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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books (1 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935142593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935142591
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
It's OFFICIAL! AJ Tata IS the new KING of Techno-Thrillers 5 Jan 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Since Tom Clancy has apparently taken a leave of absence from writing good books (let alone writing ANY books), it was nice to see so many authors step up in an attempt to fill the void which has been vacant for several years now. So MANY have tried valiantly to TRY and assume Clancy's Seat of Power, and for the most part, nobody has really written more than one novel on par with his best works (Torpedo by Jeff Edwards--no relation btw--is one, and I am patiently waiting for the follow-up) but while author after author scratches the surface of assuming the throne, so far I've not seen any serious contenders...til now.

I submit that AJ Tata IS the author who not only can do it, but already HAS. Brad Thor is an awesome author, as is Vince Flynn and many other techno-thriller writers, but almost NONE of them write with the authority that I sense with Mr. Tata. I got a sense of what was coming with his excellent first book, 'Sudden Threat', but with 'Rogue Threat' he has officially become what I consider the premiere techno-thriller author in print today.

What scares me--and I DO mean frightens the you-know-what outta me--is how utterly possible this story seriously is. Could it happen? I certainly PRAY it doesn't, but oh my gosh, it very well COULD. The sense of realism is on virtually every page, and while there were elements of Hollywood Inspired action sequences, the sheer majority of the story remains VERY well-written and all-too-real in my opinion. Was the events on 9/11 just the first of a three-part concerted effort to bring America to its knees? The unfortunate answer to that is, quite possibly. I know that our Intelligence Services have thwarted several planned attacks that were kept quiet for some reason or another and after reading 'Rogue Threat', it just makes me wonder if some of those were actually parts 2 & 3 of a story that is expanded upon here? We may never know the answer to that, but this book really makes you think about the safety of the country. I suppose I've read too many thrillers such as this that makes me wonder, but all things considered, just ONE of the prices we pay to live in a free society is also what inherently makes terrorist attacks so easy to carry out here.

Without spoiling anything, let me say that AJ Tata has been quickly added to my short-list of must-read authors. Oh, and for those of you on the fence wondering whether or not Mr. Tata is as good as I can find out yourself, you really don't have to take my word for it. Pick up either of his books (but I'd recommend getting them both) and soon you'll be singing his praises, too. Just read the other reviews posted here and you'll notice I'm not the only one who believes this. Yeah, he really IS that good.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A New Star Author 30 Nov 2009
By J. Bowen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
AJ writes with the authenticity of someone who has been there and seen it from the front lines. He combines realistic political scenarios and realism in the action. I have read them all -- Lee Child, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Clancy, Gandt, Coonts, Brown, etc... and while I love 'em all -- they now have someone to chase. Tata's realism puts him above the rest.

The storyline grabs you from the first chapter until the last and Matt Garrett's strength as one of the good guys make him as solid and realistic a hero as they come.

Rogue Threat follows up on Tata's action-packed Sudden Threat -- if you have the chance get 'em both. I promise that you will not be disappointed.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An action-packed twisting thriller 24 Jan 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Having survived the Battle of the Philippines against the Japanese, former CIA field agent Matt Garret heals from his physical wounds, but not mentally. He grieves the loss of brother Zachary who died in the Sudden Threat combat, but also remains outraged by the duplicity in DC that led to his sibling's death and an unnecessary war.

His new mantra of trust no one is put to the test by Peyton; who comes to his assistance. Meanwhile, effective and efficient terrorist attacks on American soil leave thousands dead. Those directing the assault begin an invasion deployment. Matt leads a counterinsurgency against the terrorists as both sides understand they will die for their cause.

From start to finish, General (Retired) Tata provides an action-packed twisting thriller that grips the audience throughout though the argument of deliberate action on the part of terrorists to suck the Americans into Iraq seems a conspiratorial stretch; a more logical premise is the stupidity of the superiority of the neo Ugly American. The part that feels plausible is the cautionary mantra to trust no one as mass murder on a scale that makes the Twin Towers look like a drive-by will frighten the reader because it seems so possible. Fans will relish this exhilarating military-political thriller as General Tata makes the Pogo case that the enemy is us.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Thrillers I've Read! 9 Dec 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rogue Threat by A. J. Tata--Fiction or Prediction?

Other than for sleeping and eating, I read Rogue Threat straight through! I think the most chilling thing about this book is that the beauty of the author's words (e.g., "The ferns and shrubs reached up toward him like the hands of begging children." P. 84) are used for such a terrifyingly real chain of events! Every reader will immediately be caught up in the story and realize that this may very well be a book predicting our future.

Two sets of brilliant, brave brothers--Jacques and Henri Ballantine and Zachary and Matt Garrett, all fighting for countries they love. The Ballantine brothers had their names changed when their parents moved to France, but when they were old enough, they returned to their homeland to fight for their close friend, Hussein. It was there in Iraq that Lieutenant Zachary Garrett captured General Jacques Ballatine and during their struggle, Garrett had killed Henri as he rushed to aid his brother. Jacques was never able to forget the sight of his brother's head being blown apart as he ran to save him.

