Simon & Schuster, Jun 2004, 24.95, 432 pp.
While the United Nations is struggling with a peacekeeping mission in the Philippines, al-Qaeda plans on a spectacular bombing to disrupt the efforts. US Senator Drew Langan receives classified information that highlights the al-Qaeda plot, but he sets it aside as he has no involvement in what is going on and there are capable people working the anti-terrorism circuit. However, the overseas scenario comes home to roost when someone tries to kill Drew.
Meanwhile Drew's estranged son, CIA operative Cole is working an assignment near Iligan City, the sight of the al-Qaeda endeavor. He knows that with the United Nations involved,, what could go wrong will and he could be a collateral damage statistic even if he does everything right; catching malaria would be a benefit. An ocean and continent apart, the two Langans fight to survive the war on terrorism.
COBRAVILLE is an exhilarating international thriller that contrasts the war on terrorism on two fronts, state-side vs. jungle warfare. The story line deftly switches back and forth between the two Langdons as each in there own way struggles to survive. Whether the fight is a jungle military operation or typical DC political bunko-bunko, fans receive an often humorous, but always insightful and keen look at a world gone amuck and gory. It is so believable fans will conclude that Carsten Stroud could make Senator Kennedy and the French believe that he knows where the WMD are hidden without bushwhacking anyone's reputation.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner