Review: THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS by Mark Terry

The Valley of Shadows

Mark Terry


ISBN: 978-1-933515-94-6


Price: $25.95

291 pages

Reviewed by Dorothy Francis

The Valley of Shadows is Mark Terry’s most recent thriller featuring Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security. A daring raid on a Pakistan Al-Qaeda cell has recovered two laptop computers which, once decrypted and translated, show Al-Qaeda is planning a series of simultaneous attacks on 5 major U.S. cities: Washington, D.C., New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The attacks would involve bombs, biological, chemical, perhaps dirty bombs and nuclear devices small enough to fit in a suitcase. All bombs are ‘dirty’ bombs in that they kill and destroy their targets. But a truly dirty bomb kills, destroys, and emits nuclear fumes that continue to wreak havoc.

Derek Stillwater is assigned to the Port of Los Angeles, leading a multi-jurisdictional Special Terrorism Activity Response Team called START. The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest port in the U.S. and the eighth busiest port in the world. It has over 7500 acres and forty-three miles of waterfront. Derek’s team’s object is to prevent the Al-Qaeda attack by locating the weapon or weapons the terrorists will use in their attack as well as the terrorists themselves. The deadline is our presidential election day.

Derek Stillwater has forty-eight hours to act.

Few attacks could cause as much chaos in America as a terrorist attack on election day. When the START team begins to close in on the Al Qaeda attackers, Derek realizes the terrorists have a deeper motive than causing chaos. He believes that one of the presidential candidates is the true target for the attack.

Which one?

You’ll have to read this thriller to find out.

Titles in the Derek Stillwater thriller series include The Devil’s Pitchfork, The Serpent’s Kill, The Fallen, and The Valley of Shadows.

I found that at first the foreign sounding character names and places were difficult to deal with, but I the suspense of the story soon pulled me in. I finished it all too quickly and I think you will, too.

THE VALLEY OF SHAOWS is available wherever fine books are sold on June 7, 2011

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.

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