Matt Garrett, recovering from wounds received in the Philippines years later, also had nightmares, memories, and anger as the result of not being able to save his brother Zachary, who had been killed during combat against Al Qaeda rebels. Hatred and anger over the loss of loved ones are not soon forgotten or forgiven.

Worldwide hatred has become the norm. This story of two sets of brothers is merely a typical example.

Jacques Ballantine sought revenge; he would make Zachary Garrett understand what he had done by killing his brother. Revenge was always in the back of his mind, controlling his actions. And when Hussein asked him to continue his fight, even if he himself were captured or killed, Jacques agreed. He moved to Canada and started a fishing service. Flying a unique stealth-like small plane, he was able to work year in and year out to bring in supplies and build the complex necessary to fulfill his assignment. He became a major power force, more dangerous than either Hussein or Bin Laden, "because he not only had means, motive and the courage of his convictions, but he was on nobody's screen." (p.17)

And even when Jacques learned that Zachary was already dead, his revenge turned toward Matt Garrett.

Matt Garrett had a visitor, Peyton O'Hara, a beautiful, tough woman who rode in on a Harley Davidson Fatboy, and who had been sent by the Vice-President of the United States. She wanted to find out all he knew about the Predator project (eighteen lost unmanned aerial vehicles). Had he seen them in China? Did he know where they were?

Matt was still recovering from his injuries and was now being considered by the President to serve as a special assistant to the CIA Director. Matt kept quiet, not willing to share with this stranger--until the Vice-President phoned and directed him to meet him at the Dulles Airport in an hour. "Bizarre," Matt murmured, but he didn't think he could say no to the Vice President. . .even though he wanted to, for he had lost his fiancé after she had become a senior executive assistant for a vice-presidential program he was developing. As directed, Matt got on a plane, along with Peyton O'Hara. As Matt left the Vice President, he said "think about the term, `secular spiritual stagnation.' Then we'll talk later." (p.18)

Their plane was highjacked . . . Matt and Peyton then continued through an unbelievable chain of events that altogether make up one of the best action thrillers I've ever read! Rocke's detail is excellent, his graphic illustrations are perfect "he...could sense that he was ripping the man's shoulder out of its socket the way a father pulls a turkey leg off the bird on Thanksgiving." Perfectly gruesome sometimes! (p.31)

For, you see, Phase II had begun for America. Phase I had been 9-11.

· This time, malls, athletic facilities, and other people-gathering places were the targets.
· This time, more countries were involved, and even the drug cartels joined with them for their hatred of the rich Americans who consumed their drugs. While Americans bought drugs, the people from their countries still lived in poor conditions where there was much hunger and disease.
· This time, they also had a newly designed secret use for those Predators, a design that brilliantly digitized pheromones that allowed control without continued involvement of man.
· And, this time, they had a high-level inside U. S. government man."

Even though there had been the 9-11 attacks, most of the military personnel had been sent by the government to fight in other countries. Americans had joined together after that attack, but they had soon once again become complacent. Rocke has used the words of Walt Rostow in highlighting what has happened to Americans, that we are past the fourth stage of "High Mass Consumption" and that we are in his idea of the final stage, secular spiritual stagnation. "In other words, nobody cares about anything but themselves [sic]..." (P. 170)

While some may argue against the application of Rostow's stages, many of us have questioned the increase in consumption and the seeming decrease in care and concern for people. Is the Rogue Threat merely another exciting and suspenseful action thriller or is the underlying storyline a real possibility of the future for us to consider?

For this reviewer, I found myself accepting it as both an exceptionally well written and exciting must-read tale, as well as a warning that tells important possibilities that should perhaps make it "mandatory reading" for all Americans!

What I do know is that I'm looking forward to Tata's next novel!

G. A. Bixler

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." James Bryce
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A story that keeps you in the action from the beginning to the end. 19 July 2010
By Bruce Pettersen - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was tiring of Tom Clancy and the aging Jack Ryan and was looking for something different but the same. After reading both of Tata's books I believe as another reviewer has said "I believe Tata has taken the place of clancy." I like a book that starts fast and keeps you involved to the end. I really don't want to read half the book before the action starts. Although I have put up with that with Clancy for four or five of his books.

So, I highly recommend Tata if you are into this kind of action. I like the fact that I can read a book without being smothered with descriptive love scenes. Tata leaves much of that to your imagination and does it very well. His experience puts you right in the battle with the operatives and soldiers.

The conspiracy details are so possible you find yourself looking at people differently. The other thing I liked about Tata's writing is he educates you. The primary character expounds on his opinions of the enemy and in fact you are educated because you know much of it is fact because you have been following the news and reading news articles yourself. I also have read other books such as "Inside the Jihad".

I am waiting for Tata's next book, not sure what I'll read in between there. John Grishom leaves me abit negative after I read his stuff. So, if you're looking for a good read grab the two that are available.

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