Web of Betrayal

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
412 Pages
Reviewed on 10/30/2014
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Web of Betrayal is a terrorist thriller written by Peter S. Berman. Anne Magruder is the daughter of a high-ranking IRA officer, who’s been involved in the past with Liam Cassidy, a young IRA extremist. Her father sent her to study at UCLA to get her away from Cassidy and others like him. When Annie receives a call from Liam asking to see her, she can’t resist. He tells her that he’s in town for only a short time and invites her to drive around on a surveillance mission with him the next day. Against her better judgment, she agrees and is horrified when Liam pulls out a gun and executes Captain Sean Clarke, the British Intelligence officer whose team executed Liam's sister some years before.

Peter S. Berman’s international terrorist thriller, Web of Betrayal, is an exciting and fast-paced story set in Los Angeles, California. Officers Gibson and Donahue of Robbery-Homicide, who were featured in Berman’s police procedural, Hidden Agenda, are back on the case along with Senior Prosecutor Renee Marin. Web of Betrayal has an international flavor to it as the terrorists are IRA agitators and the initial victims are British subjects. I enjoyed reading this book and following the complex and complicated procedures involved in handling international terrorism. There are also important ethical issues raised in this book that give the reader much to think about. Add to that bombings, office politics and political ambitions, and you have a suspenseful novel filled with action and plenty of surprises. I enjoyed Web of Betrayal and highly recommend it for fans of the terrorist thriller genre.

Mamta Madhavan

Web of Betrayal by Peter S. Berman is a gripping murder mystery with a lot of suspense and intrigue set in Los Angeles. Anne Magrudy's father is a high ranking IRA official and he is unhappy with his daughter's involvement with Liam Cassidy, an IRA extremist. He sends her off to study at UCLA so that she is away from Liam. But Anne cannot resist meeting up with Liam when he is in town and she goes around with him. What happens then is beyond Anne's control as he guns down Captain Sean Clarke, the British Intelligence officer whose team executed Liam's relative some months before.

The book is a compelling read with a lot happening at the same time. There is betrayal, suspense, intrigue, action, secret alliances, surprises and ambitions that race the story forward and make it fast paced. The scenes and actions are exhilarating and the characters are well portrayed. The sub plots are woven seamlessly to blend well with the main plot, giving it good continuity. The bombings, politics, court scenes and ambitions are thrilling and original and this book will intrigue readers who love action and thriller stories. The darker side of human nature is exposed here and the book has all the elements required to make it a good thriller. I really enjoyed reading this murder/mystery/thriller novel and I would recommend this book to all those readers who love action thrillers.