Janet Morris and Chris Morris are the creators of numerous novels, stories, and works of nonfiction, as well as the editors of the Heroes in Hell series, winner of the Hugo Award. Janet is the only science fiction writer invited to participate in the Rolex fiction program, Chris is an accomplished singer-songwriter and narrator, and the Morrises are widely known for their nonfiction work on national security topics such as nonlethal weapons and Russian technology as well as their fiction and music. The Morrises' joint fiction novels include The Forty-Minute War, The Sacred Band, and The Fish the Fighters.
"After Washington, D.C. is vaporized by a nuclear surface blast, Marc Beck, wonder boy of the American foreign service, prevails on Ashmead, covert action chief, to help him fly two batches of anticancer serum from Israel to the Houston White House. From the moment they establish their gritty relationship, life is filled with treachery and terror for Beck, who must deal with one cliffhanger after another during the desperate days that follow. This novel shocks us with a sudden, satisfying ending." (Publishers Weekly)
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Prophetic in a particularly eerie way
Here is a thriller that not only has no dull moment but is also prophetic in a particularly eerie way. The writers-Janet Morris and Christopher Crosby Morris-wrote this back in 1984 (a year that to me signifies a projection into the future, because of the dystopian novel by English author George Orwell, which was published about forty years before.) In the not too far past in history, we had the Hundred Years War; then the Six Day War; and now a war is fought within Forty Minutes. Here, the writers bring us right into the cockpit of a plane as a takeover is underway, a takeover that in many ways, seems to project into the events of 9/11.
Tim Welch, the versatile narrator chosen for this project, has two dozen titles for sale in a number of different genres on Audible. Being a public speaking professor at the State University of New York speaks to the depth of his experience. He breathes life into each one of the characters in this suspenseful Political-military context. I felt as if I am standing right behind the group of Arab terrorists, tongue-tied, praying for my life and for the survival of everyone onboard, wishing the pilots may prevail, somehow, and outsmart the Arab terrorists and prevent calamity. The action, and the complex contrasts between cowardice, heroism, overcoming fear, and a willingness to sacrifice for saving others. All these emotions come alive through Tim’s interpretation. He does the story justice.
I received the audiobook edition as a gift, in exchange for an honest review.