Code Name: Scarlet

Fiction - Military
337 Pages
Reviewed on 09/09/2016
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Code Name: Scarlet by Richard S Lowry is a military story. Rich Graham and Lindsey Warner have fallen in love, under the shadow of the horrifying 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Al-Qaeda operatives have managed to get their hands on a nuclear weapon, a terrifying prospect, and Rich and Lindsey are the main players in the operation to find the weapon. They must locate and secure it before it can be used, but the best laid plans never go as they should. Instead, Lindsey and Rich must think quickly, must improvise, and must make choices that could mean the difference between life and death as operation Code Name: Scarlet goes live. Can their love survive this terrible time? Indeed, will they survive and can they save America?

Code Name: Scarlet is Richard S Lowry’s first novel after publishing a number of non-fiction military books, and I have to say it is a cracking book. The plot is sound and, obviously drawing on his own experiences, is incredibly real and true to life. It is also somewhat scary because we know that this kind of thing does happen and could very well cause mass destruction in the future if it can’t be stopped in time. The character development was excellent and the descriptive nature of the book leaves nothing to the imagination; indeed, it draws you into the story and has you living it while you read it, and that, to me, is the mark of a good author. This is one of those books that I guarantee no reader, especially fans of military fiction, will put down until the last breath is drawn. I enjoyed the read and hope that Mr. Lowry will be releasing more fictional works in the future.

Rabia Tanveer

Code Name: Scarlet by Richard S. Lowry is the story of two people who are fighting against the odds. The story follows Lindsey and Rich, two Americans who are on a mission to save their country. After the 9/11 attacks, Lindsey and Rich are among the group of selected few who are given the vital job of securing a nuclear weapon that is in the hands of Al-Qaeda. In such dangerous conditions, falling in love and forming attachments is not ideal. But they fall in love and the relationship remains steadfast. They need to find that weapon and they need to do it fast. Now, the two of them have to do it all; secure the weapon and save themselves. But something has to give, it always does. When you are up against such odds, how can you hope for the best when the present is so bleak?

Richard S. Lowry did a fantastic job of creating a believable universe. He knows how to write and does it well. I loved reading this novel; I could not put it down. The story was thrilling and the plot is really good. I loved reading about Lindsey and Rich; they were a team and they tried to stay together the best they could. Lindsey was not the 'little woman,' she was an equal partner and they did things together. Their companionship was ideal, and the threat was real. I liked this novel very much.