The Shooters


Title:                      The Shooters

Author:                 W. E. B. Griffin

Griffin, W. E. B. (2008). The Shooters. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

LCCN:    2007038587

PS3557.R489137 S47 2008

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Date Updated:  August 12, 2015

W. E. B. Griffin is one of my favorite authors, and I’ve read several of his books (in fact I am reading one right now.) The Shooters is one in a series PRESIDENTIAL AGENT that include By Order of the President, The Hostage, The Hunters, The Shooters, and Black Ops.

Griffin’s book is a great story but it is also revealing of how declared agents and illegals operate for spying. Illegals are professional intelligence personnel who are deployed in another country under some kind of cover. They may be assigned as military attaches, but actually function as spies.  Griffin’s story illustrates how illegals may operate in the interest of their country within another country. If they aree caught out they have no protection whatsoever.

In this book a DEA agent is reported captured by drug dealers in Argentina. A young lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed at the U.S. Embassy learns of the kidnapping and wants to help his friend. He is also aware of “black ops” carried out by Delta Force officer Charley Castillo and endeavors to contact hm.

Castillo wants to help but recognizes that he could never get clearance from the State Department to carry out a rescue in a South American country. He does find, however, that the DEA agent has powerful political connections in Chicago, and the President himself authorizes Castillo to do whate4ver it takes to bring back the agent.

This book certainly gives a valid picture of Illegals vs. declared operatives; black ops vs. cooperation; intelligence work in general, and the conflict between intelligence agents and policy makers.

Griffin, W. E. B. (2008). The Shooters. New York: Jove Books. ISBN 978-0515145700

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Bio-Strike


Title:                  Bio Strike

Author:                Jerome Preisler

Preisler, Jerome (2000). Tom Clancy’s Power Plays: Bio-Strike. New York: Berkley Publishing.

LCCN:    2002597808

PS3566.R354 T65 2000

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Date Updated:  April 27, 2015

Bio Strike is one of a series, “Powerplays”, developed by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg. The plot centers on the criminal mastermind Harlan DeVane, who has developed a biological disease capable of wiping out selected groups or individuals –  depending on the trigger used. The whole world has been infected without knowing it and considerable space is given to explaining how this is done.

The dramatic conflict in this novel is between DeVane who holds a grudge against Roger Gordian, head of UpLink Technologies. UpLink is a thread in all of the Powerplays novels. Gordian a highly successful businessman but is also on a mission to improve the world in general. DeVane does a trial run of the virus, triggering it Gordian. It’s up to his team of agents to battle frantically to save him.

The author obviously did a great deal of research to make the biology and technology sound realistic. Aware that many readers know nothing about biotechnology, the author burdens the reader with overkill of explanation. For nerds like me, I like his terminology. Some may be bored at the level to which he goes, for example, to explain how an e-mail server works.

Techno-freaks will like the series, as it is quite imaginative about cyberproblems we may encounter. Undoubtedly business and governments will be attacked in unexpected cyberterrorism and fantasizing about it may help develop countermeasures even before the threat is real. For that reason I like the series. The characters, too, are believable, not always the case in novels with a lot of science and technology.