Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Andre Le Gallo
novel takes place in North Africa in the countries contained in the
Maghreb. An extremely dangerous area overrun with dangerous
fanatics who are bent on restoring the Caliphate, which is
the dream of having a global Muslim empire. These people
will use anything to achieve their goals including paid killings and
terrorist revolutionaries to get to their final purpose.
Steve Church, who is a United States citizen visiting Paris is recruited by the CIA to work undercover and discover this group. Also, one of the leaders of the extremists is a man called Kahlil, once a schoolmate of Steves. Kahlil, who went to school in the west is a superior bad guy. There is nothing he won't do to get where he wants to go.
Steve goes to North Africa, accompanied by a young woman, Kella, who is part of his CIA cover to infiltrate the terrorists' desert headquarters. This is an adventure that is sure to change the political maneuvering of the Muslim group. Steve and Kella are taken prisoner by Kahlil's forces while the terrorists try and get control of a powerful weapon of mass destruction. While the battles rage Steve and Kella are planning their escape.
Obviously, the author, knows his subject and is a very clever writer to boot. Mr. Le Gallo tells us what is going on in the hazardous world of these leaders who have agendas that boggle the mind. The author tells us why these fanatics must be reined in before they go too far. Of course, they already have in some cases. And, the book also tries to give us some insights of how our intelligence community can do the job of rounding up these terrorists. The Caliphate is fiction but reads like a non-fiction book. They would like to take over the world from one end to the other and have struck deadly blows to the innocent many many times already with tactics that most armies would not abide. Sadly, these groups exist and, not having a care for human life, will strike again.
This is a story of schemes too terrifying to comprehend. But, you cannot reasonably deny that they exist.