David Poyer weaves an intriguing tale of what might have been. About-to-be-retired Lieutenant Junior Grade Jack Kennedy, recently returned from WWII aDavid Poyer weaves an intriguing tale of what might have been. About-to-be-retired Lieutenant Junior Grade Jack Kennedy, recently returned from WWII action in the South Pacific, takes a final assignment as a naval aide to President Roosevelt to help protect him from a Russian assassin, who has help from someone on the president's staff. It is an exciting story. ...more
Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, Navy Commander Dan Lenson, having just been passed over for promotion to Captain, is heading for an intervEarly on the morning of September 11, 2001, Navy Commander Dan Lenson, having just been passed over for promotion to Captain, is heading for an interview at the Pentagon, expecting that it will essentially be the end of his military career. At the same time his wife Blair Titus, a former Under-Secretary of Defense, is flying to New York City for an interview at the World Trade Center. Each is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time when the terrorists fly their planes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center Towers, respectively. David Poyer paints a vivid picture of the harrowing events that followed those crashes and how, both Dan and his wife very narrowly escape being incinerated. Although his injuries were fairly significant, Dan recovers quickly, and soon finds himself in Afghanistan as a member of the Joint Special Forces team responsible for overthrowing the Taiban government.
The second and third of the three main characters in THE TOWERS are: NCIS Agent Aisha Ar-Rahim, a Muslim-American on assignment in Yemen at the time of the 9/11 attacks, and former Navy SEAL Teddy Oberg, who is trying to sell investors in Hollywood on making an action military movie at the same time.
Agent Aisha Ar-Rahim soon undertakes a most dangerous mission to find to learn the current hiding place of Osama bin-Laden. Meanwhile, Teddy rejoins the SEALs and becomes the senior enlisted member of a task force assigned to hunt down and kill bin Laden and the senior Taliban leadership.
The author uses alternating chapters from the points of view of each of these characters to tell the harrowing roles played by these diverse members of the war on terror and how each made their own important contributions.
David Poyer is a great storyteller, and THE TOWERS is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I most definitely recommend to readers who enjoy such books....more