2013-09-10 19:56:18 - Dr. Michael Gresalfi, WMD/terrorism expert, and John Darrin, radiological preparedness expert, collaborate on a compelling vision of a terrorist attack on America. The carefully researched book exposes the vulnerability to terrorist alliances.
A new thriller, The Rockets' Red Glare, depicts a plausible alliance between al Qaeda terrorists and the domestic hate group, WAR, to detonate dirty bombs disguised as July 4th fireworks over twelve major American cities.
Al Qaeda terrorists steal a large amount of radioactive cesium from an industrial site and place it in fireworks displays. To escape the vigilance of the country's law enforcement and homeland security forces searching frantically for the dangerous material, they enlist the White Aryan Resistance to provide its white, Christian soldiers to deploy the weapons across the country. Two men, terrorism expert Cal Bellotta and computer wizard Ray Nassiri, figure out the truth and must peel away the layers of deception to reveal the conspiracy before
Independence Day becomes Doomsday.
The story moves forward through the viewpoint of multiple characters, from the protagonists and antagonists to government responders and investigators to everyday citizens caught up in the cataclysmic events. Reviewer Derek Armstrong of the webzine Films and Books calls The Rockets' Red Glare "a gritty, real-world portrayal of how the unspeakable could be accomplished by terrorists" and "a great read that never once slips."
And experts from homeland security such as Kevin Kraus of Counter-Terrorism Operations Support said, "Darrin and Gresalfi have woven together a fact-based thriller that sends shivers down the spines of those of us who work diligently every day to ensure these types of events don't happen."
John Darrin is the author of two previous novels, The Law of the Pack and Screenshot, and worked as a consultant in radiological emergency preparedness. Dr. Michael Gresalfi is a senior government advisor on terrorism, WMD, and the prevention and response mission areas. Together, they bring a level of reality and tension that will keep readers engrossed until the final, breathtaking ending.
Dr. Gresalfi is unavailable for comment due to the sensitive operational nature of his current government assignment, but John Darrin said, "Michael and I spent countless hours over the last four years researching and creating a real story that is also a compelling read. People need to be aware that events like these are closer to 'when it will happen' than 'if it will happen"
Available September 10 on Amazon.