The Enemy Within Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 1997
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From the Back Cover
What if a foreign rogue nation launched a war against the United States within its own borders? America's largest cities are in flames. Its majestic landmarks are in ruins. Electronic sabotage cripples its far-flung communications systems. Race battles against race in a raging civil conflagration. The first waves of a meticulously orchestrated international terrorist campaign have achieved a stunning and terrifying success. As grim national leaders hunker down with advisors, as the finest living minds in strategic intelligence together with state-of-the-art computers link up to search out and destroy the source of the savagery, as armies both with and without uniforms mobilize to win the ultimate unconventional war, two men - once friends, now adversaries to the death - race to a decisive confrontation. On one side is General Amir Taleh, an implacable foe of the United States, a nimble survivor of the brutal cross-currents of Iran's internal politics, and a shrewd fighter who believes that killing for revenge is pointless but killing for a higher purpose is justified. Opposing him are two American operatives who become tactical allies as well as unexpected lovers: Colonel Peter Thorn, the Delta Force veteran who has faced down the masters of terror on foreign soil and now feels powerless to defeat them at home; and Special Agent Helen Gray, as beautiful as she is a formidable player in the old-boy network of special operations. Together, they must find a way to defeat Taleh and his forces before the West awakens to its greatest nightmare of all. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Larry Bond coauthored the international bestseller Red Storm Rising with Tom Clancy. A U.S. Navy veteran, he has written numerous military-themed books including New York Times bestsellers Red Phoenix, Vortex, and Cauldron. His most recent publication is Dangerous Ground. He lives with his wife and two children in Virginia.
Patrick Larkin is the author of" Robert Ludlum s The Lazarus Vendetta" and "The Tribune", as well as the co-author of five bestselling thrillers with Larry Bond. He lives in northern California with his family. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Colonel Peter Thorn thinks that he's made real diplomatic headway with the new head of the Iranian Military, General Amir Taleh, a man he knew in his youth during the Shah years... but he is mistaken. Taleh is planning a ruthless strike against his enemies and he intends to use the United States as the primary battle-ground. The General sends many Islamic extremists to the US and begins a campaign designed to fracture US society and begin a civil war utilising every conventional and unconventional means available to achieve this.
Bond has produced a very bleak and sinister story but he also keeps it real. You root for the protagonists and you despise the bad guys, no matter how they try to justify their atrocities. You want them captured, even killed and when they are, it's at a cost. And this is a consistent feature of Bond's novels, evident in 'Vortex' and 'Red Phoenix'; the good guys die, often and hard. Bond also creates some very nasty villains in this novel and one's with motivation, conviction and intelligence. It is where TEW stands out as a frightening and gripping novel; the fact that these antagonists may actually exist.
With a convincing ending and a sort-of love story sub-plot, 'The Enemy Within' is a modern classic and an excellent techno-thriller and a must read for those with an interest in geopolitics.
The Enemy Within is not quite so sure-footed. The basic premise is that America is laid to siege by Iranian-sponsored terrorism, this action covering Iran's secret objective. This is all well and good, and is painstakingly set-up for much of the first half of the book. Unfortunately, a number of coincidences are relied upon and the characters by and large are paper-thin and cliched.
The plot is all wrapped up too easily towards the end and the conclusion itself feels very rushed after the fairly sedate pace of the previous 400 pages or so.
After the excellent Cauldron, this is a bit of a disappointment, and only to be read if you are a Larry Bond fan. And to be honest, even that may not be enough.