Bantam, Feb 2001, 5.99, 352 pp.
Former CIA director reclusive industrialist J. August Marshal understands the blight of terrorism. Unable to idly sit by, he decides to form the Specialists, a cadre of law enforcement types around the world willing to cross the legal line to stop a terrorist from succeeding. Former CIA field agent Wade Thorne heads the group with Kat Killinger his second in command.
After some scenarios in the Middle East, the group proves it is an impressive fighting unit. They soon learn from an action on Iraqi soil that the “Big One' is planed for American soil with a six to seven digit death goal. Checking alternate source that confirm the reality of the threat, the Specialists try to find out what is really planned so they can stop it before hundreds of thousands of innocent people lose their lives.
Anyone, who enjoys an action-packed, explosive post-Soviet Union thriller will definitely want to read THE SPECIALISTS: NUKE DOWN. With so much going on, the readers never get to know the characters that well except how they react to danger. Chet Cunningham is the ultimate equal opportunity writer as he sends female commandos into the same scenarios as their male counterparts without a thought towards gender. This well-done novel will remind readers of Jack Higgins works placed inside a pulp thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner