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THE MALACCA CONSPIRACY BY DON BROWN - REVIEWED

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Malacca Conspiracy
Zondervan (June 4, 2010)

by
Don Brown

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DON BROWN, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES. a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer ZACK BREWER. In 2003, Don began writing Treason, his first novel in the NAVY JUSTICE SERIES.

Paying no homage to political correctness, DON BROWN’S writing style is described as “gripping,” casting an entertaining and educational spin on a wide-range of current issues, from radical Islamic infiltration of the military, to the explosive issue of gays in the military, to the modern day issues of presidential politics in the early 21st Century.

In November of 2009, four years after it was released, and in the wake of Fort Hood, TREASON rocketed to the top-selling in the nation on the Amazon.com bestseller list for fiction, and remained there for over a week. On Thanksgiving Day of 2009, all four of Don’s novels were ranked in the top 5 on the Amazon bestseller list for fiction!
DON BROWN graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and after finishing law school, continued his post-graduate studies through the Naval War College, earning the Navy’s nonresident certificate in International Law.
During his five years on active duty in the Navy, Don served in the Pentagon, was published in the Naval Law Review, and was also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A rogue Indonesian general and his army of terrorists attack oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca in order to profit from oil futures and buy nuclear weapons to establish an Islamic superpower.

Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian race against the odds and a 24-hour deadline before nuclear attacks hit the United States. Departing from the sea of books barely better than soap opera romance and using the frantic pacing of suspense fiction, Brown glides flawlessly among global hotspots of terrorism--including the United States--and the book's principal settings in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The President of the United States orders ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet towards the Malacca Straits to reassert control over the sea lanes, but with time quickly ticking away, will they arrive in time for Zack and Diane to survive this dangerous and final high-stakes drama of life and death?


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REVIEW:
The Malacca Conspiracy

By Don Brown
Published by Zondervan
ISBN# 978-0-310-27215-1
349 Pages

Back Cover: American president Mack Williams has an international crisis on his hands. The Malaysian seaport of Malacca is the focus of a deadly terrorist plot to attack civilian oil tankers, assassinate the Indonesian president, and finance a nuclear attack on American cities. Can Navy JAG officers Zack Brewer and Diane Cocernian foil the conspiracy before disaster strikes?

Review: On the back cover it says, “Hang on,..and hold your breath!: they weren’t kidding. Action happens from the very first chapter and doesn’t stop until the end. I’m grateful to have received a review copy of a book that shows evil and the people fighting back the darkness for the sake of freedom and safety for all every day.

It took me a few chapters to get into the rhythm of this authors writing technique. Don Brown’s style keeps the reader engaged and keeps them on track by noting the location a scene taking place, for example it might say Rasa Sentosa Resort, Sentosa Island, Singapore 11:16a.m., the reader’s mind is set for the situation ahead.

This author masterfully weaves together a chilling, action adventure story told from a panorama of different points of view. I was astounded at how Don Brown wrote all these scenes from different parts of the world and kept it all on track. It was like watching a movie and having it smoothly pan from one event to the next, connecting them all seamlessly. I loved it.

This author shows evil being unleashed on this planet by people who would do unimaginable things to themselves and others to achieve their goal! Most of these deeds were unbelievable to our way of thinking and were quite chilling to read. Don Brown served five years in the U.S. Navy and “gained an exceptional vantage point of both Navy and the inner workings of “inside-the-beltway” political operations as an action officer assigned to the Pentagon.” This explains his insider point of view and how he took the reader behind closed doors in meetings with the President and the Security Council planning the next military action.

Don lays out a terrorist attack which is a surprise to many and a global nightmare for all. What does it look like when a mad man takes power and has several nuclear war heads at his disposal then starts making demands?

Don Brown brings back two of his favored characters from The Navy Justice series, Zack Brewer and Diane Colcernian to help catch the person masterminding these attacks at sea. Zack and Diane are sent on the front lines to gather clues in helping catch the evil doer and uncover where the next attack would take place.

Robert Molster – N.Y. Merchantile exchange is called into tell of unusual activity at the stock exchange market that might shed light on the group behind these brutal attacks. Robert documents how one sect made forty billion over night. “They could buy a ton of nuclear weapons for forty billion…if somebody was willing to sell..my guess is for that kind of money, they could find a seller!” It was scary and intriguing how the stock market could be manipulated and used to fund terrorist attacks.

It was fascinating and a little scary to read how information is gathered and told to the president and his counsel so they can come up with a counter attack. This author has a believer in the White House.

Mark Williams is President of the USA and the bible verse he is standing is in Philippians, “anxious about nothing, but in all things bring your petitions and requests to God. and the peace of God, that passes all understanding will guard your heats and minds in Christ Jesus.”

He addresses the nation and says, “Islmo-fascists may have temporarily bruised us, evil cannot, and shall not ever quench the heart and the spirit of America. We are grateful to God almighty that we still live as a nation.”

Don Brown has a gift for getting into the skin of whoever’s Point of View he’s writing from. I was drawn into all the scenes he wrote about even his minor ones. It’s amazing how our military has to be on alert 24/7 looking at things differently than you and I do. I also understood why things are kept top secret and current information isn’t broad cast on the nightly news. There would be so much panic and people would be paranoid of everyone around them and create such havoc. It was unnerving how many years the evil ones planned their attacks. Sleepers are activated by a phone call to perform the evil task at hand.

This novel was one thrill ride full of action, suspense, drama and some romance. It was definitely entertaining and scary to think how many of these things could happen in current time. It also reminded me to pray more for our military and the people that run our country and for our President. This was a book that made you think and appreciate our military personnel, government and gave me the urge to get on our knees to pray for our nation. I can’t wait to read another book by this master story teller.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
http://www.bookfun.org/

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nora,
    I tried clicking on the link to enter the giveaway but it doesn't pull up. Do you know the exact link or who is hosting it?
    Thanks!
    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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