Crimson Scimitar

Attack on America―2001-2025

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
600 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Crimson Scimitar: Attack on America - 2001-2025 by S.P. Grogan is a literary tour de force that weaves together a tapestry of suspense, intrigue, political machinations, and personal relationships. It is a historical thriller that transports readers to the tumultuous landscape of 2011, when the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, is captured instead of killed. This sets the stage for a legal spectacle that is nothing short of the trial of the century. Readers will delve deep into the world of counter-terrorism, espionage, and the inner workings of the U.S. judicial system. Actual events are integrated into this narrative from 2011, as the account leads readers into an exploration of "what if" scenarios. The most intriguing element is when S.P. Grogan casts the individuals who captured Bin Laden as reality TV stars on a TV show looking to boost its ratings. This provides a scathing critique of Hollywood culture and the influence of social media on contemporary society.

S.P. Grogan's exploration of alternative scenarios is the most tantalizing aspect of Crimson Scimitar. What if bin Laden had been captured alive? What if al Qaeda was plotting an even more devastating attack on the United States? These questions serve as the foundation for a gripping narrative that challenges readers to think critically about the complexities of international politics, terrorism, and justice. Grogan's ability to seamlessly blend these speculative scenarios with real-world events is a testament to his storytelling prowess. The character development is nothing short of exceptional. Strong, multifaceted women take center stage in this novel, navigating a world rife with danger and moral ambiguity. Their personal and professional journeys are captivating and add layers of depth to the story.

The portrayal of a young al Qaeda jihadist who may hold the key to peace in the Middle East is a testament to the author's ability to humanize even the most enigmatic of characters. This is a literary triumph that combines pulse-pounding action, political intrigue, and incisive social commentary into an unforgettable reading experience. It is a novel that challenges the reader to consider the consequences of pivotal historical events and the power of individuals to shape the course of history. With its richly developed characters and thought-provoking themes, this novel is not just a thrilling ride but a journey into the heart of contemporary geopolitics and the human condition. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a gripping and intellectually stimulating read.