Initially, I wasn t looking forward to reading this, I don t know why, but I absolutely loved it There are so many twists that it s hard to give an honest review without throwing spoilers in, which I have no intention of doing.
The story jumps all over the globe, but wherever Khalifa takes us we re straight into the action This is a book that holds your attention and I thoroughly recommend it because the reader won t second guess how this story pans out All is not as it seems So why only a 4 Star Because it jumps around chronologically and that s a bit confusing This shouldn t put a prospective reader off but it is annoying Khalifa starts each chapter with the date, but this isn t helpful at all because the reader can t remember the date from the previous chapter, or the one before that, and especially the one before that.
This is very frustrating It doesn t spoil the story, but I hope Khalifa won t use this technique in future books.
Former FBI Special Agent Alexander Blackwell is urgently approached to help with a sudden hostage situation in New York Terminal Rage is a crime thriller that is not run of the mill The plot is very involved and the character development is very good.
Alexander is thrown in at the deep end and like the reader knows nothing about the hostage taker So along with the help of other members of the Hostage Rescue Team, Alexander and the reader try to work out the identity and motives of the hostage taker.
There are many, many surprises along the way and this novel has an unusual but welcome structure Woven into this story is a mass of culture that includes the Arab Spring of 2005 The story moves along at a good pace and because of the depth of the plot, it gives the reader a thrill to the very end I gets you thinking but, but, but as you try to fathom out what has gone on This story is told with style and the editing is spot on The whole feel of this novel is similar to the popular BBC television series called Spooks, of which I was a fan Terminal Rage has a good mix of powerful character development, crime, dodgy characters, realism, technology and terrorism I thoroughly enjoyed reading Terminal Rage because the whole plot was so different from the norm in a crowded market It was a pleasure to read and was both entertaining and refreshing I liked how the mystery of the hostage taker developed and how mistakes within the intelligence community can so easily be made Terrorists are not petty criminals doing things on the spur of the moment but plan their actions with great skill over a number of years The skill of A M Khalifa deserves a vote of the top score of 5 stars from me as his novel was such a brilliant read.
This was one of the best books I have read in the last year and I think this book would make a wonderful movie I enjoyed the fact that it wasn t your normal run of the mill hostage taking ,terrorist book The twist that the author gave to this story was brilliant I highly recommend this book.
Finally recovering from the mental toll of his disastrous last case, Alex Blackwell, once the FBI s top hostage negotiator, is pulled back into action at the request of a man posing as an Arab prince who has taken over a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan Besides the hostages in the building, the man threatens to kill children at daycare centers knowing this is the one thing he could say that will convince Blackwell to forsake his self imposed exile So begins Terminal Rage by A.
M Khalifa amkwriter , a layered thrill ride of a novel that moves seamlessly from inside a nerve wracking hostage situation to far flung locations across the United States and the world including Italy, Egypt, England and Australia Who the mysterious man is and what his motivations are will be revealed in due time, as the reader and Alex uncover and fit together the pieces of large and complicated puzzle I ve spent some time thinking about how to write this review, because I don t want to reveal too much of the plot and spoil the fun for future readers Terminal Rage is a multi layered story that is topical and yet also timeless, with a real emotional edge underpinning it The well conceived plot twists along the way had me nodding my head in admiration of the author s imagination and storytelling ability, which I would compare favorably to the best of Robert Ludlum, Frederick Forsyth or Ken Follett.
So writing this review is a bit like encouraging someone who hasn t seen the movie The Sixth Sense to watch it without telling them Bruce Willis is dead you want people to know how great it is but you don t want to rob them of those oh, wow moments For me as a reader, those times when well crafted pieces of a plot puzzle finally fit together and the logic of the author s intentions become clear are very satisfying I highly recommend this well crafted novel, and look forward to from Mr Khalifa To learn about the author and his writing, visit his website.
Hold your breath,and hang onA real head Turner,classic yet modern with a twist in every other paragraph Story feels the way you would,if you had the will to be revenged You never have to go back to check the storyline, and a great ending.
This Is An ACE Of ASIN BEWQJM Terminal RageWhen A Mysterious Man Besieges An Office Tower In Manhattan, He Threatens To Execute His Hostages And Unleash Terror If His Demands Are Not Met He Informs The Authorities He Will Only Communicate With Alexander Blackwell, A Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Whose Stellar Career Had Ended Abruptly A Few Years BeforeThe FBI Tracks Blackwell Down On A Tiny Caribbean Island And He Reluctantly Agrees To Negotiate With The Suspect As The Clock Ticks Fast To The Deadline, Blackwell Soon Realizes The Only Way To Save The Hostages And Prevent Catastrophe Is To Figure Out Who This Enigmatic Hostage Taker Really Is, And Why He Asked For Him By Name But What He Discovers Is A Chilling Global Conspiracy At The Highest Levels Of Government That Threatens To Destroy His Life All Over AgainTerminal Rage Is An Explosive Novel Set In The Post World, Where Terrorism Is No Longer Defined By Who The Terrorists Are, But The Sophistication And Impunity By Which They Operate A movie waiting to happen If you are a fan of fast paced, political action thrillers you will love Terminal Rage by AM Khalifa The book kept me engaged from start to finish and Khalifa s story telling approach held my excitement to read each new chapter One of the things I enjoyed most was the authors style, which made for a very fun read while developing the characters constantly throughout as the plot builds I highly recommend this book to fans of thriller mystery action novels.
Very gripping read What I liked I sincerely enjoyed the way Mr Khalifa writes The pacing, the characters and the voice of the story are top quality Terminal Rage is told both in the present and with flashbacks of the two main characters, Seth and FBI Agent Alexander Blackwell This story had so many twists and turns, it was like a corkscrew The plot while somewhat plausible is a bit out there but the author made me by into it The personalities of the FBI characters seemed completely believable And yes, I realize I m talking in circles because if I say just the least bit too much, I would spoil everything Suffice it to say, I went into this free read expecting nothing and felt like I won the lottery I immediately looked for other novels by Mr Khalifa but most currently available are shorts with one novella I wanted to read another novel by him, NOW What I didn t like Initially I was wasn t paying very much attention to the time place listed in each chapter, and you need to That threw me off and I had to make a conscious effort to pay attention but that soon just became automatic to look to see who what where I was reading The ending of this book is great I will definitely put Mr Khalifa on my list of authors to watch for new releases Highly Recommend for thriller suspense fans One of the biggest problems I had with this book was the info dumping.
It was definitely the style of writing that made them necessary, but I think they could have been done differently and appropriately I did like the the main character s were revolving You were given solid characterizations for all of them and also good insight into their motives.
Khalifa deliberately avoided answering the question as to why Blackwell was singled out and that was a big no no for me This is the reason why I did not give five stars Why Because this piece of information was crucial to the storyline It is, in fact, why this story started to begin with It is the reason why Blackwell was even a character in this book You can t leave something like that unanswered It was a great driving force for me to finish the book I was that curious I enjoyed Seth He was a great character and I liked how his missions unfolded I was very attached to his character I also enjoyed that there was no romance Well, not one that actually had any true focus with the plot 4 Stars, not bad for a free read.