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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
For fans of terrorist thrillers, Bombing Chicago by Jerry Johnson makes for a great read. The plot is simple, but the details are what make the difference in the story, creating the complexity I look for in stories. While Republicans and Democrats are holding conventions, North Korean terrorists conceive a deadly plan to bomb the centers of the conventions. While both parties are meeting to choose their candidates, the terrorists are out to kill the American future leadership. The plan is to weaken the country politically and create an atmosphere of fear. The plan is well-conceived and domestic terrorists do their part to ensure that the smuggled bombs are strategically placed at the convention centers. Special Agent Bill Peterson and his team must stop the attack in time to save the country from the worst terrorist attack ever. But the odds are stacked against them.
Fans of Olympus Has Fallen will adore Jerry Johnson’s Bombing in Chicago, a novel that meets all the criteria for a page-turning terrorist thriller. I enjoyed how well the novel is written for the genre and the author’s ability to feature lurid details without slackening the pace. The characters are robust and the international setting in the US well explored. This a story that reads like an action movie and I enjoyed how Jerry Johnson uses time to create tension and keep it mounting. There are heart-racing moments filled with uncertainty and readers can immediately feel the pulse of the characters. The prose is gorgeous, the characters sophisticated, and the plot strong. One of the most exciting stories in the thriller genre. It is an explosive entry in a promising trilogy.