One day a few years into the next millennium, the testing of a new superweapon that is supposed only to disrupt electronics goes awry and a U.S. Navy cruiser with nearly 400 personnel aboard is vaporized. Woops. A few months later, a superconscientious Naval Academy midshipman, assigned with her company to special duty at the Pentagon when Russia is to be inducted into NATO, oversleeps because of a prank played against her and misses the bus. Woops, again. But it doesn't seem so bad, after all, when terrorists board the bus and kill everybody on it, replacing them with commandos in dress whites. That leaves one determined, duty-bound midshipman to get into the Pentagon after the terrorists, who call themselves the Sons of Liberty, have seized the place (apparently to force election reform), and help Tom Chase, a civilian who has top-level clearance because of his cyberskills, prowl around and find out what the terrorists' agenda really is. (Psst! Remember that superweapon?) The Reeves-Stevenses blend elements of Seven Days in May and the Die Hard movies with lots of techno-detail ala Tom Clancy to produce pretty good fodder for Bruce Willis' next shoot-'em-up. That it has enough cardboard additional characters for cameos by stars who have gone a bit beyond their expiration dates and that it concludes with a family reunification ought to help it onto celluloid, too. Oh, yes, it is also fun enough reading.
PRETTY GOOD READ, NOT QUITE LIKE A CLANCY BUT VERY CLOSE
BOOK IS WITH OUT THE COVER
Being a fan of this writing team I was expecting a great story and I got it. Lots of action, suspense, humor and good old fashion ingenuity.
IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS DON'T READ PAST THIS.
A group of multinational terrorists take over the Pentagon with the intent of showing the world just how evil the American government has become. They seem to do it with ease but don't expect a very stubborn General, a sassy and seriously pissed off midshipman, a Pacifist computer geek or a very opinionated Major (formerly married to the computer geek) to thwart their plans.
In the end...the Good Guys win, the Bad Guys die and the Weapon of Mass Destruction is stopped with only seconds to spare.
"Quicksilver" is definitely a top-shelf action/techno/military adventure.
When unknown enemies take over the pentagon and America's control of her space assets, it is left to a few people to stop them and their plan to usurp our newest super weapon.
This is a page-turner with plenty of action, modern (or fictional) weapons and tech. The characters are easy to identify with and believable.
My only complaint is that too much political content sometimes causes a serious break in the overall flow of the story.
Good reading nonetheless,
Second book with the same characters. Excellent. Full of action and suspense.