Rogue Strike by David Ricciardi

Rogue Strike

David Ricciardi

With all the governments of the Middle East looking for them and no help from their own side, Jake Keller finds himself in a desperate race to stay ahead of the mob and find out who’s actually behind a crime.

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Jake Keller finds himself in a familiar position—on the run for his life and desperate to find the shadowy figures behind a global conspiracy.

CIA agent Jake Keller and his partner, Curt Roach, are in Yemen on an important mission. They've been tipped off to a secret meeting of top al Qaeda leaders. The plan is to interrupt the meeting with a few unexpected visitors—a pair of Hellfire missiles from an orbiting drone. But the drone stops responding to their signals and soon disappears over the horizon. When next seen, the drone is attacking innocent pilgrims in Mecca. 

Jake and Curt are staggered. The U.S. government is desperate to disavow this atrocity. Who better to blame than a couple of rogue CIA agents? With all the governments of the Middle East looking for them and no help from their own side, they are in a desperate race to stay ahead of the mob and find out who's actually behind the crime.

Advance Galley Reviews

Unfortunately, this book expired before I could finish it. I did like what I got to read of it though.

David Ricciardi’s second novel to feature Jack Tepper takes the reader right to the edge of nuclear war. On a mission to spot a leader of al-Qaeda and call in a drone strike, Jake and fellow agent Roach send the co-ordinates, but the mission goes terribly wrong. Rather than striking their target, the missile is re-directed to Mecca during the Hajj, where it kills and wounds thousands. With blame falling on their shoulders, the only chance they have to clear their names is to reach Roach’s contact in Saudi Arabia. On their journey thy are capture, tortured and Roach is killed, leaving Jake, an inexperienced agent, to escape and discover the truth. What Jack discovers is a plan to disgrace the United States and further weaken the country with a nuclear attack. General Wu-Ding of China is tired of his president’s policy of defensive strategies. Working with Faisal, second in line to the throne of Saudi Arabia, he hopes to form an alliance that will provide China with much needed oil and end the Saudi alliance with America. Proof of China’s involvement sends the US to DEFCON 2, with preparations to launch an attack on China in retaliation. Ricciardi keeps you on the edge of your seat as random terror attacks take place in the US and protesters in Saudi Arabia demand action against America. In today’s world with modern technology and the frequent reporting of violent attacks, this is a story that is somewhat frightening but will keep you glued to the pages.

Fast paced with non stop action. Couldn't put it down and so very relevant to current affairs. Lots of tension which kept me on the edge until the very end. Jake, a CIA operative, about to be blamed for something he didn't do has to go against the agency to prove his innocence. And the conspiracy he finds is awful but exciting to read about. Looking forward to reading more from this author.

A good book that I really enjoyed. It starts little slow but really picked up pace in the second half. A conspiracy by members of the governments of Saudi Arabia, Iran and China attempt to force the hands of the United States any anyone sympathetic to their ideals. I look forward to more from the author.

Action packed book that is hard to put down. The style in which it is written is easy to follow along with. The plot is sadly, believable in this day and age. I hate that one of them died so early on in the book! Overall, it's a well written story that I would definitely recommend.

This story starts with almost nonstop action and never slows down. I finished it straight through in one reading. The title has a little of everything, thriller, suspense, back room betrayals and terrorist plots and lots of heart-pounding action. Jake, the main character fills the requisite tough CIA operative spot in the Middle East, where he struggles through a high stakes game and race to stop terrorists nuking a United States target after an alleged air strike on Mecca by the United States. I recommend for a fast and thrilling read. There is a prior book that I added to my to read list.

Rogue Strike is a fast-paced action-packed thriller that anticipates several doomsday scenarios that could bring on World War III including a hijacked US drone attacking the Haj in Mecca, the destabilization of the Saudi Kingdom, the Iranian designs on Yemen, and Middle Eastern terrorists entering through the Southern US border and wreaking absolute havoc. Although the story has several alternating points of view -a popular storytelling method these days, the narrative is at its best when CIA operative Jake is engaged in one on one combat in Yemen, in Libya, or in Riyadh.


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