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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Our story begins with NYPD Narcotics Detective Pete Fanning rear ending an SUV; his mind had been preoccupied, flashing back on the previous Thursday when he had shot and killed a man in self-defense. The angry owner of the SUV, Teddy Vijay, an Indian Muslim, came at Pete with a pipe. After defusing the situation the two men began to talk and formed a bond. Days later Teddy frantically called Pete and asked to meet with him; he’d overheard something that frightened him. Pete reported the information to the proper authorities and joined them in the investigation of a joint effort between the New IRA and Al Qaeda. The investigation places Pete in the cross hairs of the terrorists.
It is hard to believe this is Howard Giordano’s first full length book. He writes like a much seasoned author. The plot of "Tracking Terror" could have been ripped out of the headlines. It is believable and a bit frightening. The plot is dynamic and action packed: thrill a minute block buster. Giordano allows each character to fully develop. There are several sub-plots that bring out the personality of Fanning, such as: the tension between family members feeling neglected helped to create a multidimensional cast. Fanning loves his family but has strong loyalties to his country. The fact that his family feels neglected is something most police officers must face daily. It would be difficult to juggle such an intense career and home life. I liked the way Giordano showed readers the “other side” of Muslims. Many are frightened; they know other citizens look at them in fear, often stereo typing them. They are also as afraid and angry at terrorists as all other citizens. I believe this book is being made into a movie. I will be first in line for tickets.