The Terrorist


Fiction - Crime
273 Pages
Reviewed on 06/26/2020
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Terrorist by John Stimson is a crime and political thriller. College professor, domestic security policy advisor, bomber for hire, Harold Case is playing games with the city. An explosion at a logging camp is followed by an explosion at the 23-story federal courthouse in Seattle. That bomb killed Officer Danny Baylor’s wife and son, exploding on a Constitution Day event when school children were visiting. Case is now Baylor’s public enemy number one and he will stop at nothing to bring the terrorist down. Case manages to stay a step ahead of the investigation but for how long? With Baylor on his tail, Harold Case is racing against time.

The Terrorist by John Stimson offers readers an action-packed thriller that starts as it means to go on - on a high note. It has a steady plot that follows the main antagonist’s bombs and explosions, with law enforcement hard on his heels. The characters were very well developed; you certainly got to know them throughout the story and learned what made them tick. There is plenty of action, some of it violent and graphically described but that goes with this type of story; you can't describe bomb explosions and the aftermath in nice, airy language! What threw me was that the story was written in the present tense; you don’t often see that in this genre but, I must admit, it did work because it made you feel as though you were in the thick of it, watching events as they unfolded. The ending might surprise you and I suspect there may be a sequel waiting in the wings. Overall, an enjoyable story, ideal if you like a mixture of political and crime thrillers.