The Terrorists' Apprentice by Walter Craig
Posted by sailingaway at 8:53 PM Saturday, December 21, 2013
A cruise ship sails from Australia into the Indonesian Archipelago with 2500 passengers and 700 crew; among them are terrorists who plan to sink the ship with everyone on board. They've been recruited by Al Qaeda to provoke a war between Australia, one of America's staunchest allies, and Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. They plan a massive explosion that will take more victims than 9/11. An ensemble of passengers and crew are caught in the chaos. The ship's security team is a patchwork of former cops and soldiers. The one American is a former LAPD motorcycle officer who was fired after a celebrity scandal. All he wants is to chill-out and find a new direction in life. Amongst the Australian passengers is an attractive, recently-divorced single mom, a nurse. She is seeking only rest and recuperation. As the terrorists' plot unravels the chase begins; through the ship, on to shore and across the dangerous Island of Komodo.
Many of us would love the idea of sitting on a cruise ship on vacation and relaxing for a few days. Anyone can buy a ticket, enjoy the luxury, and soak up the sun while sipping drinks and overeating great food. This story isn't quite as happy though as the passenger's worst nightmares become reality with 2 terrorists wreaking havoc on what was supposed to be a quiet cruise.
I loved the simplicity of the terrorist plot to turn the ship into one large bomb and found it plausible unlike most ridiculous stories that we see in movies and books of this type. The variety of characters that come from different places add to the story and there are no unnecessary fillers. The story-line's movement is perfect and there is never a dull moment that leaves you waiting too long for the action to start. When the action starts, the suspense and excitement are amazing. Overall the build up to the big event goes exactly as it should and leaves nothing to be desired. This is a solid thrill ride that deserves some attention off of the book shelf.
*Reviewed by Chris*
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