (I'll shut Civ down in one more turn. Really). He lives with a beautiful woman who was crazy enough to marry him, and a goofy dog with a fondness for peanut butter and white wine.
on July 20, 2012 :
Once in a while, the summer movie season offers an action flick that's actually well done, with characters that have depth and dimension, and a plot that actually takes some good and unexpected turns. Reading this book was a lot like watching one of those rare movies. It was a fun read, and you can see the scenes unfold in your mind as you read them. Yes, there are terrorists, and yes, there are people trying to stop them, but the characters are believable, rather than one-dimensional white or black hats. The author's knowledge of the setting is very detailed, which really helps the scenes (especially the action sequences) flow. I look forward to reading this again!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)