The author has created a multi-genre story (history, action adventure, espionage, foreign affairs, geo-politics, diplomacy, intelligence, and memoir) using the background of the 9/11/01 attacks against the United States in which the principalMoreThe author has created a multi-genre story (history, action adventure, espionage, foreign affairs, geo-politics, diplomacy, intelligence, and memoir) using the background of the 9/11/01 attacks against the United States in which the principal character, Joe Legion is called upon to put his life on the line for his American and European families as he did long ago while serving as a replacement for his brother who was presumed killed in a special operations mission.
Joe accepts the assignment believing that he has special protection in the biblical passages of Jeremiah as long as he maintains his courage and works to protect the innocent and oppressed.Joe sharpens his military prowess and international responder skills along with resurrecting his former Pentagon and other contacts to aid him in disrupting and destroying terrorists networks wherever he finds them.
Readers travel with Joe to Russia, India, North Africa, Europe, Central and South America, and several sites in the U.S. to rescue victims of natural disasters and to root out terrorists and their supporters who would take advantage of these victims and others who fall under the influence of the terrorists groups.
Joe also encounters corrupt governmental officials at all level who knowingly or unknowingly aid and abet the actions and purposes of the illegal networks and their henchmen. After 9/11, no one is neutral, and some former associates change allegiances making Joes work more challenging and dangerous at every turn. Shakespeares line in The Tempest best describes Joes world: Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.Always innovative, Joe uses the legend of Juraj Janosik (the 18th century national hero of Slovakia) and his hidden treasure to lure terrorists out of their hiding places.
Joe frequently uses family, friends, and complete strangers when necessary to overcome almost overwhelming odds.Readers will find that the story can be read at varying levels of information, inspiration, and enjoyment. The author interweaves actual world events from President Carters administration to the present with his own military and civilian experiences to generate a powerful, informative, and inspiring story of American patriotism and can-do spirit without resorting to profanity, gratuitous sex, fake heroes, implausible plots, and unwarranted violence.The books characters demonstrates the real-life connections and impact that the illegal and deadly networks have on the daily lives of people in all corners of the world.
The author adroitly uses the characters to speak about their motivations, successes, and failures, and lets readers decide who is credible or worthy of blame without the authors comments or preaching about their religious beliefs, forms of government, or personal actions.Readers will find subtle connections between: U.S.-supported mujahadeen fighters in the Balkan Wars to current terterrorists- the lack of preparation of the U.S.
government for natural and man-made disasters- inklings of future trouble in Indias emerging nuclear power- the continuing threat from Russias unsecured nuclear weapons- the impact of U.S.policies and actions and the rise of cocaine production in South America- the failure of U.S.
programs for immigration, criminal extraditions, and preservation of its nuclear physics research- and the lack of interest many Americans have in foreign affairs that influence domestic programs and the American way of life.Yet, the author treats these subjects in a light-handed way to inform, but not overburden readers with the weight of these important matters. In fact, Joe Legion has a disarming sense of humor that allows him to address these topics with the other characters without detracting from the fast-paced action of the story.