Fear Itself
Fear Itself
Fear Itself
Jay Fitzpatrick

Fear Itself

  • Publish Date: 2014-04-08
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Jay Fitzpatrick

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America is under attack! Terrorists have launched the ultimate weapon for which there is no defense. Fear; Fear Itself. Only one man, whose past is as perilous as the precipice on which the country now sits, can save us. The FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security never saw it coming. Our President is unable or unwilling to stop it. Murder, chaos, cover-ups, international intrigue, and financial ruin are the road map to Americas future. A satirical, absurd, irreverent look at our country and a government gone mad. America is scared. Americans are scared to death. Tommy Burk is that man and along with his friend, NYPD Police Commissioner Riley, the Mayor and a sharp, attractive CNN reporter; save NEW YORK, expose an inept corrupt US Government and set out to save our country. Burk and Riley, combat Marines Vets, survived Viet Nam but will they survive America. It's the NYPD against the FBI. New York against Washington DC. America has become a country of dysfunctional families, morally diffident financiers, all led by delusional, corrupt politicians. Burk doesn't like what he sees, and he's going to change it. He is going to make the dysfunctional function, overturn the tables of the money changers and instill the fear of God into the politicians. This is a page turner from page 1 to the end and you will have no idea where it is headed or how it will end. I guarantee it! Kirkus Review Fitzpatricks debut political thriller untangles the depths of government corruption in the event of a terrorist attack on the United States major cities. Tommy Burk, a Vietnam veteran and general tough guy, gets pulled into the thick of a terrorist attack when he gets called in by his old commander, New York Citys Police Commissioner Riley. As the American Muslim Brotherhood sets forest fires across America, three ticking bombs also imminently threaten New York, Chicago and LAthat is, until Burk proves them to be duds. This revelation embarrasses an inept, crooked federal government, led by the fumbling President Hilton, who quickly tries to frame Burk as the villain despite his heroic deeds. By the time the fiendish vice president orders a 9/11-esque attack on a Saudi skyscraper and then pays the fatal price for his actions, the government has really lost control. After repeatedly escaping capture and even death, Burk, Riley and their newfound ally, reporter Kelly Sullivan, become real heroes. Fitzpatricks fast-paced narrative is full of sharp turns, many of which are charmingly unbelievable. His portrayal of a government ready to lie, steal and kill is alternately hilarious and confusing, even using thinly veiled fake names for real politicianse.g., Hilton for Clinton, Bloomfield for Bloomberg, Kearney for Kerry, etc. But the representation of the terrorist sect is a bit uncomfortable. Although, of course, terrorists arent likely to be sympathetic, stereotypes about Muslims awkwardly permeate the novel, occasionally even couched in characters racial slursI dont mean to sound like a racist, but a towel head is a towel headand broad conflations of Middle Eastern countries. The novels unpredictable action is usually more frustrating than fun, complicated by sometimes clunky, repetitive prose: Americans were scared that they were going to be blown up or burned to death. They were seeing their country destroyed and were scared to death. A somewhat strange but mildly exciting novel imagining a titanic crisis.

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