By Bob Graham
Vanguard Press, $25.99
Shortly after an explosive op-ed piece about the 9/11 investigation appears in the New York Times, its author, former Senator and Co-chair of the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry Commission John Billington, is murdered near his Florida home. Enter Tony Ramos, ex-Special Forces operative and former aide to Sen. Billington and currently a State Department intelligence analyst. Billington, having sensed the danger he faced, has left Ramos detailed instructions for an investigation into suspected Saudi complicity in 9/11. Ramos, in conjunction with Billington's daughter Laura, uncovers a shocking international conspiracy linking the Saudi Kingdom to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Despite efforts to derail their investigation, whose scope encompasses Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Ramos and Laura discover that the Kingdom has recently provided bin Laden and al-Qaeda with three nuclear devices, two of which are successfully detonated by the terrorists overseas. But they were just a warm up to the grand finale. The third device, Ramos learns, will be detonated off the California coast. Now Ramos and a team of Special Forces must race against time to prevent al-Qaeda from unleashing nuclear disaster on American shores, and beyond.
The Keys to the Kingdom is a political thriller cut from the cloth of all of the things I love to read! It's got foreign intrigue, conspiracy, a powerful lead character and a plot right off of today's world headlines.
The Keys to the Kingdom is written by former Senator and Governor of Florida, Bob Graham. The Senator's insight and knowledge are stellar. This author's firsthand experiences lend credibility to the many plot lines and characters when writing about international terrorists and conspiracies in our post 9-11 world. So of course the reader has to wonder where fiction ends and fact begins. What a great hook! All those pieces, when put together, should make a great mystery puzzle. It's a solid story premise and is well written with lots of intrigue and suspense.
I was excited to receive this book to read and review. However, something just didn't click for me. I couldn't stay connected to the characters, and the romantic sub plot just didn't gel for me. I think there were too many threads that were left untied. I was glad that I stuck with Graham's The Keys to the Kingdom as he tells an interesting story. I know that many readers will enjoy this book and its story. But I just can't say that I loved it.
2 1/2 out of 5 stars.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and in no way affected my review.