Julian Tan's Reviews > Wet Desert: Tracking Down a Terrorist on the Colorado River

Wet Desert by Gary   Hansen
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Oct 12, 2010

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Read from October 07 to 12, 2010

Interesting premise, lots if action let down by one dimensional characters, including a protagonist who overcomes every confrontation by berating others with his (undeniably) impeccable logic.

The writing comes off as well researched, with plenty of concepts and calculations to keep the engineers happy. However I found it a little hard to believe that amidst a major terrorist incident, the FBI, CIA, NSA, FEMA, Army, National Guard etc. don't get involved until almost halfway through the book - and even then the lone engineer basically gets carte blanche authority to race around the countryside, blowing up assets with impunity.

Nevertheless I enjoyed the book. I felt it could do with a bit of editing to remove unnecessary and repetitive detail and keep the story flowing. But a great first effort.

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