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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Assault Begins is the third book in The Jerusalem Cycle Trilogy by André John Haddad; a powerful blend of suspense and terrorist thriller. In less than forty-eight hours, Jerusalem will fall, and it won’t be long before the rest of the world falls after that. The enemy is a nameless, yet ruthless assassin with no political affiliations, no nationality, and no allegiance. The call is received by the US Embassy in Rome in the early hours. The man who makes the call is about to change the world in ways no one has known before and his plan is terrifying. The first warning comes in the form of an explosion that decimates the western coast of Italy. What awaits Jerusalem is even deadlier. Do Louise Destrey and Cardinal have enough time to stop the terrorist and how far are they prepared to go to stop him? It is riveting as strong and unlikely alliances are formed and the world powers fret as the clock ticks.
This is a novel filled with drama and it greets the reader right away; a well-plotted, skillfully-written conclusion to a trilogy that gets the reader engrossed from the opening sentence. The international setting is one of the achievements of the story, taking readers across nations and exploring unlikely alliances. The idea of a threat that is time sensitive creates a sense of urgency, reinforces the suspense, and defines the pulse of the story. It takes a great storyteller to do this and André John Haddad succeeds on a high scale. The Assault Begins is a gripping story, littered with interesting and plot-driven dialogues, riveting drama, and intense action. It is written in gorgeous prose and features characters that are elaborately developed and real.