When I first found out about this new novel on YouTube I was instantly intrigued by its plot and knew I had to order it. Being a big fan of the bomb disposal profession, I was hoping for an action-packed novel that was going to give Stephen Phillips' "Proximity" a run for its money. "Tripwire" is the fictional action/thriller about the life of a young fifteen-year old named Felix Smith and how his once carefree life takes an unexpected and dramatic turn when the War on Terror visits his doorstep. The global forces of terrorism have united in one all encompassing massive organization that will come to be known throughout the world as "Orpheus". In a sinister plot to announce their presence to the world, the lethal group targets Heathrow Airport in London, England with a catastrophic bombing attack that kills thousands and instantly takes the life of Felix's father, one of Britain's top bomb disposal technicians. Desperate, Felix looks for a way to avenge his father's murder as the rule books on counterterrorism are re-written in the blink of an eye.
Childhood innocence is lost when recruiting age for military service is suddenly scaled back as the British government now looks to the bright minds and abilities of today's youth for a winning edge against this new age of terror. Following his completion of basic training, Felix Smith is thrust into a covert and mysterious counterterrorism agency known as "The Minos Chapter" under the direction of American and British Intelligence experts who serve as mentors and field contacts to the agency's under-age operatives. Felix Smith takes the lead in a multi-purpose role as the agency's top spy and crack bomb disposal technician as he prepares to embark on dangerous missions around the world in an attempt to thwart Orpheus' terrorist activities and prevent an even greater bombing attack from achieving its objective.
Author Steve Cole and co-author Chris Hunter a former British Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technician, highly decorated for his work in Iraq, bring an interesting twist to most novels of this genre. Essentially, "Tripwire" is a cross between "24" and James Bond Jr. Although, there are some areas in the storyline that could definitely use some improvement. I would like to have seen more of a background on the life of Felix's father, the events leading up to the terrorist attack, more emphasis on the lives of the people who were lost in the attack what they were thinking and feeling prior to the devastating explosion and more of an in-depth focus on bomb disposal work and equipment, including possibly using a robot for render safe tasks. "Tripwire" could certainly pass for a great movie in the future but in regards to a novel about bomb disposal, I have to say that Navy EOD tech Stephen Phillips' "Proximity" is the best.
In reading this novel, it's easy to see where Chris Hunter chimes in with the tense nail biting scenarios of diffusing a total of six IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in two separate locations. Truth be told, it's more of a spy adventure than an action-packed bomb squad drama. With respect to the bomb disposal business, nothing beats Chris Hunter's real life exploits in his personal memoirs of "Eight Lives Down" and "Extreme Risk" both are excellent reads and worth looking into. However if you're a fan of fictional spy novels where kids get to play James Bond before they turn sixteen, "Tripwire" is for you.