Inside Threat

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Title: Inside Threat
Author: Jason Elam and Steve Yohn
Series: Riley Covington Thriller
Number: 4
Publisher: Tyndale
Pages: 390
Released: June 28, 2011

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Linebacker Riley Covington has decided to go back to football after two seasons away fighting terrorism. His football days come to an abrupt halt when Riley creates a debacle and is suspended until he gets tested for PTSD, something he refuses to do.
When a terrorist attack puts him, his friends, and the woman he loves, Khadijah Faroughi, in danger, Riley tries everything he can to help out and save Khadi from the grips of Islamic terrorists.
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I learned a lot of things during the course of this book. I learned that if you get two men together to write a book, you’re going to get one of the best suspense books ever. I also learned that you should expect a long drawn out romance that could go either way.
Another thing I learned about was the Muslim religion. This book delved deeper into the ideals and the rituals of Muslims, not just Islamic extremists, than I’ve ever seen before. I loved the new perspective it gave the story and how it enhanced the experience of reading it. The Muslim extremists depicted in this story aren’t your average Arabian Muslim radicals, no, these guys are homegrown Americans. They just happen to be Americans with a grudge against what was dealt to them.
The story progresses at a nice pace. It builds tension before it gets to the heart of the terrorists plot. Once it gets into the main storyline, the story picks up and never let’s up. It leaves knots the size of softballs in your stomach making it impossible to stop reading to even take a sip of water. I finished the second half of this book in five hours, which says something about the intensity of the storyline.
I did notice that once the progressed to the point-of-no-return for the reader, the gore increased as well. In fact, in some areas it’s so descriptive it makes you sick to your stomach because you can see it clearly in your head. That, tough, only adds to the tension and the reality that was painted by the authors.
I did not, however, like the ending. To tell the truth, the ending destroyed what would normally be a fantastic book. The authors crossed a lime that no author should ever cross. EVER. I thought of several different scenarios that turned out much better and didn’t cross the line.
The ending, though terrible, did have some good from it. But I won’t get into that. The real thing that the ending portrayed was a realistic ending. If this had happened in real life the end would have most likely been similar. But that doesn’t make the bitter horse pill any easier to swallow.
I actually hated the ending so much I can’t even recommend this to anyone unless you like sad endings and crushing disappointment. It ruined my opinion of this book so badly that I will never read this book again, even if I stop right before the ending. I give it two out of five.

I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for this honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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