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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A Hole in the Apple by Harley Carnes is a terrorist thriller that is pulsating, to say the least. A devious, criminal mind is determined to sink New York City, and this means doom, not only for the city but the economy of the country. His name is Hassan Al Rashid, and he has put into place a plan that is as complicated as it is strong, enough to cause far-reaching and deadly repercussions in the city. There is just one person who can stop al Rashid, but can John Boulder, with his group of hand-picked and well-trained agents, unravel the intricate plot and bring down the demon before he sinks one of the most powerful cities in the US? The clock ticks, and with every passing second, the imminent danger grows bigger.
I love it when an author crafts a good story and creates in it a hero that readers want to journey with. What Harley Carnes has done is impeccable: first, he creates a very complex problem, then a character who measures up to the danger. Boulder is not your run-of-the-mill character. He is intelligent, a gifted investigator, and a man who has his own flaws. The problem is that what is facing him and his team is nothing like anything he’s encountered in his career. The plot is ingenious; it is unpredictable, and it is spiced with unrelenting action. A Hole in the Apple moves fast, and the author creates a sense of urgency that fuels the conflict and helps to build tension in readers. The chances of success for Boulder are minimal, and that makes for an enjoyable read when the explosive conclusion happens.